Arlesey Town 0 Chatham Town 1
Sunday 26th March 2006Chatham Town found themselves playing into a strong wind in the first half, however a well organised display by the back four of Tom Binks, Luke Mortimore, Andy Boyle and Matt Bourne, kept the home side out during their best spell of the game in the opening minutes, writes Neil Sanders.
Chats then started to get the better of their opponents with Steve Best and Darren Smith winning the midfield battles, while Mark Brooks and Byron Walker started finding some space out wide.
They nearly took the lead after 26 minutes when a low cross by Simon Austin was deflected off a defender onto the crossbar.
Luke Harvey went close soon afterwards only to be denied by a decent save from Carl Tasker.
Chatham probably should have had a penalty in 1st half stoppage time as Arlesey defender Mark Njotsa virtually caught the ball when under pressure from Harvey.
With the wind now behind them, Chatham pushed forward straight from the second half kick off.
Smith was just off target from a free kick and Walker was close to converting a cross from Brooks.
The only goal came after 56 minutes. A ball down the left found Austin, who ran on into the 18 yard area before finding the corner of the net via the far post.
Chats continued to create chances and always looked the more likely to add to the score. They never really looked threatened at the back as Kevin Fewell was given a quiet afternoon.
A good team performance all round and with other results going in their favour, Chatham now move back up to 10th in the table.
Chatham Town: Fewell, Binks, Mortimore, Boyle, Bourne, Best, Smith, Brooks, Harvey (Denness 71), Austin (Coleman 87), B.Walker (Akhazzan 71). Subs: Lyons, Miles