Match Report & photographs Stratford Town 1 - 3 Chesham United
Town lose their unbeaten home record in below par performance
Match Photographs by Granty and Stats by Rod Abrahams
Stratford Town 1 v 3 Chesham United
Luckie 91 Iaciofano 52 Toomey 60, 65
It was a case of before the Lord Mayors show at the MoodChimp Stadium last night as a below par Town fell to their first league defeat against a combative Chesham side in their final game before Saturdays big FA Cup tie at Scarborough.
As he had indicated ahead of this game Carl Adams rang the changes and rotated his squad making three changes from the weekend with Edwin Ahenkorah and Ben Stephens on the bench and there they remained so for the duration of this game as unused substitutes with no doubt an eye on the upcoming FA Cup tie.
Town were second best for most of this game which featured an epic personal duel between Chesham striker Lewis Toomey and Town keeper Luis Connor who made a fantastic double save from Toomey's 32nd minute penalty kick,then just on half time Connor acrobatically tipped Toomeys head over the bar and it was these outstanding saves that would see Connor deservedly win the Marston's Man of the Match award.
Within a minute of the restart the home sides task was made even tougher when Hancocks was dismissed for a second yellow card offence. Although Gallinagh, Recci and Francis were defending stoutly Town's rearguard was finally pierced when Chesham new signing Iaciofano stroked home Cheshams opening goal on 52 minutes.
Despite the endeavours of the busy Summerfield and the industry of Grocott Town never really threatened to level the score and inevitably Chesham's pressure told with the persistent Toomey eventually beating Connor with a brace of goals within a 5 minute spell on 60 and 65 minutes and the game was over as a contest.
Town did get a consolation goal in added time when Jazz Luckie intercepted a loose back pass to run on and strike a consolation goal for the Blues but this was a game to quickly forget as the Blues turn their attentions to the FA Cup tie this coming weekend.
Carl Adams candid post match comments on his teams performance said it all.
“We were outfought and outworked, they were hungrier than us and wanted it more than us and that’s what disappoints me the most.
Possibly there was an element of having one eye on the F A Cup but it never does anyone any good to lose 3-1 at home, and I’ve now got to pick them back up in time for Saturday.I’ve no complaints about the sending-off, but the way we played tonight I don’t think the result would have been any different if we had kept eleven players on the pitch for the 90 minutes.Saturday will be a really tough challenge. I’ve no illusions about that. They will be really up for it on their 3G pitch and we’ve got to go there and play the sort of football that I know we’re capable of on our day. Edwin Ahenkorah is our only injury worry, but if he can’t make it we’ve got Eli Bako who has come on in the last two games and can play up front if needed.”
Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
| 13||Goal Attempts|| 12|
| 5||On Target|| 8|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 5||Corners Won|| 4|
| 5||Crosses into Box|| 7|
| 12||Fouls Conceded|| 10|
| 5||Off Side|| 2|
| 2||Yellow Cards|| 2|
| 1||Red Cards|| 0|
|Town Yellow Cards – Hancocks & Taylor Red Card – Hancocks|