Match Report FA Trophy Chesham United
Chesham United 2 (3) v Whyteleafe FC 2 (2)
By Matt White
A visit to Buckinghamshire awaited us in the FA Trophy 3rd Round Qualifying. The journey up there started having similarities of our last trip to the same county when our game with Burnham was postponed due to a waterlogged/unsafe pitch just over an hour before kick-off. Chesham United tweeted at 1pm that some wet patches on the pitch were being worked on and the match going ahead would be dependent on whether the rain got any worse so when the clouds opened up and a sudden downpour began, it was starting to be "WITCHful thinking" (Sorry I had too, it was Halloween after all) this one was going to go ahead. But luckily the shower didn’t last too long and after a great effort by the Chesham groundsman on the pitch, the game was confirmed as good to go.
Chesham started the second half off with a goal within 2 minutes of the restart, ball played through and their number 10 slotting it home. The home side continued to look dangerous, Tyler McCarthy playing strongly to deny them an equaliser. 64th minute saw a penalty awarded to Chesham, no arguments from the Leafe players. The ball was put to Tyler’s left and he went the right way catching the ball in his hands quite comfortably. Whyteleafe had a penalty of their own in the 82nd minute, this time it was the turn of the Chesham goalkeeper Sam Beasant (son of Dave Beasant) to save one, with Ryan Gondoh missing from the spot. Into the final 5 minutes of the game, a powerful header towards goal from Chesham saw Tyler once again pulling off a brilliant save which should’ve been enough to see the game out. However, with the last kick of the game in the 95th minute Chesham found themselves an equaliser. The game therefore went straight to a penalty shootout, which saw Leafe lose 3-2 and bow out of the FA Trophy for this season.
To see all of Matt’s photographs from Saturday’s FA Trophy match go to mattwhitefootballwanderer.com/saturday-31st-october/