The Chequer met Beckett Wanderers for the third time this
season in Sunday's Premier Division first round cup tie,
and came away with our second win against our opponents
to advance to the quarter finals.
Beckett were probably the better footballing
side for the majority of this match, but fortunately they
were not ruthless in front of goal. Chequer defended well
as a unit, with the returning Richard Wilkie playing very
solidly at right back. Twice when Beckett did get through
the back four, David Kennett made smart reaction saves
to keep us in the game.
Chequer created a few chances of their
own, with Danny Gainsford impressively winning the ball
in central midfield and starting a number of attacking
moves. Fittingly it was Danny who scored the opener -
a thumping header from close range after an excellent
free kick was delivered by his central midfield partner
Sean Hourigan, who was arguably our best outfield player
Chequer took a 2-0 lead shortly after
half time, when Aaron comber hit an impressive and unstoppable
shot from a narrow angle on the edge of the 18 yard box.
This appeared to sow the game up, as although Beckett
continued to enjoy a lot of possession they lacked a finishing
However, Chequer, as they did last week
and on so many previous occasions, offered a lifeline
to the opposition late in the game with naive defending.
With 8 minutes on the clock, centre-back Tom Pickford
tried to dribble the ball out of our 18 yard box, only
to have the ball taken off his toes for Beckett to score.
This goal was probably the least Beckett deserved and
it gave them belief that they could force the game into
extra time and they pressed hard for an equaliser.
With just a minute on the clock, Tom
once again got caught in possession trying to overplay
the ball when all it needed was a good old fashioned hoof
out of defence. A quick interchange of passes saw Beckett
bearing down on goal, David Kennett stood big and firm
and the Beckett forward blasted the ball straight at him
from 5 yards, and for once we had held on to victory.