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Match report:

The Chequer F.C. 2 - 1 Beckett Wanderers

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 yet again.

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 touch.

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.

David Kennett
Richard Wilkie
Adam Price
Tom Pickford
Lewis Partridge
Phil Lewis
Sean Hourigan
Danny Gainsford
Mark Friend-James
Si Price
Aaron Comber

Danny Gainsford
Aaron Comber

David Kennett



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