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Match report:

The Chequer F.C. 3 - 2 Beckett Wanderers

Our fourth meeting with Wanderers this season, and for the third time we came away victors by just one goal.

Beckett started the match brightly, with crisp passing and movement and deservedly took the lead in the first 15 minutes when a perfectly weighted through ball found a Beckett Forward unmarked who finished past David Kennett from 8 yards.

Chequer though did not let the goal dishearten them and began to take the game to Beckett. Si Price gave their back line numerous problems with his trickery, and Danny Gainsford and Gareth Dutton began to get a hold of central midfield.

Chequer appeared to equalise on the half hour, when a quickly taken corner by mark Friend-James was volleyed powerfully home from fully 18 yards by Lewis Partridge for what would have been a contender for our goal of the season. The effort was ruled out though because of a dog which had strayed on to the pitch and distracted the Beckett defence.

Chequer soon made up for this, with an equaliser from Mark Friend-James. Si Price cut in from the right, beating 2 defenders, and Mark, though closed down by 2 Beckett players somehow dinked a lovely curling left foot shot past their keeper from 12 yards.

Chequer had the better of the game, but could not find a finishing touch until the 81st minute, when an incisive pass from Tom Pickford found Si Price unmarked; As he advanced in to the Beckett 18 yard box, their keeper recklessly dived in feet forward and bought him down for a definite penalty. Si scored the spot kick himself to put us 2-1 ahead. This was increased to 3-1 just two minutes later when he added his second goal of the game, and with three minutes left the game appeared to be over.

Chequer though, as ever, made life difficult for themselves. Gareth Dutton, who had dropped in to defence made a late challenge from behind and received his second yellow card and his marching orders. From the resulting free kick, Beckett worked a very clever free kick - after 2 step overs everyone expected a shot but the ball was pushed wide to find an unmarked Beckett player who had a simple finish from five yards.

Beckett pushed everyone including their keeper forward after winning a corner in the last minute, but Chequer held firm and came away with three deserved points.

David Kennett
Richard Wilkie
(Sean Hourigan 60)
Adam Price
Tom Pickford
Steve Duffett
Lewis Partridge
Gareth Dutton
Danny Gainsford
Mark Friend-James
Si Price
Phil Lewis

Sean Hourigan (60)
Matt Price (82)

Si Price (2)
Mark Friend-James

Gareth Dutton



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