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Match report:

Taulke Finance 2 - 1 The Chequer F.C.

The Chequer dominated this match throughout yet came away with nothing due to a combination of poor finishing, lazy defending and questionable refereeing.

Taulke Finance by no means played poorly, they were a decent footballing side, who created several scoring opportunities, forcing a fine tip on to the crossbar by David Kennet from a venomous strike within 5 minutes of kick off.

Chequer though created chance after chance in the first half, but some good saves and poor finishing meant the score was 0-0 approaching half time. Warren Partridge, brother Lewis, and Danny Gainsford were all guilty of missing good chances.

Then with two minutes of the half remaining the referee awarded a penalty after a shoulder to shoulder challenge by Sean Hourigan, that was never a foul, and who himself had been manhandled off the ball prior to the challenge and should have been awarded a free kick in his favour. The spot kick was converted and we were trailing 1-0.

In the second half, whilst Taulke threatened on the break, exploiting gaps between the midfield and defence, Chequer continued to have the better of the game. With 20 minutes to go and chasing the game, Tom Pickford who was on for the injured Gareth Dutton, pushed into a five man midfield to leave three at the back. The plan backfired as within 30 seconds Taulke added a second goal exploiting a gap down our left. Lewis Partridge dived in leaving a simple square ball and finish to leave us a mountain to climb.

Shortly afterwards though a fine Chequer move ended with a Warren Partridge close range finish, and with 15 minutes to play and dominating the match a draw seemed likely. However despite numerous further chances from open play and set pieces, Chequer continued to squander everything in front of goal. Aaron Comber twice failed to finish from close range, Danny hit the post and Warren dragged a shot just wide.

Chequer must have had twenty five efforts at goal to Taulke's eight or nine, but fair play to them, they took their two best chances and though their goal led a charmed life, they fought hard for their victory.

Five games, three defeats, six points... any hope of a title challenge is fading fast. On a positive note at least the team played far better than last week and looked more cohesive today.

David Kennett
Adam Price
Sean Hourigan
Steve Duffett
Gareth Dutton
(Tom Pickford 45)
Lewis Partridge
Danny Gainsford
Adam Searle
Si Price
Aaron Comber
Warren Partridge

Tom Pickford (45)

Warren Partridge

Sean Hourigan



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