Chequer gained three valuable points
in this hard fought contest with a strong Beckett Wanderers
Last minute withdrawals had left us with
only eleven available players and forced four changes
from last weeks line up.
The match itself was a very even contest
with both sides enjoying long spells of possession and
creating several scoring opportunities.
The only goal of the game came midway
through the first half. Lewis Partridge delivered a deep
free kick from the left which was headed in by a Beckett
defender under no pressure to gift us a one goal lead.
Shortly afterwards we were fortunate to see Beckett twice
head over from close range when a goal seemed likely.
second half Chequer were also guilty of a couple
of glaring misses, Chris Duffett blazing over with his
weaker left foot after a mazy run and pass from Si Price,
and George Trafford completely miskicked with the goal
at his mercy. Twice more Beckett themselves missed the
target after good approach work had left them bearing
down on goalkeeper David Kennett, fortunately both shots
went wide of the target.
Beckett put us under
enormous pressure, dominating the midfield for long periods
late in the game. They used the strong wind to
put in a number of balls behind the defence. Adam Price
dealt superbly with the majority of the aerial threat,
but we are endebted to Sean Hourigan who managed a superbly
timed tackle to deny Beckett a certain goal and a share
of the points with just three minutes left.
Beckett probably deserved a point today,
but we can be proud of achieving our first clean sheet
of the season, with great defensive work from Adam Price,
Sean Hourigan and new goalkeeper David Kennett.