Amersham Town 2 - 0 Irchester Utd
Spartan South Midlands League: Division One.
Matches between two teams at the bottom of the table are often dog fights. But any self-respecting dog would have been horrified at the quality of the fare in the first half. The defences were well on top and neither team managed to fashion a chance or even test the keeper as tension was took its toll on both sides.
The game badly needed a moment of inspiration and it received one two minutes after the break. The ball lobbed around in mid-field and eventually fell to Amersham’s Nick Kerley about twenty eight yards from goal. He took two touches and then let fly with a shot that soared past the helpless Ben Westwood in the Irchester goal.
Amersham players then relaxed and played some excellent football creating a number of chances whilst the defence continued to deny the Irchester forwards any space. Ten minutes into the half Charlie Line broke through three defenders on the left but his cross was deflected onto the roof of the net. Then, from a wicked Kerley cross, substitute Alfie Hall headed just wide. Hall was at the centre of the action eight minutes later when he collected a through ball, rounded the keeper but was denied by a last ditch tackle by Irchester’s Ben Watford.
Irchester, who never gave up the game, then created their one clear chance but the forwards’ shot was blocked and Town keeper Oliver Keil had an easy save. At the other end Amersham continued to press for the cushion of a second goal and got their reward with eight minutes left to play. Harry Bennett and Kerley exchanged passes on the right for Kerley to fire the ball across the six yard box. Hall was the first to react and shot home for his first senior goal.
Amersham Town: Keil, Line, Gibson, Nott, Symons, Deritis, Kerley, Perman, O’Sullivan, Holland, Bennett
Subs: Fowler, Salami, Clifford, Tams-Lovell, A Hall.