Amersham Town 3 - 0 Rushden & Higham Utd
Amersham Town rebounded strongly from last weeks away defeat to make it two home wins out of two. All the goals came in the first half and bore a remarkable resemblance to each other as all resulted from powerful strikes from outside the area.
The game was only six minutes old when Harry Bennett broke down the middle and, as the defence closed in, unleashed an unstoppable shot from thirty yards leaving Kyle Swailes in the Rushden goal a mere spectator. Rushden & Higham sought to equalise as a long free kick was headed back across the Amersham goal but the Rushden forward just failed to get a touch. From another free kick Rushden’s John Reynolds directed a header towards the corner of the Amersham net but Town keeper, Oliver Keil palmed wide at full stretch.
On twenty seven minutes Amersham increased their lead. Full back Craig Adu-Adjei stroked a precision ball down the right touchline to Nick Kerley who cut inside and, from twenty eight yards, curled a low shot just beyond Swailes’ despairing dive and into the left hand corner of the net. Eight minutes later Kerley struck again. Again he exchanged passes with Adu-Adje and cut inside but this time unleashed a full blooded shot towards the top corner. Swailes got finger tips to the ball but was unable to prevent it hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing down over the line.
After the excitement of the first half the second period was a somewhat desultory affair. In the stifling heat Town were content to soak up pressure and seek to create chances on the break. Their central defence, with captain Paolo Deritis and Luke Symons being well backed up by Adu-Adje, John Nott and Deryn Fowler, showed commendable resilience and scarcely allowed Rushden a sight of goal. Behind them Keil proved equal to the rare shot whilst at the other end Conrad Holland found Swailes well positioned to gather his strong drive. This win should give Amersham confidence as they visit unbeaten Bedford next Saturday.
Amersham Town: Keil, Adu-Adje, Fowler, Nott, Symons, Deritis, Kerley, Holland, A Hall, Murad, Bennett
Subs: Line, O’Sullivan, Nash-Barker, Colesteanu.