AMERSHAM PLAY WELL AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS...
ST PANTELEIMON 2-0 AMERSHAM TOWN
There can be honour in defeat as Amersham Town demonstrated in this game.
St Panteleimon are undefeated in three seasons and have averaged more than three goals a game so far in this campaign. They are strong throughout the side and attack and defend in numbers. Amersham, however, were never overwhelmed and played some excellent football of their own without ever managing that final breakthrough.
The game was only seven minutes old when a quick break up the St Panteleimon left released the dangerous Noyan Tajbakhsh ( a name designed to frustrate commentators the world over ) free to release a cross behind the defence. St Panteleimon’s Courtney Massay was on hand to knock the ball past the exposed Alex Clarke in the Amersham goal. Far from being nonplussed Amersham mounted some attacks of their own and had a loud shout for penalty dismissed by the referee, who maintained a firm grip on the game throughout.
St Panteleimon scored their second with five minutes of the half remaining. Again the raid came up the left followed by a dangerous cross. The Amersham defender, who had the ball covered, slipped on the greasy surface allowing Massay to smash the ball in off the bar.
With centre back Josh Peacock off injured Amersham supporters feared the worst for the second period. Amersham, however, stepped up a gear and more than held their own. Chances at both ends were rare, ‘though the game was always entertaining as both sides played their football. Amersham were grateful to a couple of fine blocks by Mikey Hagan and an astute clearing tackle by Makick Doumbia whilst the Amersham midfield and attack probed without managing the defence splitting pass.
Amersham are at home to Winslow United on Saturday. They are also seeking people to help run this friendly club, If anyone is interested they should contact the club secretary, Bryan Fisher, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome.
Amersham Town: Clarke, Aldridge, Mistretta, Hagan, Peacock, Symons, Ramsey, Grant, Thomas, Johnson, Wallace. Subs: Beaumont, Stevens, Littleboy, Doumbia, Malone.