• Mike Gahagan

Never a dull moment as Town triumph

Amersham Town 5: Brimsdown 3.

This was the sort of game which turns managers prematurely grey and leaves coaches sobbing quietly in a darkened room.

Town were two nil up within twelve minutes. From a corner on the left the ball was returned from the far post striking a defender on the hand. It seemed a harsh penalty but Seldyn Grant despatched the spot kick confidently to the keeper’s right. Three minutes later Town doubled the advantage. A poor clearance by Ali Dogan in the Brimsdown goal resulted in the ball being returned immediately to Amersham’s Reon Thomas who chipped the keeper as he came out.

Amersham continued to attack with speed and purpose but were then caught out by a fine goal. From an Amersham corner, Brimsdown cleared the ball to the left and a cross field pass enabled Ahmed Aribi to cut in the fire his shot past Amersham’s Mackenzie Taylor. Amersham responded immediately and Alec Wallace’s accurate low cross found Thomas in the six yard box to fire past Dogan. Town then missed a golden opportunity to make the game safe when a Brimsdown defender handled the ball, this time for a clear penalty. Hassen Al-Murtada, however, put his spot kick too close to Dogan who saved to his right.

In case the spectators were getting bored Amersham then livened up the game. First Taylor came rushing out of goal and felled an attacker for a clear penalty. He redeemed himself by pulling off a fine save diving to his right to palm wide Ibrahim Diawara’s spot kick. Unfortunately the goalkeeper’s good work was undone on the stroke of half time when he cleared the ball straight to Brimsdown’s Brandon Martin, Once the forward had recovered from his surprise he shot into the unguarded net.

The game continued in much the same vein in the second half. With seventy seven minutes gone Brimsdown equalised. A cross found a Brimsdown attacker unmarked to fire past Taylor. The game was now in the balance. With seven minutes to play, however, Harry Andrews bundled home Josh Johnson’s low cross from the left and, on ninety minutes Alec Wallace reacted first to a long bouncing ball and lobbed Dogan as he advanced. Town’s supporters could at last relax!

Amersham Town: Taylor, Aldridge, Samuel, Hagan, Symons, Wilson, Al-Murtada, Grant, Thomas, Ankrah, Wallace. Subs: Johnson, Andrews, Andrews, Nott, Spence.

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