• Mike Gahagan

Town unlucky not to gain point against St Penteleimon

Amersham Town 1: St Panteleimon 2.

St Panteleimon sit top to the table having conceded only five points so far this season. Against a spirited and resourceful Amersham side, however, they were the team that was pleased to hear the final whistle. In the second half especially Amersham had the majority of the chances and, with a little more luck, would have forced at least a draw.

Whilst St Panteleimon enjoyed most of the possession in the first half chances were restricted for either side. Town keeper, Mackenzie Taylor, had few moments of concern as Amersham maintained their discipline in defence and were always dangerous on the break. On twenty minutes, however, St Penteleimon almost broke the deadlock when, from a cross on the left, Ryan Molloy slipped the ball past Taylor but on to the outside of the post and out of play.

Town have made a bad habit of conceding goals just before and just after the half time whistle. On this occasion it was the former when, from a St Penteleimon free kick on the left, the ball rebounded out and was returned for Nico Campbell to loop a clever header over Taylor and into the net. Defying convention Town then equalised with only four minutes of the second half on the clock. Harry Andrews broke through the centre and was foiled by the legs of St Penteleimon keeper, Donald Manjab. From the resulting corner Hassan Al-Murtada floated in a teasing cross which Manjab could only help into the net.

The game was now evenly balanced as Amersham gave their best performance of the season. Another Al-Murtada in-swinging corner crashed against the bar and rebounded out. Then Andrews twice came close, flicking the ball just wide of the near post from low crosses by Al-Murtada and Tom Littleboy. At the back Kyle Clifford and Randy Spence formed a solid centre defence and, with full backs Jack Aldridge and Luke Symons, denied St Penteleimon clear shooting chances. Thus the winning goal, when it came with ten minutes left to play, was something of a surprise. A long low cross from wide on the St Penteleimon right eluded the Amersham defence and a forward was on hand to strike the ball past Taylor and into the far corner of the net.

Amersham Town. Taylor, Aldridge, Symons, Grant, Clifford, Spence, Ankrah, Hagan, Andrews, Al-Murtada, Littleboy. Subs: Samuel, Bone, Williams, Rodney.

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