Chatham Town FC v Lordswood FC – Tuesday 15th June 2021 – The Bauvill Stadium

Warm up at the Bauvill before the game.

It was a warm June evening for this post-lockdown tournament fixture between Chatham Town FC (red shirts and white shorts) and Lordswood FC (sky blue shirts and shorts). There was a decent crowd in when I arrived 25 minutes prior to the 7.45 pm kick off.

The mini tournament has been really popular, and the attendance for this fixture was still high, despite the France v Germany Euro Championship fixture being live on TV. Lordswood FC, are something of a local rival to Chatham, and both sides, usually, ply their trades in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division.

The table shows that Chatham have all but qualified for the final next week. Lordswood came into the game as underdogs.
The Chatham Town FC side (courtesy of the club twitter page) showed a number of changes for this game with some young players being given a start and some experienced players being rested ahead of next week’s final.
Lordswood’s matchday side, courtesy of the club’s Twitter account

Both sides started attacking confidently. On 16 minutes Lordswood appeared to take the lead with a nicely finished goal only for it to be cancelled out for a handball decision, seen by the assistant referee and flagged quite late.

Lordswood open the scoring on 16 minutes only for it to be ruled out.

Chatham seemed to spur themselves on immediately from this and two minutes later the ball was put in from the right for Strouts to slot home to make it 1-0 and send the crowd behind the goal wild.

Strouts celebrates his 18th minute opener for Chatham.

The game then became end to end, with Chatham having the better chances. Tackles flew in and both sides seems to forget this match wouldn’t affect the finalists and played with all the pride and passion you’d expect in a local derby game.

Lordswood attack
Pressure on both goals

On 43 minutes Chatham pressure paid off and Evans finished for the second goal to make it 2-0.

Jack Evan’s goal.

The second half continued to be a battle with both sides pushing for more goals and tackles flying in with energy and aggression.

A full blooded challenge.

Chatham had some good chances, but fortune and strong defending kept them from breaching the Lordswood goal.

A rare pause in play in a frenetic second half.
Chatham strike the bar as they go all out for a third goal.

Just when it seemed as if the game had no more goals in it and, with the match in the 87th minute, Chatham pushed forward and with a headed finish from Pilbeam, made it 3-0.

Pilbeam makes it 3-0.

Chatham continued to pressure the Lordswood defence until the 90th minute. at the final whistle the ground emptied with fans knowing the next time Chatham played, it would be in the final of the tournament, next Thursday. Although the result was 3-0 the match was closely fought, and Lordswood really competed throughout.

Fans begin to leave as the game closes out.

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