Chatham Town v Sevenoaks Town – Monday 26th December 2022 – The Bauvill

It was difficult choosing the venue for today’s fixture. In the end I couldn’t ignore the fact that having seen the two sides play at the same venue only six days ago, in the Velocity Trophy, when they fought so competitively and hard as Chatham won through, 2-0, I was intrigued to see how today’s crucial Isthmian league (South East Division) clash would turn out.

Match Programme – Chatham Town Fc

Crowds at the Bauvill had been consistently high this season, with an average of 681. Today being the first Boxing Day fixture for Chatham in a number of years, and with the fixture bringing together two Kent sides, it was no surprise to see a decent crowd of 702 in attendance.

Isthmian League Table (South East Division) at 1.20 pm today (including the results at that time) – Courtesy of http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk

Chatham Town sat comfortably in second place and with a game in hand on leaders Ramsgate, coming into the fixture. Manager Kevin Hake was keen for his side to put some real pressure on the leaders with a home win against their Kent rivals.

Manager’s notes – Courtesy of Chatham Town Match Programme.

Sevenoaks Town had put together a decent run of form to lift themselves into ninth place and were hovering outside the play off places. A win away today would really have boosted their hopes of promotion, in manager Harry Hudson’s first full season in charge.

Sevenoaks Town warm up, prior to kick off.
Sevenoaks Town Matchday Team
– Courtesy of Club Twitter Account
Chatham Town warm up, prior to kick off.
Chatham Town Matchday team
– Courtesy of Club Twitter Account
Teams shake hands prior to kick off.
Chatham Town in red shirts and white shorts. Sevenoaks Town in blue and black striped shirts and black shorts.

In the first minute, Chatham set out their intention, when they won a corner which Taylor took perfectly onto the head of Billy Bennett, who headed home to make it 1-0.

1-0

On 13 minutes, against the early run of play, Sevenoaks Town were level when centre forward, Freddie Parker, finished from close range, with a fine headed goal.

1-1

In the 28th minute Domafriye broke in the left for Chatham and Sevenoaks Town’s Bray was adjudged to have fouled him in the area. The referee considered and then pointed to the spot.

Domafriye Wins a penalty for Chatham Town

Jack Evans duly converted, to put Chatham Town 2-1 ahead. The score remained the same at the break.

Evans celebrates converting the penalty for 2-1
2-1 (Video Courtesy of Emma)
Jack Evans

The second half was closely fought with both sides creating chances. Sevenoaks had two fine attempts from Shomotun late on, and Chatham could easily have added to their lead.

At the final whistle it was Chatham Town who took all three points. Sevenoaks Town manager Harry Hudson knew his side had been much closer to Chatham than in the previous game, six days earlier.

Harry Hudson

Kevin Hake, manager and Chairman of Chatham Town went into the new year knowing his side are still in the running for the title spot, needing now to grind out away results to match their impressive home form.

The final whistle.

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