Chatham Town v Three Bridges – Saturday 4th February 2023 – The Bauvill Stadium

I came again to the Bauvill Stadium, for today’s game, attracted by Chatham Town’s seemingly unstoppable home form in the Isthmian League, this season. A rare defeat away, against second placed Beckenham Town, in midweek, still left Chatham top of the league, but ensured they really needed to secure a win in today’s game, for the three points.

Isthmian League South East Division Table at kick off – Courtesy of
Chatham Town warm up, prior to kick off.

Chatham Town’s free goal scoring has been led by Dan Bradshaw and Jack Evans, with fifteen goals each, ably supported by Emmanuel Oloyede with thirteen goals.

Three Bridges warm up prior to kick off.

Three Bridges FC have struggled this season, sitting in fifteenth place, coming into the fixture.Their goals have come from Kieron Pamment with twelve goals and Noel Leighton with seven goals. Manager Jamie Crellin will have been hoping that his side could come to the Bauvill and break the incredible run of league home success that Chatham Town have enjoyed since 2021.

Chatham Town Matchday Team
– Courtesy of Club Twitter Account.
Three Bridges FC Matchday Squad
– Courtesy of Club Twitter Account

The game started with neither side giving much away and the first half hour was evenly fought. Both Chatham Town and Three Bridges had chances but the defences cancelled each other out.

Chatham Town in red and black shirts and white shorts. Three Bridges in a change kit of all grey with a teal trim.

On 30 minutes the ball found its way down to Chatham’s Daniel Thompson, in the Three Bridges area, who finished from close range, putting Chatham Town one nil ahead.


On the stroke of half time, a 20 yard effort from Matt Bodkin, flew past Mitch Bromage in the Three Bridges goal, to send Chatham Town, into the break, 2-0 up.


Within 4 minutes of the restart, Three Bridges had pulled a goal back, with a twenty five yard effort by Curtis Gayler, that caught both me filming and Ben Bridle-Card, in the Chatham Town goal, unawares!

Goal celebrations at 2-1

In the 68th minute, Three Bridges drew level, when Curtis Gayler struck a free kick for his second wonder goal of the match, to tie the scores at 2-2.


With seventeen minutes still to go, a foul at a corner led to an instant dismissal, for Chatham Town’s Simon Cooper. Despite the impact of having ten men, the home side continued to press for a deciding goal, which also left Three Bridges looking dangerous on the counter attack.

Cooper is dismissed.

The game saw Kevin Hake, Chatham Town’s manager, sent to the stand by the referee before full time. However at the final whistle it was a point shared, for both sides, with Three Bridges going as close as anyone in over a year to breaching Chatham Town’s unbeaten home record, in the league.

Full time.

The crowd of 708, went away feeling they had seen a really entertaining match. Ramsgate’s win at home to Littlehampton, wasn’t quite enough to put them back on top of the league at full time, as Chatham stayed top, on goal difference.

Isthmian League South East Division table at full time – Courtesy of

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Will says:

    Chatham Town is still top[ by dint of having scored one more goal.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mattbritt69 says:

      Just checked and you’re right Will. That’s some good news for the Chats today then!!


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