After an amazing start to the 2021/22 campaign, United moved into the 2022 part with a narrow defeat at The Meadow which sees Chesham United leapfrog Paul Hughes’ side into third although we do have some 7 games in hand.
Hayes & Yeading made three changes to the final starting XI of 2021 as Scott Donnelly, Ben Frempah and Jordan Norville-Williams came into the side with Jack Williams, Marcel Elva-Fountaine and Hassan Jalloh all dropping to the bench.
Both sides looked to take early control of the ball but on a now damp and bobbly pitch it was not easy with nothing of consequence showing in the opening exchanges.
A brace of openings for the visitors fell the way of Omar Rowe around the 15 minute mark, firstly he saw a header from a corner flash wide of the post and shortly after a neat interchange saw Rowe played through but Chesham stopper Sam Beasant did well to deny the United man.
Before the twenty minute mark a similar half chance at each end firstly saw recently departed United man Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick find space to cross from the left but the ball evaded everybody and a couple of minutes later Francis Amartey made similar inroads at the other end but again couldn’t pick out anybody in the middle and the danger was cleared by the home defence.
In the 27th minute the hosts were given a golden chance when Keano Robinson was somewhat harshly penalised for a challenge on Hippolyte-Patrick and the referee pointed to the spot. Jaden Thompson-Brissett stepped up and sent Ravan Constable the wrong way to give the home side the lead with their first real attack of the game.
As United pushed to get back into the game, Liam McDevitt headed on a Scott Donnelly free-kick to Moses Emmanuel but his attempt to shoot was snuffed out by the hosts and then with less than ten minutes to go to the break Kadell Daniel picked out Emmanuel but the ball was nicked off his toes when shaping to shoot and a couple of minutes later Brissett-Thompson collected the ball out wide and pulled it back to Jordan Gibbons who in turn whipped the ball across for Kylian Kouassi to touch home number two at the near post with only a fine full length Constable save denying the hosts a third before the break.
A change at the break for United saw Robinson replaced by Marcel Elva-Fountaine and within a minute United had Emmanuel bundled over in the Chesham area but referee Bolland waved away any claims for a penalty with a similar claim at the other end shortly after also being waved away.
On 54 minutes United got themselves back in the game as Amartey raced forwards from his own half leaving defenders in his wake before firing past Beasant from an acute angle to reduce the deficit to a single goal.
Just past the hour mark Constable saved from a 20 yard free-kick with the defence clearing the resultant corner but it was not to be for United and the game faded away with the visitors not really having any noteworthy chance to pull the game level and we go again next week.
Report by Anon.
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