Chessington & Hook 1 Frimley Green 3
By Matthew Flude
Frimley start the year with a win.
Chessington & Hook vs Frimley Green – 05/01/2019
Match Report By Alex Walker.
Frimley began the new year with a win, which was their tenth in eleven games, against a Chessington team who themselves were on a good run of form ending 2018 with 1 defeat in their last 4 games.
Frimley made four changes to their side from their win over Cove; James Batchelor coming in for the injured Zac Horkan, Tony Trinder replacing Calum Nimmo, Roberto Dos Santos returned to the club and replaced Louis Hibbert while George Bowerman replaced the suspended Sean Latimer up front.
The teams both had early free kicks, Ed Mckinlay forcing a save from Ian Hewitt before Chessingtons Ajani Laing hit his effort over Chris Harris’ bar. We did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game when Tate Greenaway was put through on goal to finish low into the net to make it 1-0 to the hosts. There was a big question mark over this as both forwards seemed offside, but the goal stood.
Frimley had a chance to equalise soon after when a great ball forward from Captain Jim Ward found Dan Bone on the right-hand edge of the box. The forward hit the ball first time, seeing his effort go wide. Another Frimley attack ended when Cam Miller was slightly late in a 50/50 with a Chessington defender on the edge of the box with the midfielder receiving a booking for the challenge.
The hosts had a chance to go further ahead on 17 minutes when Greenaway was through again after another questionable offside decision went his way, but out of nowhere Ward managed to get back and make a great last-ditch tackle and the hosts only won a corner. Two minutes later and Frimley gained an equaliser in fortuitous circumstances.
Dos Santos swung in a corner to the near post, the ball hitting post and defender on its way into the net. This sprung the away side into life and in the next minute Bowerman was through on goal, but his first effort was saved by the keeper before his rebound was blocked by the home defence. The resulting corner ended with Ward shooting wide from the edge of the box.
The hosts were gaining the upper hand around the half hour mark, first Laing saw his header go over the bar at the far post before Sean David found himself through on goal but shot over when one-on-one with Harris. In the 32nd minute, Frimley were forced into a change when Ben Dearlove replaced the unfortunate James Batchelor as a precaution.
Frimley were starting to gain the upper hand going into the final ten minutes of the half. Sam Hamer played a great through ball for Bone who ran on and hit it on the volley but the effort went wide. Frimley won the ball back from the resulting goal kick and saw McKinlay’s cross end up with dos Santos at the back post. The winger was able to control before putting his effort wide of the far post.
The end of the half saw Bone collide with Hewitt, which saw the keeper need to leave the game at half time. Ward was booked for fouling a Chessington attacker who refused to put the ball out even though being told to by his own bench.
Half Time: Chessington & Hook 1-1 Frimley Green.
The second half was quiet for the first quarter of an hour, the only effort of note was Greenaway having a chance for the hosts but the forward put his shot wide when through on goal. On the hour, Bone sprung into life after feeling the effects of the collision at the end of the first half when he picked up the ball on the right before delivering into the box for Bowerman, The striker held of his marker before turning and placing the ball into the far corner beyond the reach of the substitute keeper to make it 2-1 to Frimley.
10 minutes later, the hosts almost equalised when a header from a corner was cleared by dos Santos from in front of the goal. The block proving costly for the hosts as on the next Frimley attack, they increased their lead to 3-1. Leo Medrado knocked the ball over the top of the flat backline for Dan Bone to run onto and lift the ball over the advancing keeper into an empty net.
The hosts did have a chance to get straight back into the game but Adam Marie’s effort from a corner ended up going wide when he was alone at the far post and scuffed his shot. Into the last 15 minutes of the game, McKinlay was booked after challenging Laing out wide, the Chessington winger going down far too easily and winning the free kick for his team. Very minimal contact if any.
Frimley were controlling the game going into the last ten minutes and neither side managed to create many more clear chances, Hamer having Frimleys best effort, volleying wide from a Ben Dearlove cross.
Chris Harris was called into action one final time when saving Laing’s drive from outside of the box.
Full Time: Chessington & Hook 1-3 Frimley Green.
A good competitive game which saw Frimley work hard to break down their hosts who had several youngsters in their side. Special mention goes to Cam Miller who was given man of the match after a non-stop all action display, winning many battles in midfield and breaking up a lot of positive attacks from the hosts.
We hope that Ian Hewitt makes a speedy recovery from his injury after receiving treatment on the field for around 20 minutes and ending up in hospital.
Harris (GK), Batchelor (Dearlove), Trinder, Ward, McKinlay, dos Santos, Hamer, Miller, Medrado, Bowerman, Bone