Chipstead slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Faversham in their latest league match, but thankfully lost no ground on the teams below them in the league table.
By Trevor Stotten.
On the dry, bumpy and sandy pitch, it was difficult to get going, but Chips had the best of the early exchanges, with Leon Lalor-Dell and Karl Parker combining well down the left, so it was gutting to concede in just the eighth minute, when the home centre-forward chested home a cross from the right.
Faversham’s lead seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors, and their lead nearly doubled when Tommy Smith’s cushioned header back to Luke Colquhoun in goal, evaded the keeper, but thankfully the ball went past the post.
However, Chipstead were still in the game – Jason Henry, skipper on the day, had two good efforts on goal, but in vain – Chris O’Flaherty hit a rasping left-foot drive, which the home keeper pushed away for a corner. Lalor-Dell then cut the ball back from the by-line, but Matt Warren shot over the bar.
At the other end, Colquhoun had to be alert to tip a home effort over the bar, but, from the resultant corner, he dived bravely at the feet of the left-back, who unfortunately got to the ball first to poke it home for 2-0.
Seven minutes after the break, the home side were 3-0 ahead, as their forward bundled the ball home.
Chipstead brought on 2 subs, and changed their formation, but Faversham killed the game in the seventy-first minute, when their centre-forward let the ball drop, and shot over his shoulder, giving Colquhoun no chance.
Matt Males scored a consolation goal for Chips with two minutes to go, getting a firm header to another O’Flaherty corner, but the points had gone. Henry was harshly pulled up for offside just before the final whistle, but the home side had the victory.
Chipstead remain in 20th position in the league table, 8 points ahead of the bottom 3, with a big game next up at Three Bridges, where manager Antony Williams will want a much better outcome for his team.