Knaphill 1-1 Chertsey Town
Combined Counties Premier Division
10th January 2015
After numerous postponements in the Combined Counties leagues recently, both Knaphill and Chertsey Town were very happy to be back playing football again and went into this clash having only played twice in the last four weeks. Would the teams feel well rested or would the Christmas break mean the lack of match fitness could prove decisive? A win for either team would be a great chance to create some distance between themselves and the teams in the bottom five.
It was Chertsey Town who had the better of proceedings in the first half, showing more goal threat and creating a few more clear chances, and so deservedly took the lead on 27 minutes, when some good work by John Geraghty led to a simple finish from Jon Pomroy toward the back post for 0-1.
There was very little other action of note in the first half and Chertsey went in at half time 0-1 to the good.
Knaphill came out in the second half with a lot more purpose and heaped the pressure on the Chertsey defence and were nearly rewarded when the bar was struck, which led to a scramble in the six yard box, which nearly resulted in the equaliser. However, Knaphill weren’t to be dispirited and kept good pressure on Chertsey, making their defence work hard and hitting the bar again midway through the half, before finally making their pressure tell on 76 minutes, when number 11, Ricky Hogsden scored an absolutely fantastic goal! After some good work down the right wing, the cross was slightly deflected, but Hogsden pounced on the loose ball before it could touch the ground, firing a thunderous volley into the top corner from 18 yards.
Knaphill’s good second half work was nearly undone just a few minutes from time when Chertsey striker Michael Saloko found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, only for the Knaphill shotstopper to pull off an excellent and vital save for his team.
The game ended 1-1 and was a good point to start new Caretaker Manager Keith Hill’s tenure, following Phil Ruggles departure midweek.