Beaconsfield's match reports are written by the club photographer, whose perceptive note-taking enables him to put together amazingly detailed, accurate and fair accounts, while at the same time taking photos of the game. He is some kind of genius.
Beaconsfield Town and Chesham United played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the Southern League Premier Division at The Meadow on Saturday.
The opening exchanges were bitty with both teams struggling to come to terms with a somewhat bobbly surface.
Beaconsfield were enjoying some joy on the flanks particularly the left where Mayo Balogun and Charlie Losasso combined well drawing Bradley Clayton into a rash challenge on Balogun which earned him a booking.
From the resulting free kick, Losasso advanced and struck one of his trade mark efforts from distance but failed to trouble Ben Goode in the Chesham goal.
At the other end Jefferson Louis was proving to be a handful for Reece Yorke and Luke Neville, he provided an effective outlet all afternoon with some good touches, doing the simple things well and linking play.
The best chance of the half fell to Brendan Matthew. Cutting in on the angle from the left edge of the penalty area his cross shot evaded the sliding Steve Brown but the goal bound effort flicked off the ankle of the retreating Luke Warner-Eley and away for a corner which came to nothing.
The second half started quietly. With one eye on recent injuries and a trip to Taunton upcoming Beaconsfield boss Gary Meakin freshened the attacking options replacing Matthew with Marvin Morgan.
As Beaconsfield pressed, the home side continued to look lively on the break with Clayton, Ryan Blake and Ronny Mfinda linking well with the excellent Louis.
Both sides continued to press with Louis Stead, Losasso and Balogun all having shots from distance without unduly troubling Goode while at the other end sub Dave Pearce flashed a cross shot across goal but it evaded everyone and the chance passed.
Rams faithful thought Bajram Pashaj may be about to steal all three points as the winger cut in from the left with one of his trade mark mazy dribbles, working into a shooting position just inside the box but delayed his shot a beat and when he did let fly his effort was blocked by Kieran Murphy who flung himself in the way.
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Ho ho. Our esteemed local newspaper has simply reproduced chunks of club photographer Neale Blackburn's report from the Beaconsfield Town FC website, word for word! I thought it was too much to expect them actually to have sent a reporter to cover the match ... although weirdly, the Bucks Free Press report is bylined 'Nicholas Tunney, sports reporter'.
The first meeting of these two teams this season was memorable for Chesham fans for all the wrong reasons. However this return fixture was hardly memorable for anything at all as these two teams cancelled each other out. There were three changes to the Chesham side with Ronny Mfinda, Bradley Clayton and Eoin Casey coming in for Billy Adcock, Dave Pearce and Jerri Maja.
The visitors came closest to scoring in the fifth minute, when Mayowa Balogun’s free kick from wide on the left was side-footed against the post by Jordan Ajanlekoko. Chesham began to get in the game, Bradley Clayton working himself a shooting chance but hitting the ball straight at keeper Ravan Constable. Midway through the half Ryan Blake shot from the edge of the area and the ball flew over the bar, the referee giving a goal kick although Chesham players thought there was a deflection. Towards half-time Chesham produced some neat moves, and Jefferson Louis got on the end of a James Hammond cross but Constable was able to dive to his left to save. Shortly afterwards the keeper dealt with Bradley Clayton’s shot, then Ryan Blake shot high and wide from he left edge of the area. Beaconsfield came back towards half-time and Omar Vassell’s shot was deflected wide, then from the resulting corner Ben Goode spread himself to save at the feet of Jordan Ajanlekoko.
In the second half Chesham attempted to play passing football but rarely stretched the visitors’ defence. Just after the hour mark a neat move involving Eoin Casey and Ryan Blake led to Jefferson Louis shooting powerfully but just over the bar. Beaconsfield’s best chance of the half came shortly afterwards, when Bajram Pashaj crossed to Louis Stead whose looping header landed on the roof of the net. Soon afterwards Ronny Mfinda’s pass found Ryan Blake in space on the left but Constable came out to block. In the later stages Beaconsfield’s more direct approach began to take over but Chesham’s defence looked solid, but with little action at either end the game soon petered out into a dull draw.