Late goal sends tame Chertsey out of FA Vase
A LACKLUSTRE performance from Chertsey Town saw them dumped out of the FA Vase by their hosts Mile Oak on Saturday.
An initial three-minute occupation of the Mile Oak half came to an end when Chertsey goalkeeper Chico Ramos was called into early action, saving a header from Joe Benn.
This was the catalyst for the hosts to take control and they did so, rarely allowing Chertsey an opportunity on goal. On 25 minutes, shapeless defending from Chertsey allowed a ball through to the home side’s Enzo Benn, who finished from close range to give Mile Oak a deserved lead.
Bekele Makudi made the best progress for Chertsey Town and came closest to scoring an equaliser with a far post volley that flew just wide, but misplaced passes and indecision going forward hindered any further attempts before half time.
Early second half pressure from the visitors was rewarded when Shelton Gooden put the ball across the Mile Oak goalmouth for Makudi to tap in, bringing Chertsey back in the game.
However, any thoughts of adding to their tally evaporated as the Sussex side showed more of the initiative that saw them dominate the first half.
Despite Chertsey’s lack of concentration Mile Oak were not able to put the ball into the net and, with extra time looming, the visitors were still holding on.
That was until a low ball was played into the crowded Chertsey penalty area by Michael Gould.
Somehow it rolled past everyone in the box and lamely into the net to hand Mile Oak victory in the 88th minute.
Chertsey’s Shelton Gooden (pictured here leaping for the ball against Knaphill last season) was one of the few players to stand out in last weekend’s FA Vase loss to Mile Oak, setting up Chertsey’s equaliser for Bekele Makudi