Hanwell Town 2 Chalfont St Peter 1
By Clive Cooke
last minute winner in final game of season
Match Report by Malcolm Pierce
This victory enabled Hanwell to finish the season in eighth place in the league, having gone unbeaten in their last nine games, a highly creditable performance. In fact, this was yet another very close game that could have gone either way, but Aaron Bufton’s feet and Jeremiah Maja’s head enabled Town to come away with the three points.
Neither side was overly affected by the gusty conditions, caused by Storm Hannah, but still found it difficult to create serious goal chances. Town did have the ball in the net in the seventh minute when Jamie Calvin headed in, but he was adjudged to be off-side. On the quarter hour mark former ‘Geordie’ Charlie Mitchell dribbled into the Hanwell area but was denied by Aaron’s feet. Halfway through the half Dwayne Duncan got his head to a Harry Rush free kick but was off target. Ten minutes later Olly Duffy also headed wide after some good work by Jamie. Almost immediately another deep Hanwell cross, this time from Brian Testolin, was met by a Hanwell head. This time it was Harvey Killeen, who headed the ball across the six-yard box to Jamie, but his effort was blocked. The next chance also fell to Jamie but he headed wide.
As half time approached, when the supporters of both teams were beginning to consider their mid-game refreshments, Hanwell went in front. Just as last week at Hayes & Yeading, it was the skipper who stepped up to drive in a long range free kick. This week the ‘keeper got his hands to the ball but it crossed the line and Hanwell were in front.
After the interval the Saints came at Hanwell from the kick-off and quickly had the ball in the net, when Keaton August followed up a shot that Aaron parried out to him, but it was ruled out for off-side. Charlie Daniels then put over a pin-point cross but Michael Kālu headed over. On the hour the MItchell burst through on the left but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Aaron’s boots. Less than ten minutes later Adam Morris looked certain to score from close range, but, once again, Aaron got a boot to the ball. However, less than a minute later another cross from Charlie Mitchell came over and this time it was headed into the net, by Alex Paine. The Hanwell management had sent on their three allowed substitutes when Mitchell threatened again. This time, the supporters’ ‘Player of the Season’, Aaron, raced well out of his area to avert the danger.
The last ten minutes of the game saw Hanwell getting forward a lot more. Twice, pinball was played in the Chalfont penalty area, the first time finishing with Gareth Chendlik heading wide, and the second when Jeremiah Maja bicycle-kicked the ball narrowly over the bar. In between these efforts Jeremiah, from a difficult angle, forced a save from Michael Anguzu. As both the half and the season were coming to an end Gareth went close twice more, the first header being saved and the second going narrowly wide. Two minutes into added-on time Town got the winner they had been threatening of late. An inviting Harry Rush free-kick was met by Jeremiah’s head and was sent firmly into the net cueing great celebrations, on the pitch, behind the goal and in the ‘Bob Fisher Stand’.
The last-minute victory was just what was needed to set up Town’s ‘Presentation Evening’ where the President and the joint managers issued the awards to celebrate an excellent season of consolidation and development.
TEAM: 1.Aaron Bufton 2.Calum Duffy 3.Will Wambeek 4.Olly Duffy © (16.Kieron Cathline 71) 5.Dwayne Duncan 6.Andy O’Brien 7.Dan Julienne 8.Harry Rush 9.Jamie Calvin (14.Gareth Chendlik 74) 10.Harvey Killeen 11.Brian Testolin (15.Jeremiah Maja 63). Unused subst