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Chertsey Town

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Gundelach 32'
Saturday 21st January 2012
Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central
Venue: Alwyns Way, Chertsey
Attendance: 144
Valley Star Man: Andy Gundelach


Rugby Town made it three league wins on the trot to keep their play off bid very much alive with a narrow win at a gusty Alwyns Lane against Chertsey Town.

By Craig Webb

Manager Dave Stringer gave a debut to new goalkeeper, Irishman David Bevan, due to an injury to regular stopper Pete Smith.

Despite only returning last week, Mel Gourlay was out injured due to a broken arm sustained in the win against Leighton.

There were places on the bench for two other new players, Richard Blythe and Steve Palmer.

Town had the first real chance after ten minutes when Luke Leahy's corner found Robbie Banks, but his shot was easily saved by Jamie Norris.

The home side first shot of the match did not come until 20 minutes in when forward Rob Carr shot went straight to Bevan.

Rugby took the lead just after the half hour when Andy Gundelach scored his second goal of the season.

Striker Seb hamilton played a neat pass into the path of the midfielder, who found space on the edge of area, unleashed his shot which flew past Norris into the far corner.

Just a few minutes later, Town nearly made it two, when Ed Booth saw his floating header drift wide from Richie Allen's free kick.

Rugby clearly finished the half on top with Hamilton going on a mazy run past defenders only to see his effort saved by Norris, and home player Steve Brown on the line to prevent Nik Preston's shot going over the line.

In the second half, Rugby did enough to nullify any threat that Chertsey had, with the home side limited to speculative shots while Town despite having the more possession failed to really test Norris.

Towards the end of the game, with the pitch cutting up ever more, Chertsey sub Matt Powell breezed past Leahy towards goal but his effort was blocked by Preston.

With this win, Rugby are now only one point of the play off positions, despite being in ninth place.

Valley Line-up: Bevan; Moran, Leahy, Preston, Booth; Banks, Gundelach (Williams), Allen; Keen (Blythe), Hamilton (Steane); Fagan. Subs not used: Austin, Palmer. Booked: Fagan, Booth.

Chertsey: Norris, Brown, Witham, Blount, McGarry, Johnston, Williams, Brunt, Pomroy, Merriman, Carr.

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