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Chalfont Wasps Take Honours In Local Derby (Penn Stung etc., etc.)

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Andreas Latta

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Chalfont Wasps take Honours in Local Derby

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Chalfont Wasps took full advantage of a very depleted Penn & Tylers Green side to record a deserved 4-0 win on Saturday at French School Meadow. Penn started the match with only six first team regulars due to injuries and suspensions. Even joint manager James Pritchard made the starting line-up today.

However in the first 10 minutes Penn were very much In the ascendancy and should have made more of this early pressure and chances but as has happened all too often this season they failed to make their superiority count and Chalfont gradually got back into the match , with Mason Wright being a continual outlet and threat down the right flank, and the Penn & Tylers Green FC defence had to be alert on a number of occasions to thwart the lively Chalfont attackers and Matt Cannings in the Penn goal made a couple of good stops at the expense of a number of corners for Chalfont.

Penn’s task was made even more difficult when Casey Bocarro succumbed to the effects of a week-long injury and limped off after 20 minutes and was replaced by Ryan Tisdale. Penn should probably have scored after 25 minutes when Chris Hurst was picked out with an excellent pass into the Chalfont penalty area and he turned and shot, but straight at the Chalfont goalkeeper who made a comfortable save. Thus, the first half ended 0-0.

The second half started badly for the boys in blue & white and Chalfont scored their first goal after 53 minutes when Mason Wright burst through and shot past Matt Cannings to put the Wasps 1-0 ahead. Penn never really recovered from this setback and were now having to defend more and more and tiredness was setting in. There was a glimmer of hope for Penn however when Josh Fox, in his first game for six weeks, burst down the left flank and unleashed one of his trademark thunderbolts but Dan Little in the Chalfont goal made an excellent save and the danger was thwarted.

The inevitable 2nd goal came on 74 minutes when the excellent Mason Wright burst through from the half way line and comfortably slotted the ball home to make it 2-0. Chalfont were now pretty rampant and Penn had to do some last ditch defending on a number of occasions to stem the flow. Andrew Parry came on for Owen Wood and for a while his fresh legs exuberance and enthusiasm did inject some hope for Penn and there were some signs of getting something out of the game as Penn had a couple of promising attacks which unfortunately produced no end product.

However, Chalfont were in no mood to relinquish their superiority on the day and after 85 minutes Chalfont put the game to bed when Mason Wright burst through unchallenged again down the right-hand side of the Penn defence and finished easily to complete his hat trick to make the score 3-0. The icing on the cake for Chalfont came in the 90th minute when Dominic Brown scored direct from a free kick on the right-hand side of the Penn penalty area 20 yards out to complete an excellent day for Chalfont

For Penn, it was a day to forget result wise, but all credit to the reserve players who stepped up to the task in hand and never let themselves or the team down in any way, shape or form and performed admirably and heroically from start to finish.

Team: Matt Cannings, Josh Briant, Bradley Holland, Luke Belson, Josh Fox, Casey Bocarro, Danny Jordan, James Pritchard, Chris Hurst, Fred Tripp, Andrew Parry Subs: Ryan Tisdall, Andrew Parry (all played|)