Report by John Davis

Given that Chesham were forced to play over half the game with ten men this should be considered as two points dropped as opposed to a point won as Yate Town drew 1-1 with Chesham United.

The visitors re-grouped following the first half dismissal, defended in depth, showed no signs of tiring and often looked threatening on the break during the closing stages.

It all could have started so brightly for Town but Andy Lewis' drive from just outside the box grazed the crossbar and flew away to safety after two minutes when the visiting defence failed to deal with a Joe Tumelty free kick.

Then, when play switched to the other end, Brandon Barzey stole the ball from Will Tunnicliff only to scuff his shot and present Andy Hannah with a comfortable save.

United's shoot on sight policy proved wayward as the half continued before Town's David Sims-Burgess failed to hit the target with a low shot when he was played into space.

Chesham went down to ten men five minutes before the break, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni picking up his second yellow card of the game following a foul on Sam Turl.

Six minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken. Ollie Mehew, with few options available, floated in a speculative cross from left which looped over Chesham goalkeeper Sam Beasant and into the far corner.

The scores were level in the visitors' next attack though as skipper Mark Kirby was left unmarked in the box to powerfully head home a corner from Barzey.

Mehew, Max Williams, Turl and James Harding were all denied by Besant as Town looked for a winner in a booking littered final quarter while Hannah did well at the other end to block an effort from substitute Karl Oliyade.

Let's hope the sea air proves invigorating. Tuesday's league trip to Weston Super Mare is followed by the long trek to Dover in the Fourth Qualifying Round of The Emirates FA Cup next Saturday.