The FA Cup - First Round
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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Chesham United

Ryan Blake's strike sent Southern League Premier Division side Chesham into round two of the FA Cup at the expense of League Two Bristol Rovers.

Chesham should have been ahead at half-time after Tom Lockyer fouled Brad Wadkins, but Rovers keeper Lee Nicholls saved Dave Pearce's resulting penalty.

But the seventh tier side did take the lead when Blake's powerful shot from 25 yards caught out Nicholls.

Shane Gore made a string of saves late on as Chesham held on.

Ellis Harrison and Jermaine Easter were among those thwarted by the visitors' keeper as Rovers applied late pressure in the search for an equaliser.

Chesham, who sit 75 places below Rovers in the football pyramid, last made the first round of the FA Cup in 1994.

Victory sees the Generals progress to the second round for only the second time in their history, the first coming in 1980 when they were knocked out in the third round by Cambridge United.

Former Rovers striker and current Chesham player-coach Barry Hayles was given a warm ovation when he appeared as a 72nd-minute substitute, minutes before he supplied the assist for Blake's winner.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Nicholls
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forJ Clarkeat 73'minutes
  • 4LockyerBooked at 28mins
  • 5McChrystal
  • 3Brown
  • 11Gosling
  • 7MansellBooked at 25minsSubstituted forLinesat 62'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 23Bodin
  • 9Harrison
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 6Parkes
  • 14Lines
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 20Lucas
  • 21Montaño

Chesham United

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gore
  • 2Smith
  • 4Beasant
  • 5Ujah
  • 3Fenton
  • 7PearceSubstituted forHaylesat 72'minutes
  • 8Youngs
  • 6TaylorSubstituted forHamilton-Forbesat 90+3'minutes
  • 11LittleBooked at 70mins
  • 9BlakeBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCaseyat 86'minutes
  • 10Wadkins

Substitutes

  • 12Casey
  • 13Legg
  • 14Hayles
  • 15Hamilton-Forbes
  • 16Fongho
  • 17Fletcher
  • 18Woodcock
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
5,181

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamChesham United
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Chesham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Chesham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    George Casey (Chesham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Wadkins.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Hamilton-Forbes.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Wadkins.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesham United. Stephen Hamilton-Forbes replaces Matt Taylor because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Toby Little.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Bradley Wadkins (Chesham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Barry Hayles (Chesham United).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Ashley Smith (Chesham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Shane Gore.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesham United. George Casey replaces Ryan Blake because of an injury.