Charterhouse 3 Forest 0
Charterhouse produced their best performance of the season so far on Saturday 24th September when they dominated a very good Forest side from start to finish.
The home back four restricted the visitors to just one attempt on goal in a first half which saw Charterhouse produce some scintillating, free flowing football. The midfield were creative and the forwards offered pace and movement and were a constant threat. The Forest goalkeeper had to make sharp saves to deny Tim Downes and Charlie Kimmins, while on other occasions, the Charterhouse attack was guilty of passing up good chances to score.
For most of the half, however, it looked as though the home domination would go unrewarded until Downes flicked on a Kimmins throw in the 39th minute and Sam Evans was on hand to stab the ball home and give Charterhouse the lead which their creative football had deserved.
In the second half Forest adjusted their personnel in order to try to restrict the Charterhouse dominance of midfield, but it made little difference and it was business as usual when Rob Carnegie-Brown nudged a Charlie Kimmins pass into the path of Charlie Rogers who scored gleefully from close range.
Four minutes later, a foul on Downes brought Charterhouse a penalty but the chance was spurned and Charterhouse had to wait until the seventy-fifth minute before they could extend their lead. The goal came from Fraser Payne whose powerful strike from 30 yards was too much for the Forest ‘keeper, who had had an excellent game for the beleaguered visitors.
For Charterhouse the only blemish on an otherwise excellent performance was the dismissal of Downes for dissent four minutes from time. Forest, meanwhile, can take credit from a battling performance in which they refused to yield and kept trying to play football right to the end. Despite their efforts they cannot complain about the result as Charterhouse had played irresistible football throughout and were fully worthy of their victory.