Ben Nourse wasn't supposed to be in goal for Chatham, indeed his name wasn't even in the programme. However, Ryan Nicholls was supposed to be in goal as usual, but was injured in the pre-match warm up and so the under 21 goalie made his debut instead for the home side.
After an early attempt from Chatham, Croydon responded with a number of chances. First a Jamie McGeoghegan cross to Andy Mott whose shot was saved by Nourse. A Croydon corner went to James Fotheringham but his header went wide of the post. Daniel Hector's shot went straight to Nourse. Soon the keeper pushed out away a shot from Bradley Wilson, as well as a header from Mott. The last shot of note in the first half saw a cross from Mott to Hector, only for Hector's shot to be held outside the near post.
The start of the second half saw Croydon keeper Alex Hewitt, forgotten until now, make a couple of saves, followed by a chance for Croydon at the other end. However, Chatham's Jamie Miller made a challenge on Raekwon Bailey-Allen, and after Miller's booking, Bailey-Allen easily scored the penalty after 63 minutes. From now on, Chatham tried to put pressure on Croydon. In doing so, Chatham showed their frustration gaining three more yellow cards in the process. Towards the end of normal time, there were a couple of chances, one from from Lauris Chin, and another that was palmed away by Nourse, and afterwards Chatham had a couple of chances go wide. However, just as it looked like Croydon would get away with three points, four minutes into stoppage time, Chatham got a free kick, and Nourse ran up front, and a with the free kick going towards his direction, Nourse headed the ball past Hewitt before the final whistle blew.
Croydon: Hewitt, Wilson, O'Donoghue, Campbell (C), Fotheringham, McGeoghegan, Hector (Fejzi), Akongo, Chin, Mott, Bailey-Allen (Williams 75)
Subs (not used): Nicholas Wilson, Owusu
Yellow card: Mott 49