Sep 29 2012 By Matt Lewis
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FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
Chertsey Town 1
TWO-GOAL Richard Jolly fired Wealdstone into the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round this afternoon.
Jolly bagged two and a late Peter Dean strike proved enough to dump out a hard-working Chertsey Town side that had opened the scoring at Grosvenor Vale.
With goalkeeper Rikki Banks stuck in a traffic jam on the M25 and unable to make the kick-off, Stones defender Sean Cronin took his place between this sticks.
But with 12 minutes gone the stand-in Wealdstone number one was picking the ball out of the net as Jermiele Johnson's cross from the left was stabbed home by Gavin Quintyre.
Cronin was certainly the busier of the two keepers early on and did well to hold onto a well-taken David Melling free-kick after 22 minutes that was bent low round the wall.
At the other end, Chertsey keeper Jordan Kennedy was forced into his first real save of the match to deny Jolly who had been found with a deep cross from Lee Chappell.
Chappell provided another dangerous delivery moments later but Chris O'Leary could not quite force it home as he was crowded out by a bunch of red shirts in the six-yard box.
Five minutes before half-time and Chappell made a third rampaging run down the left, this time Jolly was waiting and made no mistake as he swept home to level the score.
Alex Dyer really should have put the hosts in front minutes later after good work from Tom Pett but there was nothing to separate the sides as they headed in all-square at the break.
Dean came close to giving Wealdstone the lead shortly after the interval but his delicate curling shot grazed the top of Kennedy's crossbar.
The Grosvenor Vale faithful sensed a goal was coming and Jolly was the man to deliver it as the hour mark approached, the forward rising to head home Dyer's pin-point cross.
Jolly was in the mood and moments later fed Pett in the left channel, however the tricky Stones winger could not beat Kennedy as the Chertsey keeper got down well to his left.
Cronin enjoyed a far more relaxing second-half but had to be alert to keep out Rob Carr's dipping volley as the game entered the final 10 minutes and the Curfews began to throw caution to the wind.
Jolly would have had his hat-trick but for Chertsey's high defensive line, the goal-machine repeatedly being caught offside, but Dean timed a late run better and rounded the keeper to complete the scoring in the final minute.
Wealdstone: Cronin, McCubbin, Chappell, Parker, Massey, Dyer, Brooks, O'Leary, Dean, Jolly, Pett.