Manager Craig Edwards made multiple changes to the starting line up for this cup tie with players needing match minutes or returning from injuries coming into the side, the strength in depth of his assembled squad was very apparent as the first viewing of the team sheet found no apparent weakness, and with Messrs Marsh, Charles, Re, Newton & Beckles Richards on the bench a comparison with Manchester City or Chelsea was not unreasonable.
Colney Heath lined up with plenty of experience including former Cheshunt player Dan Ferrigno, and for the first half they coped well with the Ambers, getting their tackles in, and having the confidence to try & run the home full backs to the byeline. Captain Ola Williams & Chevron McLean were up to the challenge, McLean inparticular winning some entertaining foot races over fifty plus yards, and not only winning the ball, but turning & emerging from defence to set up the next Cheshunt move. Yemi Ayodele & Jack Thomas stood firm, read the long ball well & worked well with keeper Charlie Taylor to build from the back.
Holding the midfield Taylor Miles (replaced by Joe Re after picking up a knock) & Lennie Armstrong were available at all times, dropping in, turning and feeding busy Zubayr Boadi, Jacob Katonia & the impressive Nordi Bobomuradov in front of them. Starting in the nine slot on loan Aaron Blair was a constant threat with his pace and movement.
Heath were not without their chances, and were good value for the level 0-0 at half time, but with the bench at his disposal manager Edwards looked confident in his selections and how the second half would develop.
On the hour mark changes were made with two goal hero from the week end coming on and repeating the feat, with a well placed shot from a central position for the first and then popping up in the right place at the right time for a close range despatch in the closing minutes. In between Newton strikes Reece Beckles Richards narrowly missed getting on the end of a low cross first time round, but made no mistake the second time getting across the defender & beating the keeper to slide home Cheshunt’s second from a Bobomurodov cross.
A sound & patient performance with the Ambers stronger & fitter in the final quarter to progress to the next round where they will meet with victors of the tie between St Margaretsbury & Baldock Town being played on Tuesday 28th.