Manager Craig Edwards made two changes from the starting line up from the Hornchurch victory. Taylor Mackenzie came in for the injured Tom Gardiner, and Chevron Maclean & Zack Newton exchanged places. The match kicked off with both sides keeping the tempo high, looking for weaknesses & snapping into midfield tackles. The home side started to create more and looked dangerous down their right side, the opening goal came from a determined run to & then along the bye-line and a low drilled cross that was met first time at the near post by Kershaney Samuels. Cheshunt chances were limited to shots from the edge of the box from Newton, Miles, Kassarate & Re which passed wide of the posts and one on target from striker Ken Charles parried away by experienced keeper Rob Tolfrey in the Kingstonian goal.
Kingstonian nearly took a two goal lead into the break when Ajakaiye cleared the offside line & went one to one with advancing Ambers keeper Marsh, who did just enough at the edge of the area to take pace off the effort, allowing Taylor Mackenzie time to run back & clear off the line.
The Ambers exchanged Jack Thomas’ defensive role for Zubayr Boadi’s more attacking play at half time & the midfielder immediately had an impact, noted for his ball retention & passing he moved Cheshunt play into the Kingstonian half & saw the home defence backing off conceding the space in front of them, With Amadou Kassarate anchoring the midfield Taylor Miles & Joe Re had opportunities to take advantage of the space & with Boadi started moving the ball quickly across the ground with first time passes. Re hit a speculative shot from his own half with Tolfrey off his line & Beaney tried similarly for Kingstonian forcing a back pedalling Marsh to tip over. Charles & Newton became more of a threat in the final third for Cheshunt , but the equaliser was not forthcoming. Kingstonian were not without their chances with Gus Sow prominent in most of their work, a fine accurate cross found goalscorer Samuels unmarked on the six yard line but he put his header wide, saved from embarrassment for too long by the assistants offside call.
Charles retired injured with twenty minutes remaining after falling awkwardly in a challenge at speed & sustaining a suspected dislocation of his shoulder. (Thanks to both physio’s & Kingstonian officials for their assistance) Mo Camara replaced Charles and gave Cheshunt the option to go long and mix the attack up, this forced a succession of corners & free kicks, and a Cheshunt equaliser was due, but would they run out of time? Nordi Bobomurodov replaced Taylor Miles in a last throw of the dice for his competitive debut.
Deep into injury time right full back Enock Ekongo pushed into the Kingstonian half and was found in space with a perfect cross field ball from skipper Ola Williams in the left back position, Ekongo’s pass into the inside right channel for Newton ballooned up off the closing defender & despite best efforts of the home defence went out for a corner. Re delivered deep to take keeper Tolfrey out of the equation, Adam Crowther stood his ground in the crowd to head down & back across goal, and as the ball rose up, his central defensive partner put his head into the sea of swinging defensive boots to plant a header beyond the keeper into the far corner for a deserved equaliser.
Cheshunt: Marsh, Ekongo, Williams, Mackenzie, Crowther, Kassarate, Thomas (Boadi 46) Re, Charles (Camara 72), Miles (Bobomurodov 86) Newton. Unused Subs Maclean, Taylor.