Josh Hall of UCFB reports on an exciting match at Theobalds Lane & Manager Craig Edwards shares his thoughts post match.
- Charles (47', 49', 59')
- Parsons (10')
- D'Abadia (30')
Tuesday 8th November 2022
The Stadium at Theobalds Lane
Cheshunt FC 3-2 Chippenham Town
The Ambers came from behind to secure a vital three points, courtesy of a Ken Charles second half hat-trick.
Charles’ late winner capped off a phenomenal turnaround from Craig Edwards’ men, who secured all three points, despite being in a tough position falling to a two-goal deficit early on.
The Vanarama National League South bottom of the table clash, saw twenty third place take on seventeenth. The encounter saw an early flurry of chances, with Chippenham Town’s Luke Russe firing just over the bar in the third minute.
The Bluebirds kept up this early pressure and went ahead in the tenth minute when Harry Parsons skipped past several Cheshunt FC defenders, before finishing with aplomb through a helpless Preston Edwards’ legs.
Chippenham Town stayed on top and limited The Ambers to minimal chances. Town doubled their lead shortly after the first goal, with a sumptuous strike from Alfie D’Abadia, who curled an effort in from some twenty-five yards out, giving Cheshunt Goalkeeper Edwards no chance, to the excitement of boss Gary Horgan.
Ken Charles started the second half brightly and was stretching Chippenham Town’s back line. He eventually, in the forty-ninth minute, was played through on goal by Joe Re and finished effortlessly, poking the ball in the back of the net.
Charles did not stop there, finishing emphatically after clever play from second-half substitute Manny Maja, making it two goals in two minutes for The Ambers star man.
The two sides then cancelled each other out, with last ditch defending from both sides paying dividens. However, a mix-up at the back for Chippenham Town, presented the opportunity for Ken Charles to complete the turnaround and take the match ball home.
The result lifts Cheshunt FC to twenty-second, five points from safety. Chippenham Town have slipped to twenty-first and below the dreaded dotted line into the relegation zone, just three points above The Ambers. Cheshunt FC will make the trip to Taunton Town on Saturday, whilst Chippenham Town travel to Dover Athletic.
Cheshunt XI: Preston Edwards, Raul Fernandes Da Silva, Luke Warner Eley (Maja, 45), Fraser Alexander, Taylor McKenzie, Lewis Hobbs, Enock Ekongo (Beckles Richards, 83), Joe Re ©, Rowan Liburd (Newton, 76), Mo Camara, Ken Charles.
Cheshunt Substitutes: Will Tchamako, Reece Beckles Richards, Zak Newton, Josh Shonibare, Manny Maja
Chippenham Town XI: Will Henry, Eddie Jones, Spencer Hamilton © (Greenslade, 77), Harrison Minturn, Will Richards, Alfie D’Abadia, Callum Gunner, Alex Bray, Harry Parsons (Parker, 66), Cane Bradbury, Luke Russe (Hanks, 53).
Chippenham Town Substitutes: Aaron Simpson, Joe Hanks, Tom Mehew, Joe Parker, Harvey Greenslade.
Cheshunt: Charles x3
Chippenham Town: Parsons, D’Abadia
Cheshunt: Beckles Richards, Newton
Chippenham Town: Parsons