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Ambers progress in FA Cup

26 Aug 2018

A Jason Hallett goal was enough to ensure Cheshunt are in the draw for the next round.

Canvey started well and created their first chance when Mitchell Gilbey was played in behind the Cheshunt defence. Gilbey was adjudged to have been fouled just outside of the area by defender Dave Kendall, referee Ivaylo Kyosev showed a yellow card much to chagrin of the Canvey players showing poor form in desperately to force a sending off.  Ryan Melaugh stepped up and curled a low left-footed free kick around the wall which goalkeeper Harry Girling did well to save diving to his right, turning the ball behind for a corner. Two minutes later Martin Tuohy latched onto a through ball inside the area and pull the trigger with his left foot, but his effort lacked the power and elevation to beat the keeper who this time saved with his boot.

Cheshunt’s first sight of goal came on 17 minutes when the ball came in from the right for Jason Hallett who was on the edge of the box. Hallett unleashed a sweetly-struck half volley which was hitting the target before being blocked by the back of George Allen. The ball was back up the other end six minutes later when Martin Tuohy earned Canvey a corner. Ryan Melaugh whipped the ball in to the back post which found Mitchell Gilbey, and he was able to flick the ball over a defender and square it for Frankie Merrifield who was ready to finish. However, a well-timed tackle from Taylor McKenzie eight yards from goal denied the midfielder the opportunity. The Ambers took the lead on 28 minutes when Patrick Adamson delivered a good ball into the box which was headed goalwards by captain Mark Hughes and nodded home from close range by Jason Hallett for his customary goal against his former club. The closest Canvey came to pulling a goal back in the first half came on 37 minutes when Ryan Melaugh delivered an in-swinging corner which Harry Girling had to palm away underneath his crossbar to prevent Melaugh scoring direct from the set piece.

Cheshunt should have doubled their lead moments before the break when midfielder Tom Bruno played a superb pass from deep on the left wing and found Oluwole Akinsanya at the back post. However, the forward miscued and put his free header the wrong side of the upright from close range.

The second half started a high tempo, with both sides creating some good chances in the opening exchanges. On 49 minutes a ball into the box from the left saw Jason Hallett challenge Jake Jolliffe in the air. Hallett won the battle and the ball fell perfectly for him to smash home from eight yards, but with only Palmer to beat he snatched at the chance and sent it over the crossbar. Canvey responded with a good cross from the right by Jake Pitty met by an acrobatic volley from Jordan Brown, but his effort from the edge of the area was a yard or so over the top corner.

Jason Hallett , a constant threat bullying the Canvey back line had another opportunity soon afterwards when he was played through by Tom Bruno. Hallett used his physicality to hold off a challenge from George Allen and pulled the trigger from 25 yards which Harry Palmer turned behind diving to his left. Emiel Aiken was spotted in space and played through onside coming in from the right. Aiken dragged his shot across goal but in doing so found the run of Hallett, but he was unable to convert what was a difficult chance.

A further shot from Hallett rolled agonisingly just the wrong side of the post after two deflections from defenders desperate to block left keeper Palmer stranded. As the half went on Canvey started to push for an equaliser without managing to test goalkeeper Harry Girling until the closing stages. The best chance came with nine minutes remaining when Jake Pitty put the ball on a plate for George Sykes, but his diving header from eight yards went agonisingly wide.

Canvey finally forced Girling into a save on 87 minutes, and when they did it was a tremendous one. Frankie Merrifield caught a shot perfectly from 20 yards which Girling spectacularly turned over the bar with his right hand, one to look out for on the highlights for sure. Ambers substitute striker Kyle Roberts could have sealed the tie as the match entered stoppage time after a run infield from the left. After beating two men with quick feet and going the long way around his shot from a tight angle slid across goal.

The Ambers finished the stronger able to maintain their pressing game, cutting off supply lines and threatening to break quickly. A deserved win and their name in the hat for the next round for the third successive year.

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