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Ambers Progress in FA Cup

23 Sep 2020

Long Melford 1 Cheshunt 3

Long Melford 1                           Cheshunt 3

Griffiths 55                     Cunnington 9, 47,  Newton 70

FA Cup 1stQualifying Round 22ndSeptember 2020

The FA Cup dream ended for The Villagers when they succumbed to the Ambers in an interesting and lively cup tie at Stoneylands. Cheshunt were strong and commanding in attack and defence, with Ayman Gharbaoui doing a great job covering the right back position due to injury, and Mo Camara dropping in at centre half to cover Taylor McKenzie who pulled up in the warm up.

Buoyed on by a good sized crowd, Long Melford fought hard and should be proud of their efforts on the night. The Ambers made their intentions clear after 9 minutes when the home team were caught too square in their last defensive line, a through ball stranded them and experienced striker Adam Cunnington was able to drift with the pass, then check inside to rifle home on the angle across the keeper from the left side of the penalty area.

Long Melford tried to get some attacking momentum going, but were often thwarted by the excellent defensive attributes of Adam Crowther and captain Taylor Miles who controlled the midfield area for Cheshunt.  The home team had another escape on 33 minutes when a header from Cunnington hit the bar and out of play.  Cunnington had the chance of a second goal when a Taylor Miles free kick curled away from the keeper and the defence stepped too late, leaving him with a free header , put just wide on this occasion. Long Melford  experienced a crowd pleasing 5 minutes of dominance  just before half time and on reflection they will wish they had made better of it.  Ben Tait got behind the Cheshunt defence with a combination of skill & pace to excite the crowd,  from one of his crosses a header was inches wide.  Jamie Reynolds for Cheshunt had two drives towards the end of the half going just wide & shots from Miles & Re suggested it was a matter of finding the range in the second half.

It was not a good start to the second half for Long Melford, as the talented and speedy Nana Adarkwa continued to tease & torment  the home side’s left flank, as the defence doubled up to defend his run to the bye line Adarka instead stepped inside them this time, and his early cross found Adam Cunnington diving in to finish at the far post with a well placed header.

Long Melford  continued to battle and they were rewarded on 55 minutes with a goal. They found space on their left ,  and a deep his cross found the back post loaded where Jamie Griffiths rose highest.  The hope was short lived for the hosts, as on 70 minutes , when a fine initial save by on loan keeper Finlay Shorten saw him tip a low goalbound shot wide of the post,  the clearance broke on the edge of the penalty box to Zack Newton whose powerful drive forced the ball through a crowded box into the net.

The Ambers moved the ball around comfortably to see out the tie and look forward to the next round, Long Melford can be proud of their performance, their fans & their plans to construct a new club house,  a good place to visit, with officials, staff & fans a great advert for their club.


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