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Ambers sting Hornets in own backyard

28 Sep 2020

Ambers continue winning ways

Horsham FC 1. Cheshunt FC. 2

A solid away win from the Ambers chalked up their third consecutive competitive win, and took the scalp of a team many expect to be in the play off mix should the season get to the business end of the season.

Cheshunt were due to play Horsham in the semi final of the Isthmian League Cup prior to lock down writing off the tail end of last season, this second league game of the season was a decent pointer to what might have been.

Eddie Dsane & Lee Harding started the game well for Horsham and linked well, and regularly down the Cheshunt left, keeping Abrahams & Crowther busy.  When they did break through Shane Gore was quick off his line & on one occasion Macsen Fraser was on hand to clear off the line.

It wasn’t all one way traffic, Zack Newton playing against a former club volleyed over from a Taylor Miles free kick, and Adam Cunnington hit the side netting with  shot on the run.

Taylor McKenzie in for his first match of the season was called upon to stretch a leg with a last ditch tackle to foil Dsane just as he pulled the trigger, but the home side didn’t have to wait long for the opener. A deep cross from the left was headed back across goal & Rob O’Toole was on hand stooping in to head home under the diving Gore.

The Ambers hit back spectacularly, Horsham failed to fully clear a Taylor Miles corner under pressure from Cunnington , McKenzie & Crowther,  the ball bouncing twenty five yards out was lashed into the back of the net on the volley by Jamie Reynolds, lurking on the edge for just such a chance to drop his way.

Dsane & Will Miles both put free kicks from promising positions into orbit over Sussex rather than trouble the Cheshunt goal, while slick interpassing from the Ambers kept the Horsham back four busy.

Half time & honours even 1-1.

The second half saw a similar pattern, Kieron Monlouis becoming influential for Horsham, while the Ambers back four stood firm, and the midfield continued their press forcing errors.  Adam Cunnington tied up both centre halves in a battle he won repeatedly, gradually wearing them down, drawing fouls and rash challenges allowing flicks on to Newton & Gharbaoui to capitalise on.  A Cunnington header back across the box saw Gharbaoui cleaned out by Tom Day in front of the referee, alas nothing doing.  The linesman came to Cheshunt’s rescue declaring offside when Harvey Sparks drilled a low shot past Gore.

A quick throw in from the impressive Fraser found Joe Re with time to turn and drive towards the Horsham box, he unleashed a shot on the run outside the box & Tom Day having failed to close Re down, turned his back on the shot & the deflection was enough to loop the ball over the stranded House in the home goal & in just under the bar.

Changes from Horsham saw captain Jack Brivio move inside the mid field to partner Will Miles & briefly Horsham looked as if they would press for the equaliser, however a master stroke from Craig Edwards saw bring Nana Adarkwa on to play in the space Brivio had left, and add Mo Camara up top to keep defensive midfielder Miles playing next to his own back four .  With the threat from Horsham’s midfield nullified, the Ambers looked the more likely to score again.  Horsham did force a one handed tip over from Gore late on, and the Ambers keeper was quick off his line to tackle Dsane in a 50-50 which Adam Crowther (Horsham’s selection as MoM in the NLP) cleaned up.

 

There wont be many teams take points off Horsham at the Camping World Community stadium this season, that Cheshunt matched them in every department and overcame them is a decent pointer to this being as good squad Craig Edwards has assembled,  we have much to look forward to this season.

 

Gore, Abrahams, Fraser, McKenzie, Crowther, Miles, Re, Reynolds, Gharbaoui (Adarkwa) Cunnington, Newton (Camara) .

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