10 Feb 2016
There was no hiding the excitement and relief at Theobald’s Lane as the fans and the players celebrated a breathtakingly brilliant comeback against promotion rivals Tilbury. As the second half commenced Cheshunt had slipped to a two nil deficit and there a was sense of gloom amongst the watching Cheshunt supporters.
The forty three minutes that followed however confirmed all that is good in the current Cheshunt team and demonstrated the growing belief amongst this group of players. They may have been 2-0 down but they were not finished, they knew they were not beaten and they showed that they had the stomach for a real battle.
Initially the cautions were coming quicker than goals as first Tom Bruno and then Jason Hallett found themselves in the referee’s notebook; their frustration boiling over as they fought tenaciously to get back into this must win fixture. Their desire was to be rewarded as the team roared into action and began to dominate Tilbury for long periods.
With twenty minutes to go their appetite for the battle was about to be unrewarded and what happened in the next twenty minutes will live long in the memory.
In the 69th minute a lose ball in the penalty area was seized on by Luke Marshall and he shot from close range to make it 1-2. You could sense the belief in the team and they were now dominating possession and were practically camped in the Tilbury half. The wait wasn’t long for the equaliser as Liam Hope struck just three minutes later to make it 2-2.
Tilbury supporters who had been confidently and boisterously supporting their team were suddenly quietened but for them much worse was to come; with just nine minutes left on the clock hero of the night Liam Hope struck again to make it 3-2 to the home side. Now it was the Cheshunt fans turn to cheer.
As the final whistle came the players as one stood in front of the main stand and took the applause from a delighted set of Cheshunt supporters. The comeback was complete and the atmosphere in the tight little stadium was electric; a great night’s work had finished gloriously.
Two fine wins in four days against promotion rivals was just reward for a set of players who are growing as a team and who clearly aren’t ready to concede anything as the race for a top five finish gathers pace.
Only one thing left to say….. Come On You Ambers!!!!
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