22 Feb 2019
“There’s two aims, promotion and the cup, which would just be a fantastic season for the club.”
Heading into the final 12 games of the season, Cheshunt currently occupy fifth position and the final play-off spot in the Bostik League South Central Division.
Captain Mark Hughes has been an integral part of the Ambers’ push for promotion, taking the armband in the summer after joining from Bishop’s Stortford.
Heading into the business end of the season, Mark Hughes said: “This season has had its ups and downs as seasons do, but overall if you said we were going to be three points off second coming into March we’d be delighted.
“The way the season’s panned out it sort of feels as if we’ve let Hayes & Yeading run away with it. It’s the business end now and it’s up to us to win as many of the 12 league games left as possible.”
It’s been a difficult season on the injury front for Craig Edwards side, with a significant number of players on the side lines for much of the season.
Hughes said: “Up front everyone knows Jason’s (Hallett) a 30 goal a season man, and when he’s in the team we’re totally different.
“He came back for a short spell after Christmas and scored five goals in three games, so we’re desperate for him to come back and if things work out well it could only be a month or so.
“Injuries always happen in seasons, but we’ve still got our core together.”
Cheshunt have also made it into the semi-finals of the Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup, and Hughes is targeting silverware.
“We went away to Hadley and beat them on penalties, and from that point we thought we’ve got a real chance here.
“It’s something I’d love to lift at the end of the season being the captain, so there’s two aims, promotion and the cup, which would just be a fantastic season for the club.”
On a personal note, the Cheshunt skipper has also registered his most amount of goals in a season, which is his eighteenth campaign.
“I got 11 league goals I think two years ago for Eastbourne in the Conference South, so I’d like to get the league goals because I’ve got a couple in the cup this time.
“But 12 for the season is a record, and there’s many more to come. I think it’s between me and Jason now, so hopefully I can get a few before he comes back in!
“But it’s not all about the goals, I’ve played all over midfield, I might have to fill in at centre-back, I just have to make sure I use my experience coming towards the end of the season.”
After being player/assistant manager at Bishops Stortford last season, the Northern Ireland midfielder has enjoyed focusing on playing this campaign, but still has one eye on his future.
“I’m finishing my A License in the summer, I really enjoyed being assistant manager at Stortford last year but I was probably too young for it, I want to concentrate on playing.
“The gaffer has given me a bit of responsibility with the lads doing a few passing and possession drills, but it’s up to him and Rambo (Kevin Ramsay) to get the team ready.
“You’re a long time retired, everyone keeps telling me that, and I just would to make sure that I play as long as I can.”
The Ambers make the trip to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, and Hughes is relishing the challenge.
“I think it’s going to be a very, very hard game, a tricky game. We drew earlier in the season and they were well worth that draw, but we were poor.
“It’s exciting, I love going into games when you’re fighting with a chance to go second, what more would you want?
“Personally I need to make sure I’m right and ready to lead the side, and fingers crossed it’s another three points.”Back +
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