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MATCH PREVIEW: WORTHING FC ISTHMIAN LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL

10 Feb 2020

AMBERS AIM FOR THE SEMIS

Attentions turn to the Velocity Trophy this week as Cheshunt make the long trip down to Worthing in the quarter-finals on Tuesday evening.

Worthing have already done the double over the Ambers in the league this season, with the league leaders winning 2-1 at Theobalds Lane back in October, and then 2-0 at Woodside Road just a couple of weeks ago.

That most recent defeat to Worthing came in the midst of a run of five league games without a win for Cheshunt, however that run came to an end after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Lewes on Saturday.

The draw has not been kind for the Ambers in the Velocity Trophy so far after three consecutive away draws, with Barking (2-1) and East Thurrock United (penalties) defeated so far.

Tanasheh Abrahams is cup-tied and Mark Hughes serves the final game of his four-match suspension, whilst Ryan Moss and Tommie Hession-Harris are both doubtful.

However, there is some great news for striker Ash Nzala, who is back in the squad for the first time this season after a long injury lay-off.

Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Cheshunt boss Craig Edwards commented: “We’ve got two very, very tough games (this week). If we put the same effort we put in today (against Lewes), and play like we did, we’d be a hell of a hard side to beat.”

Promotion front-runners Worthing suffered their first defeat since November on Saturday as an 18-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Cray Wanderers.

In the Velocity Trophy the Mackerel Men have seen off two Isthmian Premier Division sides so far, with Cray Wanderers (3-2) and Leatherhead (2-0) defeated.

Jesse Starkey is set to miss out through suspension, however Tom Chalaye could return after missing Saturday’s defeat on FA County Youth Cup duty.

Tuesday’s match takes place at Woodside Road, postcode BN14 7HQ. Kick-off is 7.45pm, and admission prices are £10 adults, £6 concessions, £3 12-16 years, £1 6-12 years and free for U6s. Come on you Ambers.

(TR)

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