29 Mar 2017
Boss Paul Wickenden 'very proud' of his players as the Ambers lift the Herts Charity Cup.
A first half Jason Hallett goal was enough for the Ambers to win the Herts Charity Cup against Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Hitchin Town. The Ambers worked tirelessly and were resolute in defence, particularly once reduced to ten men, and deserved the trophy for their effort and and threatening breaks.
Ambers boss Paul Wickenden was full of praise for his side: “I’m very proud of the players. They showed a huge amount of commitment and desire to win. I’m also proud to win a trophy for the hard working committee and supporters at the club.”
Cheshunt were without the injured Joe Kizzi, while Hitchin were missing the absent Dan Webb and the injured Kane Smith and Jay Dowie.
In an entertaining final both sides had chances early on, with Brett Donnelly heading over for Hitchin and Liam Hope and Jason Rice coming close for Cheshunt.
However its was Hallett who broke the deadlock four minutes before the interval, racing past the Hitchin defence to latch onto Bruno’s through ball and fire past Johnson.
Hallett almost doubled Cheshunt’s lead early in the second half, beating the Hitchin defence but unable to find the net.
Goalscorer Hallett was then the centre of attention for a different reason as he clashed with Lench while jumping for a header. To the surprise of Hallett and the Cheshunt fans the referee produced a straight red card.
As expected Hitchin upped the tempo with Wright, Kirkpatrick and McNamara coming close. The ten men of Cheshunt defended deeper but still looked dangerous on the break. Bruno shot wide while the pacy Lutaaya, who had replaced Rice, nearly capitalised on a defensive mix-up.
Half chances continued even as the game entered four minutes of stoppage time but the Ambers held on to lift their first silverware in nine years.
Thanks to Hitchin Town Football Club. Photo by Peter Else
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