02 Nov 2019
NO JOY FOR THE AMBERS.
In the bitter cold and driving rain at Theobald’s Lane, it was Lewes who prevailed as first half goals from James Hammond and Leon Redwood condemned the Ambers to a sixth defeat in a row, who also had Mo Camara sent off on the half hour mark, on an all-round miserable day for Craig Edwards men.
Edward’s handed debuts to two of Friday’s seven signings, with Ayuk Tarh and Leon Lalor-Dell coming in for Bobby Mills and Dan Akindayini, with Lewis Chambers, Ethan Nelson-Roberts and Taylor McKenzie all dropping to the bench, in favour of Ola Williams, Sean Cronin and Joe Re,
The game was barely three minutes old when the first chance came, when Camara was cautioned for stopping a Lewes counter, and from the resulting Free kick, James Hammond saw his effort clawed away by the alert Harry Girling. Stefan Illic was next to go close for the visitors, he rounded two Ambers defenders before being stopped by a crucial Mark Hughes challenge.
The Ambers weren’t without chances in the opening 25, as Leon Lalor-Dell broke down the left and unleashed an effort which cannoned back off the underside of the bar, as the former Corinthian Casuals winger was a whisker away from an Ambers Debut goal. Lalor-Dell was at the heart of it again seconds later, as he drove at his man Thomas Day, then he played in Moss who went to sneak it in at the near post, but it was well palmed away by Lewes keeper, Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke.
Then, the game turned, Lewes were breaking forward again and Mo Camara was very harshly adjudged to have tripped the Lewes midfielder and shown his second yellow card of the game and given his marching orders after just half an hour. Edwards combatted this by putting on Ethan-Nelson Roberts in place of the more attacking Freddy Moncur to try and pack the midfield out, but Lewes sensed this was their chance, Girling had to be alert to deny Leon Redwood and Peter Gregory in quick succession, but the visitors weren’t to be denied for long as Redwood was again denied by a fantastic block from Hughes, but James Hammond reacts quickest to slot the ball home and open the scoring. (0-1 36 mins)
Lalor-Dell raced forward for Cheshunt in an attempt to reply instantly, but his effort was smacked over the bar, the hosts would then pay for this missed chance as on the stroke of half time, Leon Redwood broke down the wing and his cross deflected in over Harry Girling, to double the visitors lead and give the hosts a mountain to climb in the second half. (0-2 45 mins)
HT Cheshunt 0-2 Lewes
In the second half the conditions got the better of both sides with neither really being able to muster up many attacking opportunities, Stefan Illic having Lewes main sight of goal, driving all the way to the by-line and his cross was turned behind by Hughes, with the resulting corner not amounting to anything for the visitors. Ayuk Tarh was growing into the game for Cheshunt, and he was fed through by Nelson-Roberts, but his drilled effort was well wide, Tarh then picked the ball up and drove at his man again and forced an excellent stop from Stroomberg-Clarke.
Bobby Mills was brought on with about quarter of an hour to go to try and flip the game round, but his first chance from a free kick was smashed back off the wall and away to safety. Mills then broke down the left but his ball across the box just evaded Ryan Moss who had an empty net at his mercy, and that just summed up Cheshunt’s day, as the referee blew his whistle on a wet and dismal day at Theobald’s Lane.
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