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12 Jan 2019


Craig Edwards side came into this encounter fresh off a 2-1 victory against Northwood last weekend. This being their first home match of 2019, Edwards named a strong side, with Emiel Aiken starting for the first time in 3 months, and a debut up front for Brian Moses
The first half was a rather dull affair, with manager Craig Edwards saying, “If anyone had turned up not knowing the form of either side, you’d have thought we were both poor sides”. The visitors were threatening constantly through Mark Bitmead, who scored Ashfords equaliser v Cheshunt in the draw earlier on in the season. Jason Hallett was back into the fold from the start today and dragged a couple of efforts wide for the hosts. A lot of the opening 45 was played in the midfield, with each team rarely getting a chance on goal. The first 45 flew by and as the players left the field, everyone was hoping for a much more entertaining second 45.

As the players returned for the second 45, the half got started and Cheshunt were rapid out the blocks. A long ball forward was rapidly cleared by Taylor Tobin, which was then sent back over the keeper, and just as it looked as Hallett had nodded it home, some superb Ashford defending to clear the ball from the line, and spare Tobin’s blushes. The visitor’s resistance didn’t last long though, a surging run from Yvan Jourdan down the right, saw him pull the ball back to Hallett, who’s shot was too much for Tobin and squirmed over the line, to gibe Cheshunt the lead on 58 mins. From then on, the game opened up, a long George Casey throw was turned over by Hallett and Brain Moses who was growing into the game, drilled an effort wide. Yvan Jourdan grew in confidence from the assist too and had a fierce snapshot saved by Tobin. Chance after chance came Cheshunt’s way, and the introductions of Ibrahima Conte and Hafeez Sanusi should’ve wrapped the game up for the hosts, but the latter took too long on a counter attack, and Ashford smashed clear. Ashford had one last chance, and again Mark Bitmead stood over a free kick, but his effort was straight at Girling. The full-time whistle blew, with the result leaving Cheshunt in third place, ahead of a tricky trip to Bracknell next weekend.


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