28 Jan 2020
POINTS SHARED IN EVENTFUL MATCH
A first half goal from Zack Newton was cancelled out by a 28th minute penalty from Brad Warner, as Cheshunt and Bowers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
Cheshunt boss, Craig Edwards made 3 changes from the weekends defeat to Worthing, with young goalkeeper, Max Huxter being handed his first league start for the club, while Taylor McKenzie and Joe Re came into the starting line-up for Mark Hughes and Taylor Miles. Bowers handed a debut to new full back, Toib Adiyemi while their dangerman Brad Warner started up top, was looking to add to his 16 goals this season.
The game got underway and the visitors attacked immediately after some good work by Lewis Manor, who went down in the area but saw his appeal for a penalty waved away, shortly after, Manor again was down in the box but again the referee waved play on, a trend he would continue throughout.
The Ambers ventured forward down the left, with fullback Tanasheh Abrahams winning the ball in the corner, and whipping in a delicious cross which went all the way across to his opposite fullback, Ibs Diallo who strode onto the ball and struck a sweet right foot effort which was diverted just wide by the boot of Bowers fullback Thomas Stephen, who had got himself in a good position to deny the opportunity. The Ambers kept the pressure on, and it was their turn to have a penalty appeal to be waved away, as Reece Beckles-Richards was held by the legs only a yard out by goalkeeper Callum Chafer, but the referee saw ‘nothing doing’ and waved play on, despite it being easier to score than fall over!
Cheshunt’s spell of pressure finally told on 18 minutes, Joe Re picked the ball up in the middle and found Zack Newton, who rolled past one defender before unleashing an outside of the foot effort into the top corner to give Cheshunt the lead.
Bowers responded well, forcing corners, going close from one, but a combination of a Cheshunt defender and inadvertently, Bowers’ Callum Leahy kept the ball out. However the visitors weren’t to be denied for long as Quentin Monvile broke across the edge of the box, and with a dive worthy of a place in the Olympic squad he went down with the slightest contact from Mo Camara, and the referee pointed to the spot, Brad Warner stepped up and calmly slotted past Huxter to draw the visitor’s level.
Sean Cronin had the final chance of the first half for the hosts, flicking over a header from a Joe Re cross.
The Visitors started the second 45 like they did the first, on the front foot, with more good work by Quentin Monvile as he drilled the ball across the box but Toib Adiyemi couldn’t hit the target at the far post after he had got himself into a good position marauding down the right flank. Ryan Moss had Cheshunt’s first chance of the half, having his effort blocked by Callum Leahy from a Beckles-Richards corner.
Another penalty appeal again was waved away for the hosts, as Beckles-Richards was scythed down by a defensive sandwich as he entered the box, but again the referee Mark Stevens waved play on, much to the disbelief of the home supporters behind the goal, and the relief of the Bowers defence.
As the game moved into the final 10 minutes, the Ambers were looking more likely to take the points. Norman Wabo was introduced in place of Ryan Moss to try and take advantage of tired legs, and he was into the action straight away, getting onto the end of another delicious cross from Abrahams but couldn’t direct his header on target. There was to be one more chance for Cheshunt to take all three points , as a mix up at the back from Bowers saw the ball break to Zack Newton in the box, but his arrowed left foot effort was superbly kept out by Chafer low to his right, to ensure Bowers and Pitsea took a valuable point back to Essex.
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