26 Feb 2020
COMRADES TO GOOD FOR THE AMBERS AS WE EXIT CHARITY CUP IN THE SEMI-FINALS
Berkhamsted advanced to the Herts Charity Cup final after a hard fought 2-1 win over The Ambers on a bitterly cold and wet Tuesday evening at Theobalds Lane. Lee Stobbs and Lewis Toomey had put the visitors 2-0 up, but a late goal from Reece Beckles-Richards wasn’t enough for Cheshunt as they failed to progress to the final.
Craig Edwards handed a debut to Kayne Diedrick-Roberts on the wing, as well as giving Mo Camara, Ashley Nzala, Ethan Nelson-Roberts and Mark Hughes starting berths.
The Ambers had the better of the opening proceedings, with Nzala drilling a low effort wide, and Nelson-Roberts sending a dipping volley over from the edge. Mo Camara then teed up Zack Newton, who fired his shot wide. The Visitors weren’t without chances however, and Max Farelley saw his header saved by Girling. Diedrick-Roberts then played a neat ‘one two’ down the other end with Nzala, but his effort was well held by Williams.
Then against the run of play, Lee Stobbs bent a delicious whipping effort into the top corner to give the visitors the lead on 18 minutes. After Camara saw his flicked header held, The Comrades launched another attack and Lewis Toomey was brought down by Girling, allowing the referee to point to the spot, the striker dusted himself off and tucked away the spot kick to double the visitors lead on 26 minutes. The Ambers ended the half with a couple of snatched efforts from Nzala and Tanasheh Abrahams, leaving them with a mountain to climb in the second 45.
HT Cheshunt 0-2 Berkhamsted
Reece Beckles-Richards replaced Ash Nzala at the break for the hosts in an attempt to inject some fresh pace into the side, Richards then won a corner which was taken by Diedrick-Roberts and Mark Hughes, who was unmarked from all of 4 yards glanced wide at the back post. Beckles-Richards then timed a superb run down the wing, and he teed up Zack Newton, who’s stinging effort was superbly tipped round the post by Williams. Mark Hughes then glanced another free header wide, and Ryan Moss, who had replaced Ethan Nelson-Roberts, had a ball nicked just away from him, and from the resulting attack, Toomey had a great chance to tie the game up but Girling made a point blank stop. From another Cheshunt corner, Hughes this time sent his effort off the crossbar as it turned out to be a desperately unlucky night for the Northen Irishman, who was ‘ sin binned’ with ten minutes remaining and nobody really knew why.
With four minutes remaining, Beckles-Richards carried the ball and fired a fierce low effort under Williams to give Cheshunt hope. After having strong appeals for a handball waved away, the final chance came when Diedrick-Roberts put in a superb cross and Mo Camara, again from even closer in than Hughes, couldn’t get his footing right and the ball bounced up into the goalkeepers arms rather than into the net, to send Berkhampsted through to the final.
FT Cheshunt 1-2 Berkhamsted
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