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MATCH REPORT: CHESHUNT FC 3-0 MERSTHAM FC

24 Nov 2019

THREE GOALS & THREE POINTS FOR THE AMBERS

The Ambers ended their 7 match losing run with a convincing 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Merstham on Saturday. Goals from Ryan Moss, Zack Newton and Ibrahim Diallo saw the hosts move up to 17th place, with manager, Craig Edwards applauding the fans in his post match press conference, “When you’ve been on a run like we have, to come out and hear them chanting your name and cheering, I aren’t going to lie to you, it’s made me feel as if I don’t know I deserve it, this one is for the supporters”.
Edwards made three changes to last weekends team, with Reece Beckles-Richards, Mo Camara, Mark Hughes coming in for Sammy Collins, Amadou Kassarate and Roman Campbell.
The game got underway in chilly conditions in EN8 and Cheshunt took the game to their visitors right from the off, the 3-4-3 shape was evident from the start, with wingbacks Ola Williams and Ibrahim Diallo supporting every attack, and it was Diallo that created the games first opening, fizzing a pullback into the path of Mo Camara, but Cheshunt’s Number 8 skewed his effort over. Ola Williams was next in line to create, his cross being headed over by Camara, Williams then had a chance to open the scoring himself when Ethan Nelson-Roberts picked out a superb raking crossfield ball and Williams diverted goalward, but Merstham keeper Matte Pierson sprawled across his goal to deny the left back.
Merstham were not without chances, and Jamie Splatt’s free kick was well held by Harry Girling in the Cheshunt goal. But ‘The Ambers’ were bossing proceedings and almost opened the scoring 25 minutes in, when Beckles-Richards was threaded through by Ryan Moss, but the former just couldn’t bring the ball under his spell. Ryan Moss then saw his looping header dip just over the bar after more good work from Diallo. The fullbacks were at the heart of things again, when Williams cross went all the way through to Diallo, but his cross/shot was dragged wide. The breakthrough did finally come ten minutes before the break when Camara’s throw caused havoc, and Hughes fired the ball across goal and Ryan Moss reacted quickest to prod the ball home and give the hosts a deserved lead on 35 Mins.
The Ambers nearly doubled their lead just before the whistle, as Ethan Nelson-Roberts strode forward and unleashed a thunderbolt which Pierson did superbly well to dive across and tip the ball onto the woodwork to keep the score at 1-0 going into Half Time.
HT – Cheshunt 1-0 Merstham


The second half got underway and the hosts nearly doubled their lead instantly, with Nelson-Roberts seeking out the top corner from 25 yards from a free kick, but his effort sailed over the bar. The Ambers started to step up their hunt for a second goal and a loose ball was bouncing around in the box and Ryan Moss was inches away from stabbing home. With half an hour to go, their reward came as the outstanding Ola Williams surged to the byline and picked out Zack Newton, who set himself with a perfect first touch and fired low and hard into the bottom right for his first goal for the club, and to double the Ambers lead in the 60th minute.
The game slowed down after that but the hosts looked a threat every time they went forward, and Ryan Moss picked out a superb crossfield ball to Ibrahim Diallo who’s marauding run saw him delightfully slot home on 75 minutes, despite the best efforts of Matte Pierson to seal the points for the hosts. Nelson – Roberts had yet another chance to add a fourth, but his low effort was inches wide, but it didn’t dampen the spirits as Cheshunt ran out comfortable 3-0 winners!
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