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17 Dec 2019


Our match report is by guest writer and the UK’s number one groundhopper, Mr Brian Buck.

(Match number 13,177) Tuesday 17th December 2019. Cheshunt 3 Colney Heath 1 (Herts Senior Cup 2nd Round) att 83. With persistent light rain seeing the postponement of most of the games on my list for tonight, I noticed that this match at Theobalds Lane was still on. I love coming here, as I was a regular from 1964 to 1986 when I lived in the area. So this evening I was able to carry out part of my promise in that I told the lads last time I was here that I must come here more often. Since my last visit, in July there is something going on in the car park and something being built between the ground and the A10. The club hope that when it is done it will help the club push through their plans to transform this ground into something suitable for the National League. I wish them well. Tonight, I got chatting to someone who has been supporting the club about as long as I have and we had a wonderful time recalling names from the past. As for the match, it was one Cheshunt should have won more comfortably than they did. Pre-match though I thought that they might be in for a tough time, because as I write Colney Heath are top of the SSML. But then I was forgetting that these days Cheshunt play two steps higher than them. It was the hosts who took the lead on 12 minutes, direct from a corner by Beccles-Richards. This was from the takers fourth corner of the evening. Thereafter goal scoring chances were at a premium. Colney Heath had one on 43 minutes, Cheshunt had one on 54 minutes and a header on 68 minutes. But the game was better than the statistics show. Although the visitors tried hard it was the hosts who had almost total control of proceedings, but initially they couldn’t score the goals to match their possession. However, on 78 minutes they did add a second goal through Re, a 25 yard low shot which seemed to deceive the unsighted keeper. Then six minutes later a third goal followed when the ball was swept home from close range by Moss following a cross from the right. This was game effectively over, but there was a sting in the tail as on 88 minutes a goal bound Colney Heath shot hit a Cheshunt player on the arm. Gone are the days of ball to hand or vice versa and he was sent off. With the game already won it would have been simpler to have just let the ball go into the net. But mentally, he didn’t have enough time to make a decision. It’s a new law which needs revisiting. From the resultant spot kick the shot hit the post, but the follow up shot was converted. Once again I enjoyed my visit here, especially as Cheshunt won. I must come more often.

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