17 Nov 2018
ALL SQUARE AT THE LANE.
Cheshunt and Chipstead were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after playing out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Theobalds Lane.
Cheshunt twice fought back from a goal down before taking the lead, only for a late Dan Moody strike to earn the visitors a point.
A frustrated Craig Edwards commented, “It was such a frustrating afternoon, and I want to watch the video before I really get into it. In the first 20 minutes I thought we were dreadful defensively, and all their threat was coming down the right which is why Kojo (Awotwi) came on.
“On a positive note, Olu (Akinsanya) was the pick of the bunch, his problem has been consistency, but today he held up play well and was a constant menace. He’s very proud that he’s top scorer now as well!”
The visitors started quickly and took the lead inside five minutes as Dan Moody’s cross was turned in by Ezekiel Bademosi.
Cheshunt responded immediately to equalise as Olu Akinsanya broke in behind the Chipstead defence and rounded ‘keeper Callum Hodgson, rolling into an empty net.
Joe Re then came close to giving Cheshunt the lead, his header from a terrific George Casey cross taking a slight deflection wide.
Chipstead regained the lead just minutes later as Samuel Bell got free in the box and headed home Sam Clayton’s free-kick at the near post.
Cheshunt deservedly drew level courtesy of Mark Hughes, as he latched onto a loose ball before curling a sensational, unstoppable strike into the top corner past a helpless Hodgson.
The visitors came close to regaining the lead once more on the half-hour mark, Sam Bell once more finding space in the box and heading Sam Clayton’s cross just over.
Asher Silverman almost completed the Cheshunt comeback on the hour mark as he was picked out in the box by George Casey, but his diving header drifted wide.
Cheshunt did edge into the lead midway through the half as Olu Akinsanya was bundled over in the box, before dusting himself down and sending Hodgson the wrong way from the spot.
With just six minutes remaining, Chipstead made their pressure tell to haul themselves level as Jake Robinson slipped the ball through to Dan Moody, with his strike taking a deflection and beating Bobby Mason in the Cheshunt goal.
The visitors could have snatched all three points deep into added time as the ball fell to Matthew Warren following a scramble in the box, however he lashed his strike well over the bar, with neither side able to snatch a winner.
Cheshunt FC: Mason, Casey, Adamson (Awotwi 32), Hughes ©, Musah, Kendall, Appiah (Cheranti 69), Symons, Akinsanya, Silverman, Re (Aromolaran 79). Unused subs: Sanusi, Girling ©.
Chipstead FC: Hodgson, Warren, Stanic-Stewart, Hamlin © (Murray 58), Ayling, Gallagher, Bell, Oaks, Bademosi, Clayton (Robinson 76), Moody. Unused subs: Oyebola, Thornton, Carney.
MOTM: Olu Akinsanya
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