14 Mar 2019
THE PLAY-OFF BATTLE CONTINUES.
Cheshunt FC made it back-to-back wins as they ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chipstead FC.
An early goal from Jason Hallett proved to be enough to earn the Ambers all three points, with both sides finishing the game with 10 men.
After the game, Cheshunt Manager Craig Edwards said: “I can’t remember the last time Jason (Hallett) hasn’t scored when he’s played, he’s phenomenal for us.
“How we weren’t four or five up at half-time was beyond me, the chances we missed were unbelievable chances, and then in the second-half we even missed a penalty!”
Cheshunt started brightly and broke the deadlock early on, Jason Hallett meeting Connor Peters’ cross from the left and heading home.
The Ambers continued to have the better of the play, as nice work from Mark Hughes and Jordan Westcott allowed Emiel Aiken to tee-up Joe Re who’s fierce strike was straight at Taye Ashby-Hammond in the Chipstead goal.
Mark Hughes then had a glorious chance to double his side’s advantage, intercepting a lazy pass from Michak Stanic-Stewart before curling inches over when through on goal.
Cheshunt began the second-half as they ended the first, and Ashley Nzala came close, cutting in from the right before his strike took a wicked deflection which Ashby-Hammond did well to save.
Then came a moment of controversy, as after challenging for the ball, Jason Hallett and Luke Elliott ended up having what seemed an innocuous scuffle on the floor. After deliberation with his assistant, the referee gave both their marching orders, before awarding Cheshunt a penalty, much to the bewilderment of those watching!
However, Cheshunt were unable to take advantage as Ashby-Hammond flung himself to his right to superbly save Mark Hughes’ spot-kick.
Connor Hogan was the next to come close for the visitors, played in behind the Chipstead defence by Jordan Westcott before dragging wide across goal.
Just after the hour mark Cheshunt shot-stopper Harry Girling was forced into action for the first time, saving Nathan Ayling’s dipping effort low down.
Girling then produced a stunning save to keep the Ambers ahead, flying across his goal to push Samuel Clayton’s curling free-kick away.
Chipstead continued to push for an equaliser, and Daniel Moody was the next to come close as he curled just over after a brilliant run from Matthew Warren.
Cheshunt could have topped off the three points with a second late on as Lewis Hobbs’ cross fell to Joe Re who fired over, but Hallet’s early goal proved to enough to earn the win.
Chipstead FC: Ashby-Hammond, Warren, Elliott, Stanic-Stewart, Page, Oaks (Oyebola 78), Bell, Ayling, Bademosi (Boakye 59), Clayton, Moody. Unused subs: Smith, Thornton, Hope.
Cheshunt FC: Girling, Aiken (Hobbs 74), Peters, Hughes, McKenzie, Kendall, Westcott, Hogan (Roberts 70), Hallett, Nzala (Adamson 83), Re. Unused subs: Munday, Lee.
MOTM: Dave Kendall
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