09 Nov 2019
AMBERS HIT FOR SIX.
Cheshunt suffered a sixth consecutive league defeat after a heavy 6-1 reverse at the hands of Cray Wanderers.
After a tight opening to the game, Cheshunt’s Joe Re was dismissed with the scores level which proved to be a critical moment, and Cray went on to take advantage of the extra man.
Cheshunt Manager Craig Edwards was bitterly disappointed with the result as he said: “I know how they (Cray Wanderers) play, they’re a very good side, they knock it about, they use the pitch well. And we had a game plan set out that I thought worked really well until Joe (Re) went off.
“I thought we were very dangerous up front, moving the ball well, looked nice and compact, they were always going to create problems because their movement’s very good, but there’s mixed emotions on the sending off, I thought it was reckless, stupid, and it’s killed us.
“We left so many big holes, we were so naïve, even at 3-1, keep in the game as long as you can, because if you get a goal back then who knows, but we just capitulated. It wasn’t like we gave up; it was the decision making, the last three goals were absolutely pitiful.”
The game started at a tremendous pace as Cheshunt failed to take advantage of an overload straight from kick-off, however it was the hosts who took the lead inside the first minute. Cray Wanderers broke, and Karl Dent slipped the ball through to Joel Rollinson who calmly slotted home.
Just five minutes later the Ambers had a route back into the game when Bobby Mills was felled in the penalty box, and Ryan Moss converted the spot-kick with a cheeky Panenka straight down the middle.
Midway through the first-half what proved to be the decisive moment came, as Joe Re lunged in to a tackle recklessly and was immediately given his marching orders.
The Ambers initially coped well despite going a man down, and had a penalty appeal waved away, although Harry Girling did come to his side’s rescue when Ben Mundele pulled the ball back to Joel Rollinson, with Girling producing an excellent reaction stop.
Five minutes before half-time the hosts forged ahead when Lee Lewis was given space to shoot 30-yards from goal, and he took advantage as he fired a superb strike past Girling.
Lewis went one better 10 minutes into the second-half to double his side’s lead, unleashing an unstoppable piledriver from distance that flew in off the right upright.
The game was all but over before the hour mark as Joseph Taylor got in on the act, breaching the Cheshunt defence and keeping his cool when one-on-one with Girling to finish.
With 25 minutes still to go Taylor found the back of the net once again, the striker this time fed by Rollinson before slotting past Girling.
And less than a minute later Taylor completed his hat-trick to score his side’s sixth in almost identical fashion, getting in behind the Ambers defence once again and keeping his composure.
The introduction of Taylor McKenzie helped settle the Ambers at the back in the closing 20 minutes, however the damage had been more than done after Cray scored four goals in 13 minutes.
Cray Wanderers: Carey, Williams, Carlse, Leader, Nelson, Lewis, Taylor, Mundele (Coker 76), Dent (Utumnu 86), Pritchard (Allen 67), Rollinson. Unused subs: Hall, Okonkwo.
Cheshunt: Girling, Diallo, Nakatani-Brown (Lalor-Dell 62), Hughes ©, Cronin, Nelson-Roberts, Williams (Tarh 75), Kassarate, Moss (McKenzie 71), Mills, Re. Unused subs: Campbell, Moncur.
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