23 Apr 2019
RAMPANT AMBERS UP TO THIRD AFTER DERBY DAY CLASSIC.
A rampant Cheshunt side took a stronger hold on their playoff spot, pushing local rivals Hertford Town closer to the drop. Goals from Jason Hallett, Brian Moses, Taylor Miles and a Shane Cojocarel brace saw the Ambers pick up a 5-1 win on the road, their biggest of the season!
Craig Edwards made three changes to the side that beat Northwood on Saturday, with Jordan Westcott coming in for the injured Anthony Furlong, with Connor Hogan and Hafeez Sanusi coming in for Brian Moses and Shane Cojocarel who dropped to the bench. Hertford Town fielded two former Ambers in their side, with Tommy Fletcher and Luke Marshall taking to the pitch for ‘The Blues’.
The game kicked off in the blistering sun at Hertngfordbury Park, but neither side had a clear-cut chance in the first 20 minutes, with plenty of the opening exchanges being played in midfield, in fact the first half had very few good chances, with the first falling to Jason Hallett, who took down a raking Jordan Westcott ball, rounded the goalkeeper and then tapped the ball into the vacant Hertford net to put the Ambers ahead, 1-0. (27 mins). Hertford then had their best chance of the half, a long, deep cross from the left by Matty Thomson was misjudged by Harry Girling, but the onrushing Christopher Wild could only power his header over the bar. The last chance of the half fell to the visitors, and what a chance it was, Dave Kendall superbly broke up play on the halfway line, then threaded a superb ball through to Hafeez Sanusi, who rounded the goalkeeper, and with everyone almost expecting the net to bulge, it did, but the wrong side, Sanusi had managed to hit the side netting with the goal gaping, how big a chance would that be come the second half!
HT – Hertford Town 1-5 Cheshunt
The second half got underway, and this time Hertford were on the front foot straight away with Marcus Campbell racing through for Hertford and flashing an early effort just wide of the goal. Cheshunt’s first chance came from Connor Hogan, who lashed a half volley over the bar. Hertford then made a change, with Marcus Campbell being replaced by Daniel Bond, and he instantly made an impact, a ball found its way through to the substitute, who raced through and smashed the ball home and pulled Hertford back into the contest, 1-1. (58 mins).
Cheshunt then raced down the other end, a Sanusi cross found Hallett, who hit a fantastic volley off the crossbar, bounced down off the line and away, the Cheshunt fans behind the goal were convinced it was a goal, but the referee waved play on. Next, two Cheshunt changes that would completely alter the encounter, Shane Cojocarel and Brian Moses were introduced for Jason Hallett and Hafeez Sanusi, and Moses had the first chance of the two, racing onto a deflected ball, but shooting straight at Hertford Keeper Charlie Mann. The Ambers didn’t have to wait long however, Mark Hughes hooked a long ball forward, Cojocarel raced onto it and finished emphatically past Mann to put the Ambers back infront, 1-2. (74 mins), his trademark backflip, followed by a mob with the Ambers fans behind the goal followed and the visitors were up for it, they smelt blood, and shortly after, had a third, some intricate football from Cheshunt, saw Moses flick the ball through to Taylor Miles, who squared for Cojocarel, who tapped home his second, just five minutes after coming on, to completely take the game away from Hertford, 1-3 (77 mins). Hertford weren’t without chances, with another second half sub, Dara Dada shooting low, but Harry Girling was alert and saved well. Cheshunt then broke through again, a superb through pass from Connor Hogan, giving Brian Moses the freedom of the half to take the ball down and slot the ball through Mann’s legs to make it 1-4. (88 mins). The visitors weren’t done there however and completed the goal scoring when Taylor Miles scored his third in two matches, bending a low, curling free kick underneath Charlie Mann, 1-5 (90 mins). This result leaves Cheshunt third in the division ahead of the visit of Westfield next weekend, and leaves Hertford Town 2 points from safety ahead of their crucial trip to Bedfont Sports next weekend.
FT – Hertford Town 1-5 Cheshunt
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