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11 Feb 2020


Worthing slipped quietly out of the Velocity Trophy at the quarter-final stage, with ex-player Zack Newton starting the comeback, as Cheshunt cruised into the semis.

After Saturday had finally seen the end of Red’s long unbeaten run, Manager Adam Hinshelwood once again rang the changes for this last eight tie

The game nearly had it’s opening goal inside the first few seconds, when Budd played a right wing corner short to Danny Barker and, upon receiving the return pass, played the ball back into the danger zone. Following a brief spell of penalty box pinball, Armstrong had his initial effort blocked before Clarke forced Amber’s custodian, Harry Girling to turn his low shot around the far post f

.In their change strip of all blue, the visitors threatened a few minutes later, via a run down the right by Amadou Kassarate that resulted in his low delivery going all the way across the penalty area and out the other side. Taylor Miles’ free-kick caused some concern when Jelley only succeeded in heading it straight up in the air, Carl Rushworth came out to collect but couldn’t and Armstrong eventually cleared the decks. Cheshunt continued to take the game to their high-flying hosts when good link-up play going past the dugouts led to the ball being worked into a centrally-placed Miles, who tried to curl it past Rushworth from around twenty yards, only to find the goalie’s gloves instead. Shortly afterwards Budd, under pressure from Miles, gifted possession to former Woodside favourite,

Ten minutes before the break and Worthing had their noses in front. Dawes jinked his way into the area, past Jamie Reynolds and McKenzie before laying the ball off to his left where Chalaye was waiting to drill a low effort inside the opposite upright. It was soon followed by Reece Beckles-Richards blazing a good opportunity over the bar, when well placed. but the Mackerel Men held on to take their lead into half time.

The Ambers upped the ante at the start of the second-half with Reynolds robbing Budd near the centre circle and supplying Mo Camara, whose curved dink to Beckles-Richards on the left saw Rushworth deny the striker’s driven attempt with his feet at the near post. The two-nil reverse a fortnight ago seemed a distant memory, as the men of Herts continued on the offensive. Dylan Jelley was barged off the ball by Camara who, subsequently, put Beckles-Richards in the clear but as his fellow forward attempted to fire through the legs of Rushworth, he was thwarted by the England U-19 international, .An equaliser was looking increasingly likely and the visitors were soon bearing down on goal again, as Newton outmuscled Armstrong to get on the end of a huge Girling throw and, although he overhit his pass to Beckles-Richards, the number ten was able to retrieve the situation by returning a low centre into his teammate which Rushworth got down well to parry. The danger wasn’t over there though, an Ambers equaliser was on the cards as the press applied pinned the league leaders in their own half.

A combination of Reynolds and Beckles-Richards, left the latter to run on and finish across Rushworth. Taylor Miles then helped put the seal on a deserved victory when his corner was headed home, unmarked by Senegalese international player, Kassarate; who could have made it three when a half-cleared corner was driven back in by Cronin, blocked by a huddle of red shirts and headed on by Reynolds, only for the well-travelled twenty-four year old to lash over the top. Further sloppiness, after Meekums conceded possession cheaply to Joe Re saw both Camara and sub Ashley Nzala have a go before Cheshunt’s third of the night was finally buried by Nzala from close range in his first appearance of the season after working his way back from a broken ankle in July.

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