The Ambers Matchday Programme

 

                                           

 

Welcome

Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt stadium for the first round of this seasons FA Trophy. We particularly extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Berkhamsted who visit Theobalds Lane for the first time since forming in 2009. Their forerunners, Berkhamsted Town, were frequent opponents in County Cup Competitions and it was in the Herts Charity Cup that we last played them. In December 2005, George Gregoriou, Bobby Highton and an on-form Lloyd Opara scored in a 3-1 win that would eventually lead to Cheshunt lifting the Trophy later that season.

Berkhamsted, who play in the Southern League 1st division Central division (step 4) are here by virtue of knocking out Barton Rovers and Northwood in the qualifying rounds. 

With Remembrance Day having fallen during the week, we respectfully ask all supporters to observe a minutes silence as a mark of respect. This will be immediately before kick off, starting & ending on the referee’s whistle.   Thank you.

Enjoy the game

Waysider              

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News From The Boardroom

Chairman Dean Williamson

Welcome everyone to Theobalds Lane. This afternoon we’re in cup action as we take on Berkhamsted in the FA Trophy.

We’re on a fantastic run at the moment which has seen us move up into fifth in the table. We showed great resilience on Tuesday night, coming from a goal behind to beat a much improved Leatherhead team, much to the delight of our travelling (and noisy) fans!

Berkhamsted are also having a fantastic season, having only lost one league game this campaign. It will be a tough game and we’ll need to be at our very best if we want to progress.

In my last programme notes I mentioned the growth of all sections across the club, which includes that of our Cheshunt FC Inclusive sides. This week the club was delighted to welcome Hertfordshire County Councillor Steve Wortley, who purchased training kit and rain jackets for our Inclusive teams from his County Council Locality Budget.

It was an incredible gesture to a deserving set of players, who all looked amazing as they posed for photos. Speaking with Cllr. Wortley I know how proud he was to help and how much he supports our community club. Thank you again Steve, and thank you also to MF Accountants who have kindly sponsored the player tops.

Finally, today is the last fixture before Remembrance Sunday, and I note it is apt that the nickname of our opponents today  is The Comrades and their origins lie in a team formed by servicemen of the town over one hundred years ago.

Enjoy the game.

Kind Regards,

Dean Williamson

Cheshunt Inclusive teams

On Thursday Cheshunt Inclusive FC were pleased to host  Councillor Steve Wortley and Shirt sponsor Mr Afrooz Baktash of MF Accountants.  The Inclusive squad were presented with jackets & training kits made available via Councillor Wortley’s HSC Locality Budget,  It is a generous gesture from both gentlemen to support the teams.  The players and coaches really appreciate being able to attend their matches and tournaments looking and feeling like a team.

The evening continued with the players training in their new kits, with a number of the first team squad joining them to take practice drills & play in training matches. Having worked hard in training everyone retired to the Sports Bar for a well earned pizza.

A big thank you to Councillor Wortley, Mr Baktash, the players and the coaches. The smiles and sharing of stories made it a very successful evening.

 

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IN THE DUGOUT WITH CRAIG EDWARDS

 

Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Chris and his team, the officials and most of all the supporters of both teams and hope they enjoy the game. 

We’ve continued the unbeaten run in the last week with a point against high flying Folkestone and three at Leatherhead. 

The Folkestone game was enjoyable but extremely frustrating. The performance was very good. With several key players out we still played the better football and can count ourselves very unlucky having three 2nd half ‘goals’ chalked off that on the video evidence should all have been given. It was our 10th clean sheet and is pretty impressive. It currently makes us the tightest defence in the Premier league based on goals per game conceded.

So we travelled to struggling Leatherhead confident but mindful that they had a new management team in and were confident after some much improved results. We had the worst possible start gifting them the opener in the 1st 5 minutes. It lifted their supporters and gave them an extra yard. I thought we would be in for a tough night but the boys are very resilient and fought their way back into controlling the game. We equalised just before half time and at the break I felt confident of the win. A couple of incredible saves from their keeper and a few chances going astray before the returning Jamie Reynolds popped up with the winner. It’s been a tough season for Jamie being injured so long so we were all delighted he marked his return so well. 

For the first time this season we have an almost fully fit squad to pick from, in fact I don’t think we’ve ever had less than five out, coincidentally it comes with the welcome arrival of our new physio Carlo. 

Berkhamsted have had a great start topping their division, winning nine and drawing one, conceding only four goals in the process. With two such stingy defences it’s going to be a stonewall nine goal thriller. Hopefully we can score five of them. 

Enjoy the Match !

Craig

 

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Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

Whitstable Town 4-3 Cheshunt 

Isthmian League Cup 3rd Round

Tuesday 13th November 2018

This afternoon we look back a mere three years to an exciting midweek cup tie where, amongst the much-changed starting eleven that night, a now-familiar face was making only his second appearance for the Ambers.

After saving Cheshunt from almost certain relegation the previous season, new Boss Craig Edwards side was carrying on that form into the 2018-19 season, going top of the league in October. In the Isthmian League Cup – renamed the Alan Turvey Trophy in honour of the Leagues long-time Chairman – Cheshunt had knocked out Aveley 4-0 and then Brentwood Town 2-1 to set up a trip to North Kent in the 3rd round.

 

Edwards decided to rest several key players that evening and so it was no surprise that the tie ended in a 4-3 win for the home side. Cheshunt’s scorers that night were Oluwole Akinsanya, Asher Silverman and, in only his second appearance having made his debut at Hanwell the previous Saturday, Joe Re.

Now having recently passed his 100th appearance for the Ambers, Joe went onto make 38 appearances and score twice in that promotion winning season and is one of the few players remaining from that side. A popular figure with the supporters, he has been voted their player of the season in the past two campaigns.  

 

 

A Poem for the Fallen by Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation,            And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,  Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;  They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;  They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known       As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,   To the end, to the end, they remain.

Berkhamsted FC History

BERKHAMSTED FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY

The club was formed in 2009 and appointed experienced manager Micky Vipond who had been successful with Leverstock Green, Tring Athletic and Hemel Hempstead Town (where he had a long playing career). The club won the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 title in its first season, losing only once each at home and away. Winning division 2 by 9 points led to promotion to division 1. The team were again champions in 2010-11, this time by 15 points and were unbeaten at home in the league. This earned a second successive promotion and movement up to the Premier division, where the club stayed for 6 years. The total of 107 points was the highest in the season for any club in the non-league pyramid, prompting the Herts. FA to award the club the prestigious Sir Stanley Rous Memorial Trophy. It is named after a former local referee and administrator who rose all the way from West Herts. football to the top job at FIFA. The team won promotion to the Southern League under Steve Bateman by finishing as Premier division runners up in 2018. The club were leading the division when it was abandoned due to a pandemic and the next season was curtailed much earlier. Being deprived of conventional promotion, the joint management team of Steve Bateman and Lee Bircham chose to move up two divisions by taking over the hot seat at Hemel Hempstead Town and took a couple of players with them.

The club made its FA Cup debut in 2011 with an away win over Crawley Green, followed by a trip to Clarence Park, but the game with St Albans City was goalless, then exiting at Broadwater in the replay. In 2012 they played 5 FA Cup matches but went out to Metropolitan Police in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, having knocked out Hoddesdon Town (after a replay), Hadley and Uxbridge. 2013 brought home wins over AFC Dunstable and Harefield United, but defeat at Daventry Town. In 2014 Ashford Town eliminated the club in the first match and in 2015 the Comrades won against Hanworth Villa but went out to Barton Rovers. In 2016 Berko went out to Cogenhoe United before the league season had started. In 2017 they overcame Crawley Green but went out 4-1 at home to Slough Town in front of 366 fans-the best yet at home. 2018 saw wins at Tring Athletic and Thame United but defeat to Coggeshall Town in a home replay-we meet them again in this season’s competition. 2019 produced a win at Wembley (Vale Farm!) followed by a narrow controversial defeat at step 3 St Ives Town. Last season we lost at Cribbs, near Bristol. This season we got revenge over Coggeshall Town but again went down to a step 5 side Walthamstow.

The 2018 debut in the FA Trophy brought a 5-1 win over South Park but defeat at Chipstead. 2019 produced a 5-0 win at home to Herne Bay but defeat at step 3 side Hornchurch 3-1. Last season we knocked out Chertsey Town but went out to Marlow in what proved to be our final game before the season was abandoned due to the pandemic. In 2016 Berkhamsted reached the last 16 of the FA Vase, going out 2-1 at home to the eventual winners Morpeth Town. They got there with six wins, earning the club the Houghton Regis Trophy. 

In 2019 the club reached the quarter final of the Southern League Cup going out 1-0 after a long midweek trip to Lowestoft Town.

Berko have reached cup finals in each of the last eight seasons. Last season’s Herts. Charity Cup final with Hemel Hempstead was not played due to the virus, with the sides being declared joint winners. The previous season Berko won the St Marys Cup with a 1-0 win over Oxhey Jets but lost the Herts. Charity Shield final 1-0 to Colney Heath. The previous year they lost the St Marys Cup final to Leverstock Green. In 2016 they beat Tring Athletic 3-2 in the Herts. Charity Shield final. They won their first cup in 2013 by also beating Tring Athletic at home in the St Marys Cup final.  In 2015 they landed the Premier Division Cup, beating Colney Heath after a penalty shoot-out in the final. 2014/15 featured their best run in the Herts. Senior Cup when they beat three fellow SSMFL Premier division sides before going out in the semi- final 2-1 at home to National South side Hemel Hempstead Town.

The club nickname is the Comrades, after Berkhamsted Comrades which was the name of the football club formed in the town by servicemen returning from the First World War 100 years ago. It later changed its name to Berkhamsted Town, but that club folded for financial reasons in early 2009.

The name Berkhamsted Comrades returned last season as the name of our reserve side who compete in division 2 of the Spartan South Midlands League-where the first team began. The club also runs a midweek side for under 18s in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League. We run a complete pathway from youth to reserves and first team level. On Sundays the under 16s and under 15s compete in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

Records to date include:

Highest step 4 finish: 1st when the virus stopped football in 2020 Clarence Park (for completed season 6th in 2019).

Biggest Southern League win 7-0 away to Wantage Town in 2019-20.

Biggest home league win 10-0 v Kent Athletic in SSMFL Division 2 in 2009-10

Biggest away league win 11-0 away to Hatfield Town in the SSMFL Premier division in 2013-14

Biggest cup win 12-1 at Stotfold in the FA Cup in 2017/18.

Heaviest league defeat 1-7 at Hanwell Town in the SSMFL Premier division in 2011-12

Heaviest cup defeat 0-6 at Hemel Hempstead Town in the St Marys Cup 2011-12

Best club attendances: home 366 v Slough Town in the FA Cup in 2017-18

      away 823 at Bromsgrove Sporting in 2019.

Record Broadwater crowd 1,732 for the 2001 FA Vase semi-final win over Bedlington Terriers.

Most goals in a season 44 Matt Bateman 2018/19.

Player progressing to the Football League: Connor Calcutt-Stevenage 

 

 

 

Berkhamsted FC Player Profiles

MEET THE BERKHAMSTED SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Xavi Comas-Leon (32) former Kings Langley and Northwood goalkeeper who joined in November 2018 and was outstanding between the sticks last season.

Sam Irish (19) new signing this summer.

Defenders

Ryan Neufville (22) a right back who joined last summer after following his manager  from Biggleswade United.

Ryan Kinnane (26) centre back who returned to Broadwater from Hemel Hempstead Town in the summer. Originally signed from Hayes & Yeading United.

Robbie Goodman (30)-summer signing from Kempston Rovers where he was skipper and made over 200 appearances. He has also played in this division for Barton Rovers and started with Ampthill Town.

Charlie Briggs (26) centre back also signed last summer from Biggleswade United, where he was captain. He has plenty SSMFL experience with London Colney, Sotofold, Baldock, Arlesey, Potton & Codicote.

Max Farrelly (28) battling central player who lives in the town and has played for Leverstock Green, AFC Dunstable and Chesham United. Over 200 first team appearances.

Matt Cooper (26)  full back who signed from Northwood. He has also played for Ascot United and Biggleswade United.

Mohamded Bangura (20) full back who has joined his brother at the club this summer.

Midfielders

Lucas Kirkpatrick (26) impressive signing from Braintree Town last season who can play anywhere on the right.

Josh Chamberlain (27) left sided player who came through the under 18 and reserve set up and returned to Broadwater, after helping Hayes & Yeading to promotion to step 3 the previous year.

Adam Watkins (29) recent signing from Premier division Royston Town. Experienced at this level with both Dunstable clubs, Chesham United, Bedford Town and Cambridge City. Was with Luton as a youngster.

Connor Toomey (26) back again after another spell at Hayes and Yeading United. Product of our under 18 side who has also played for Kings Langley.

Phil Draycott a midfielder recently signed from Spartan South Midlands side Crawley Green. Has Southern League experience with Bedford Town and St Ives.

Joe Hubbard (17) a midfielder who has came through our Sunday youth teams and was in our midweek under 18 side last season.

Alfie Abrey (18) a midfielder who was in our under 18 side last season.

Forwards

Lewis Toomey (30) top goalscorer in his first season for the club. He has previously played at higher levels with Kings Langley,  Hemel Hempstead, Chesham United & Kings Langley.

Alie Bangura (22) forward who joined last season. In the previous season he averaged a goal a game one season with three Spartan South Midlands clubs-Enfield Borough, Tring Athletic & Biggleswade United.

James Verney (22) forward who joined from Hitchin Town last summer and was formerly with Tring.

Elliot Bailey : goalscorer who recently rejoined us from Welwyn Garden City where he has spent much of the recent covid interrupted seasons.. Experienced forward, who has previously played with Hitchin Town, St Albans City and Hertford Town.

Jake Tabor (18) forward signed from Sarratt last season when he was in our under 18 and Spartan South Midlands division 2 sides.

Carl Chambers (23) winger who is a summer signing from Biggleswade.

Adiel Mannion (31) forward who returned from Leverstock Green in the summer and now lives in the town. Picked up a serious injury in his first spell with the club in 2013 after being a regular on the goalscorer’s list. 

THE BENCH TEAM

Chris Devane (30) manager who joined last season having previously managed at step 5 with Biggleswade United and Crawley Green.

Trishan Patel (33) level 3 coach who joined last summer from Biggleswade United.

Darren Locke (34) assistant manager and experienced centre back who joined from Chesham United and still gets his boots out on occasions.

Rory McMullan-goalkeeper coach.

Kim Harris– physio who rejoined the club this season.

 

 

 

Berkhamsted FC Player Profiles

Link directly to the Berkhamsted website for a view of the 1st team squad

Today's Teams Selected From:

171206-AMBER-CFC-LOGO.png   Cheshunt FC                                                        

Manager Craig Edwards

Charlie Taylor

George Marsh

Theo Osinfolarin

Ola Williams

Jack Thomas

Lennie Armstrong

Adam Crowther

Tom Gardiner

Taylor Mackenzie

Mo Camara

Joe Re

Taylor Miles.

Jamie Reynolds

Reece Beckles Richards

Ken Charles

Great Evans

Zac Newton

Enock Ekongo

Zubayr Bodie

Amadou Kassarate

Nodirbek Bobomurodov

 


Berkhamsted FC

Manager  Chris Devane

Xavi Comas Leon

Ryan Neufville

Matt Cooper

Adam Watkins

Ryan Kinnane

Charlie Briggs

Alie Bangura

Connor Toomey

James Verney

Lucas Kirkpatrick

Josh Chamberlain

Mohamded Bangura

Max Farrelly

Robbie Goodman

Phil Draycott

Lewis Toomey

Jake Tabor

Todays Officials:

 

The starting eleven & substitutes for both sides on the day will be available on match day just before kick off via football web pages here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Miles

What's happening on the 3G today?

 

Cheshunt play host to the Walking Football Association Women’s National Cup.

 

Stuart Fuller. The Ball Is Round Football Blog

Back in 2010, the concept of Non-League Day was announced by James Doe, a Harrow Borough fan. The not-for-profit and volunteer-run initiative was created to coincide with a break in fixtures within the football calendar when the Premier League and Championship sides did not have games. In the last decade it has been held every year, bar 2020 due to COVID-19. The date has got significant backing from the Premier League and from Football League clubs as well as MPs, media organisations, charities and from non-league clubs themselves. Clubs have looked at different ways over the years to get more people through the door ranging from offering discounted entry to Premier League and EFL season ticket holders to raffles and prize draws.

In September 2014 Non-League Day broke all records, with over 50,000 fans attending games in the top three levels of the grassroots game.  The biggest crowd on that day was at Champion Hill, home of Dulwich Hamlet, where 2,856 people saw their Isthmian Premier League game against Hampton & Richmond Borough, partly due to a “pay what you want” entry model.  More people attended the game than at five Football League matches including at Accrington Stanley, Exeter City and Morecambe.  Pretty impressive, but why did they get so many people to that game?

The answer can be found in a theory first proposed by US Economists Ayelet Gneezy and his brother, Uri.  Their research took them around the United States of America, visiting Theme Parks (that is a real job apparently) and testing people’s propensity to part with cash.  Their concept was to sell photos of visitors on roller coasters under the principal of “Pay What You Want”.  Whilst their results showed that more people bought the pictures than when they were at a fixed rather than a variable price, the average price paid was so low that they actually made a loss.  BUT when it was announced that “Pay What You Want” was coupled with a charitable cause, the price paid on average increased by nearly seven fold.  They summed up this behaviour as individuals feeling bad when they paid less than the perceived value for something if they knew the money was going to good causes.

So what has that got to do with Dulwich Hamlet?  Whilst many clubs announced free or pay what you want for Non-League Day, fans didn’t necessarily see the value in the game they were paying to watch.  Some, for instance had already paid to attend as Dulwich season ticket holders, others were simply skin-flints and didn’t think they would get any meaningful value.  However, couple it with a charitable element, such as Dulwich Hamlet did with two local homeless charities benefiting, and people are willing to pay more for the same event, because if they simply paid what they felt the true value to be, they would inherently feel bad – us humans do have consciences after all.

Our own experiences at Lewes of Pay What You Want back this theory up.  Back in March 2013, 405 attended our midweek Isthmian Premier League game against Carshalton Athletic.  The first encounter had been abandoned due to floodlight failure, yet the re-arranged game saw a bigger than average midweek attendance.  In fact, the attendance was identical to that a few days later on a Saturday when Kingstonian, a club that always brings a big and lively travelling support, visited.  The average amount paid to enter was approximately £2.40 per head, about 60% less than we would normally expect on a match day.

Compare that to a Pre-Season game, on a Friday, in peak holiday season in July against a team just promoted from the County League with little or no marketing.  An attendance of 250 for the game against East Grinstead Town was more than we expected, but what was very interesting was that they paid £2.50 on average.  Why? Because all of the takings on that night went to a local charity.

There’s a well-known saying that I adopted some years ago that still rings true today – Price is only an issue in the absence of a value proposition – and that is what the Gneezy brothers first defined in their study and has since been backed up by simple stats from the Non-League game ever since.

From ‘Non League Notes’ at theballisround.co.uk

 

Sam Emery writes for the Non League Paper

Sam Emery writes,

THIS week, I watched this rather bizarre post-match interview with Manchester United Women’s head coach Marc Skinner.

In it, he analyses his team’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur and the need to lift chins off the ground after having conceded a 95th-minute equaliser.

All pretty run-of-the-mill stuff you’d think, but there was something about Skinner’s response which resonated with me more than any other manager’s comment of similar ilk.

 

“Direct play is becoming a real key part of the game again,” he said using string hand animation. “The game flips in cycles. It flips to open, where you block with two sixes because there’s ten pocket, it goes from the zone 14 to wide play again, back to crosses direct because that would then be something you don’t train.”

 

Now, I’m know I’m no qualified coach, and the wrong side of 40, but is there something I’m missing here?

Has the game evolved so much before our very eyes that the 40-pluses no longer recognise it? I must be a dinosaur already!

Skinner is one of football’s ‘new-age’ coaches where the use of data analysis and sports science appears to have taken over from the more traditional ethics of the game.

As the great Bill Shankly said: “Football is a simple game based on the taking and giving of passes, of controlling the ball and making yourself available for a pass. It is terribly simple.” Skinner’s philosophy would have left him turning in his grave.

 

Yes, I understand the game has moved on from Shankly’s era but is it possible that Skinner and his new age brigade are over-complicating something that really doesn’t need complicating.

 

You couldn’t imagine old-schoolers such as Harry Redknapp, Neil Warnock or Mick McCarthy explaining ‘ten pocket’ or ‘zone 14’ in their pre-match team talk. I mean, you are dealing with young men here (or women in Skinner’s case) after all. It’s for this reason that I remain convinced that a young talent would be far better off learning his trade amid Non-League surroundings, rather than get lost in the academy system of the higher reaches. It makes a man of you.

 

In The NLP a fortnight ago, we ran a feature on the past, present and future of the England C team, highlighting the vast number of top-level players that have come through that system to carve out successful professional careers for themselves.  Andre Gray, the QPR striker, said: “I loved my time with England C. The support from the coaching staff was really hands on and they were very good at the diet and psychology side of things. People might be surprised by how professional the England C set-up is.”   Well, not me Andre, I was lucky enough to join Paul Fairclough and his squad on a trip to Slovakia four years ago this week where I experienced first-hand coaching and man-management at its finest. And not a ‘zone 14’ in sight.

 

Call me a ‘has-been’ or an ‘old-timer’ but if the likes of Marc Skinner are allowed to completely rewrite the coaching manual for the future generation then we are in danger of damaging what is a pure and simple game.

 

Local Buildbase FA Trophy cup ties

Bedford Town

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Potters Bar Town

Biggleswade Town

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Enfield Town

Bishop’s Stortford

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Chipstead

Brentwood Town

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Staines Town

Cheshunt

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Berkhamsted

Hanwell Town

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Wingate & Finchley

Royston Town

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Kingstonian

Walton Casuals

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Uxbridge

Welwyn Garden City

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Carshalton Athletic

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Corinthian Casuals 0 Cheshunt 1. FA Trophy 3QR

King Georges Field drained  well after extended periods of overnight rain, but the regular deluges continuing into the Saturday morning left the surface extremely heavy, giving the impression both teams were finding it difficult to move the ball freely, passing looked laboured and forced at times.

The first half opened with a Corinthian Casuals free kick on the edge of the box looking dangerous but a tamely struck shot was well held by Ambers keeper George Marsh for the home sides only attempt on goal in the first forty five.

The Ambers had much more possession and should have been the more likely to open the scoring, but heavy touches, misplaced passes and some last ditch defending in the final third restricted the Ambers to longer range efforts. Joe Re making his one hundredth appearance went close with a left foot shot over the bar, Reece Beckles Richards followed suit, and with a minute of the half remaining Mo Camara blazed an angled volley just over with only the keeper to beat.  0-0 at half time with defences clearly on top, aided by the pitch and the officials slowing the pace of the game considerably.

Zack Newton had spent the first half being well marshalled by Emmanuel Mensah & Andy Mills doubling up on the Ambers danger man each time he threatened, however within two minutes of the restart a move inside from his wide right position as Cheshunt built on their left saw a series of short passes from Re, Beckles Richards, Miles & McLean open the home defence and find Newton in the penalty box, back to goal.  A feint one way & a roll the other saw him clear the attentions of Mills and stroke the ball past Dan Bracken in the home goal.  The Ambers now had all of the second half to pick off Corinthians as they pressed for an equaliser. A second goal for Cheshunt should have been delivered when a long throw created panic at the Corinthians near post, the ball bounced at pace off several boots, a forest of shins, and a post before dribbling out for a goal kick. Former Amber Bobby Mills was the pick of the home team efforts, often picking the ball up & running at the Cheshunt defence, but eventually reaching Taylor Mackenzie, who steered him wide of any threat. Mensah too was having a decent game in an unfamiliar position, until a needless kick at Mo Camara & a verbal spat with Beckles Richards blotted his copy.

Corinthians huffed & puffed their way to one on target attempt for the second half, a header from range, cleared easily from the line for a corner.  Nordirbek Bobomuradov & Ola Williams came on for Cheshunt in the latter stages to provide fresh legs wide, and secure the back line.  Both were successful in the objectives, Bobomuradov breaking a weak offside line & coming close to beating Bracken to a through ball in the latter stages. Late in the game a succession of corners & throw ins for Cheshunt in the Corinthians half ensured the tie was safe.

An ugly win, but a win all the same, a clean sheet, £2,500 in the bag, the Ambers drew Berkhamsted of the Southern League Central Division, in the next round, to be played Saturday November 13th,  (today)

(The Wingate & Finchley league match has been rearranged).

Cheshunt 0. Folkestone Invicta 0. Isthmian Premier League

Cheshunt 0.  Folkestone Invicta 0

Entertainment 4/5

Star Man    Adam Crowther (Cheshunt)

Attendance 247

Invicta escaped from Theobalds Lane with their unbeaten league record intact……..just.  In a sustained attack on the Invicta goal mid way through the second half Cheshunt forced several corners and got in behind the defence regularly, on one such occasion the ball cut back went through a forest of legs & there appeared to be very valid claims of the ball crossing the line, The assistant appeared to have a very good view and was unmoved,

Invicta cleared it out desperately before a decision was made,  Cheshunt crossed the ball straight back for Adam Crowther to then head home unopposed, but be declared offside. 

 

The match had started with both sides creating chances in the opening quarter, for Cheshunt Mo Camara’s cross field pass dropped perfectly onto the feet of the advancing Zack Newton inside the penalty area, but keeper Tim Roberts & defender Josh Vincent smothered the attacker before he had a chance to pull the trigger.  At the opposite end Alfie Paxman operating wide on the left was at the heart of most of Folkestone’s attacking play, good interplay in the build up saw Paxman cut a ball back, only for Adam Yusuff to blast over from six yards. Cheshunt striker Mo Camara kept the Folkestone defence busy as an aerial threat and also with his deft touches bringing wide players into the game, Reece Beckles Richards capitalised on one such touch and cut inside to loose off a shot, blocked , and then Camara was deemed offside on the follow up. 

Roberts in the Folkestone goal pulled off a good two handed save to push away a Joe Re shot, and Camara again in the air from the resulting corner, placed a header just over the bar. 

Folkestone responded with David Smith passing a shot just wide of the post after good work again from Paxman, and the same combination forced a good one handed clearance from George Marsh , the Cheshunt keeper, the goal bound follow up being headed off the line by Adam Crowther.  The half closed with a few niggly fouls as neither side found their efforts rewarded, Paxman for Folkestone & Newton for Cheshunt the two most likely to open doors. 

No changes at half time resulted in a continuation of the first half pattern,  Folkestone looked vulnerable to cross field passes behind their wing backs & the Ambers looked to exploit this, but always having to be wary of Folkestone’s front two getting supplied from wide if play broke down. Reece  Beckles Richards for the Ambers played Newton in one on one ,

Newton beat the keeper with a rising shot into the roof of the net, alas another flag pulled them back. Newton then had a shot blocked after a sharp turn in the box, and Beckles Richards low shot from the rebound was just wide. The Ambers were starting to get on top of the game with Taylor Mackenzie & Adam Crowther comfortable under the long ball clearances & their midfield starting to ping quick passes to set up further attacks, on a number of occasions Folkestone defenders felt the need to break play up with a shirt tug & arm pulls to slow things down.  The home crowd thought they had their reward when the claimed goalmouth scramble saw the ball cross the line, but the escape galvanised Folkestone, they were not here without an unbeaten record for a reason & continued to look dangerous on the break, Kieron McCann curled a shot just over the angle of post & bar from the right, and Scott Heard fizzed a long range shot towards the top corner that George Marsh dived full length to tip over with the save of the match. The last action of the match saw the Invicta keeper Roberts save well low down to his right from a Beckles Richards free kick.

Leatherhead 1 Cheshunt 2. Isthmian Premier League

The Ambers fought back from going one down early on , to win two-one with goals from Taylor Mackenzie on his 100th appearance and the returning Jamie Reynolds, starting his first match after a long term injury.

The match was ‘Televised’ and streamed live via a number of sources, it is available to watch, complete with commentary & punditry on the Non League Banter Show You Tube Channel. A little more homework to be done on the pronunciation of names, but a great experience to log in and watch Cheshunt FC ‘On The Telly’ .

 

Cheshunt Youth in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League

Last week we posted the EJA League Tables, This week we look at the  Mid Herts Rural Minors League, where The Cheshunt Youth FC teams also compete from under 7 to under 16.  Cheshunt Youth FC have competed at all available age groups for a number of years now, and have enjoyed a good degree of success. You can check this season’s progress from the current league tables below.

Note u7 to u11 tables & results are not published, at these age groups football is about development of skills, and getting used to working with a coach. Fixtures are played on a developmental basis & the MHRML seek to match teams of equal abilities into groups to play organised fixtures.

From u12 onwards results and fixtures are published as players continue to develop and add amongst many other skills, learning how to win, lose & draw in competitive fixtures.

Under 16

Under 14


Under 13


Under 12

 

A History of Clapham Rovers 1869-1914 Rob Cavallini

A History Of Clapham Rovers

Association Football Club 1869-1914

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The Clapham Rovers were the fifth club to lift the F.A. Cup, yet little is known about them.  An elite club for over a decade, their decline was even quicker.

For the first time, the story of the Rovers is now told from their first match at Hitchin, through to World War One when the club suspended operations and never re-emerged at the end of the hostilities.

This book charts the fortunes of the club with the pinnacle being in 1880 when they lifted the F.A. Cup and later its failed attempts to re-establish itself via the Mid-Surrey League and the A.F.A.

The Book includes:

·       200+ Pages

·       Photographs

·       Full statistics of results and appearances

·       Profiles of 20+ players

Subscribe now for the reduced price and to get your name included in the book. Closing date Sunday 28th November 2021. Books are expected to be posted by mid-December.

Available from www.dognduck.net

Also available

Barnet F.C. 1882-2020

Casuals F.C. 1883-1939

Corinthian F.C. 1882-1939

Corinthian-Casuals F.C. 1939-2009

Wanderers F.C.  

Islington Corinthians F.C. World Tour 1937/38

 

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Go Find Those Old Football Boots !

Charity Boots is a UK based charity that collects unwanted football boots & donates them to children across the world who cannot afford a pair.

Football is the most popular sport worldwide, and there are so many children who do not have the same opportunities to safely play the game that they are so passionate about.

In the UK, children are often buying new pairs of football boots every season, as they so quickly outgrow their old pairs. This means that their used football boots are often left in near-perfect condition.

Our goal is to give these football boots a second chance and to bring joy to children who don’t have the same opportunity.

Cheshunt FC teams are collecting boots for this very worthwhile charity, please check your cupboards for any boots you may be able to bring along to the club and donate.

Click on the picture below to learn more about Charity Boots, how your boots will be distributed and where in the world they might next be scoring their next hat trick!

 

Club Officials

The Who's Who of the people involved in the running of Cheshunt Football Club

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