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Good Evening and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium for our third consecutive home fixture in eight days. We extend a special welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Brightlingsea Regent and hope their long midweek journey from the Essex Coast will be a memorable one.
Regents last visit to Theobalds Lane was in August 2019 when we met in the First qualifying round of the FA Cup with Mo Camaras last minute winner making the difference between the two sides that day.
We also find ourselves in FA Cup action again this weekend when we travel to Sudbury in the third qualifying round – the first time the Ambers have reached this stage of the competition since the 2004-05 season. Coach travel has been arranged for this tie, please see the Club website for details.
Enjoy the game
Please note Cheshunt FC operates a No Dogs policy. (except Assistance Dogs)
You are responsible for your own children on the site, unless they are participating in an organised event at the site with qualified staff.
Good Evening & Welcome to Theobalds Lane for this Isthmian Premier League encounter. It is pleasing that everyone has been able to secure travel with the current fuel shortages, and that our match goes ahead, I note many in the Isthmian League have been postponed. I was away for the home defeat to Carshalton, the reports I received suggest the match had a lot of quality from both sides with plenty of entertainment, alas too much of it at the wrong end for our liking.
The big news from the Boardroom is the progress finally being made with Cheshunt Sports Village, I am pleased to report we have the green light to progress, you can read more about the detail here, click on the picture
There is a long way to go, but I am looking forward to getting the next phases underway.
Enjoy tonight’s match.
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.
Firstly I’d like to welcome everyone who has travelled down from Brightlingsea for tonight’s game and also our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable game.
After a great week of three games, three wins, nine goals for and only one against we came crashing down with a bang at home to Carshalton on Saturday.
For the first time this season I felt we were outplayed. On the day they were better in every department and fully deserved their win. Having said that the old adage of goals change games was never more apt. I felt it was an even game until we gave away a needless free kick on the edge of the area, which is the last thing you want to do when you are facing a player with a wand of a left foot like Jordan Cheadle. The same player was to rifle another rocket into the net from 25 yards when we really ought to have put more pressure on the ball.
We grabbed a lifeline when a mazy Zack run set up Amadou to get us back in it and we finished the half strongly. We started the 2nd half well and looked the more likely until a dreadful bit of defending but an equally superb finish made it 3-1 and in truth killed us off.
I’ve taken comfort in our two previous losses in the knowledge we deserved more than we got and we were the better side. Saturday we got what we deserved and were beaten by the better team on the day. I believe we are a lot better than Saturdays performance but sometimes you are as good as your opponents allow.
Hopefully we all share the same hurt, disappointment and determination to get back on the winning trail in a massive week for the club.
Enjoy the game.
Brightlingsea Regent Football Club History
Brightlingsea United FC and Regent Park Rangers FC amalgamated at the start of 2005/06 season to become Brightlingsea Regent Football Club.
During this time the squad and club have continued to grow and develop, having success in the Border League Division 1 and Cup.
In 2009/10 new management team James Webster and Mark Gridley guided Regent to a forth place finish and followed up the following season in 2010/11 by winning the Kent Blaxhill Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier in a superb season by playing 34, winning 31, drawing 2 and losing just one game.
In season 2011/12, James Webster added Tom Rothery to the management team in September and they finished their first season back at step 6 with a creditable fifth place finish. They also reached the Quarter-final of the Essex Senior Cup before losing to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.
The 2012/13 season was successful for many reasons. Firstly a F.A Vase cup run, which was the longest in the clubs history before bowing out in Round Three (Last 64). The club gained promotion back to Step 5 and the Premier Division with a third place finish which included a 22 game unbeaten run during the season. In the final game of the season the team won the First Division KO Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Great Yarmouth Town.
The 2013/14 season in the Eastern Counties Premier Division again proved to be a successful one, gaining promotion after finishing Runners-up to Hadleigh United, losing out on the final day by goal difference. The club also reached the last 16 of the F.A Vase and in doing so agian created history.
The 2016/17 season saw Brightlingsea Regent crowned as champions of the Isthmian North Division, Notching up an impressive 103 points and finishing 12 points ahead of their closest rivals. Maldon & Tiptree FC, ensuring an historic promotion to the Bostik Premier league.
In October 2017 long-standing Manager James Webster left the club to be replaced by former assistant manager and coach Tom Rothery
Brightlingsea Regent Recent Honours List
2006/2007 – Essex & Suffolk Border League Div 1 Runners-up (Promotion)
Manager: Alan Long
2007/2008 – Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div – Finished 4th
Manager: Alan Long
2008/2009 – Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div – Finished 9th
Manager Alan Long
2009/2010 – Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div – Finished 4th
Top Goal Scorer: Kieron Baker – 14
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Mark Gridley
2010/2011 – Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div Winners (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer – 46
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Mark Gridley
2011/2012 – Eastern Counties Div 1 – Finished 3rd (Promotion)
First Division Knock-Out Cup Winners
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer – 25
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Tom Rothery
2012/2013 – Eastern Counties Premier Div – Finished 4th
Top Goal Scorer: Liam Whitataker – 17
Manager James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery
2013/2014 – Eastern Counties Premier Div – Runners-Up (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer – 22
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Tom Rothery
2014/2015 – Isthmian League Div 1 North – Finished 9th
Top Goal Scorer: Phil Kelly – 18
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery
2015/2016 – Isthmian League Div 1 North – Finished 8th
Top Goal Scorer: Phil Kelly – 18
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery (Departed Club 11/03/16)
2016/2017 – Isthmian League Div 1 North Winners (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Aaron Condon – 31
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Chris Smith
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Brightlingsea Regent FC
Manager Tom Austin
Miles Mitchell Nelson
Lewis Byrne Hewitt
Mr Steven Rea, Mr Scott Hamilton, Mr Tommy Breen
THE WARNING from the Kent FA on the fall in numbers of match officials for grassroots fixtures makes for worrying reading. Put simply, without referees, the football system cannot function properly.
In an open letter to clubs, the county FA’s referee development officer Nick Dunn explained the issues they, and many other county associations, seem to be facing in grassroots football.
He said: “We closed the 2020-2021 season with over 1,634 match officials affiliated; the most we have ever received. Ensuring transparency, at this present time of the 2021-2022 season we have 1,247 affiliated match officials, representing almost a 24 per cent loss.
“To put this loss into footballing terms, if each of those 400 referees lost were to referee approximately 20 games a season it results in approximately 8,000 matches being played without a referee.”
Dunn says the matches under their control without a referee are at an all-time high. Not only does this not help the grassroots game, but it makes the development of referees and the progression through the system tougher.
At The NLP, we’ve experienced first-hand the good work the FA are putting in to encourage the development of referees, and therefore retain them. But it’s always going to be hard to keep filling the tank when they are subjected to some of the abuse we see all too often.
Dunn points out that the conduct and behaviour of a minority of participants is not the sole reason for the drop-off, but he believes it is a fundamental one.
Where are we as a society and sport if a match official can’t turn up on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning without fear of what might happen should they dare make a decision somebody doesn’t agree with?
Remember, it might not just come from a player. But spectators or parents overstepping the mark, managers and coaches failing to conduct themselves as they should.
Football is a passionate game. Nobody wants to take that out of it. But there is a very clear line that shouldn’t be crossed. And passion isn’t a good enough reason for losing control over a game of football – something everyone is supposed to be involved in because they enjoy it.
Verbal threats, physical attacks, abusive comments on social media after the game – yes, it’s a minority but it’s far too much.
Often culprits will be handed fines and suspensions. The authorities can only do what they can do, individuals have to take responsibility.
But the game as a whole must also pull together to stamp it out. Clubs must hand out their own individual punishments to the people associated to them who go too far.
Often, this concerns adults going over board at kids football. That’s even more worrying when a parent can’t control their reactions. We’d like to think they would realise the impact it has on their own child’s enjoyment.
The majority of people get involved as a match official because they enjoy the game too. No wonder some are choosing to walk away. Let’s put on a united front to keep them safe – and in the game.
v Ruislip Manor
London League division one
Saturday 28th September 1946
This afternoon we look back pretty much as far as is possible in Cheshunt Football Clubs history, to the day of the Amber s first competitive home fixture, 75 years ago.
Founded only a couple of months before, the ‘new’ Cheshunt had been stunned to find out their assumed new home was not available when Cheshunt Cricket Club announced the Isthmian league Tufnell Park would be their new tenants and not the newly-formed Ambers. The hunt was on to find a new ground and an agreement was made with the Gothic Sports ground off Theobalds Lane, west of the Great Cambridge Road. As it is today, it was a basic football pitch with a nearby changing room block. It had no spectator facilities other than a rope surrounding the playing area and so was far from what the founders of the new Club had envisioned when applying to join the London League.
It was evidently not what the owners wanted either and only three more Cheshunt games were held at the Gothic before the Club were asked to leave! Fortunately the London League were understanding and the remainder of the Clubs fixtures were all held away from home.
A defeat and a draw in Cheshunt’s first two fixtures, both away, set a nervous stage for their home debut. No mention of the attendance was made in contemporary reports but those who were there witnessed a remarkable game with outside-right Dudley Sapsford netting four times, along with goals from Jim Ainsworth and skipper Jack Freeman to give the home side a 6-4 victory.
The oldest member of the side that day, aged 30, Dudley Sapsford holds the astonishing record of the only Cheshunt player to score more than 50 goals in under 100 appearances, and even more remarkably, Sapsford was a winger !
In that first season, he would score 16 goals in 16 appearances and be the first choice number seven for the next six seasons, finally hanging up his boots in 1952. When he passed away ten years ago, his coffin had a Cheshunt number 7 shirt laid across it.
Manager Craig Edwards made multiple changes to the starting line up for this cup tie with players needing match minutes or returning from injuries coming into the side, the strength in depth of his assembled squad was very apparent as the first viewing of the team sheet found no apparent weakness, and with Messrs Marsh, Charles, Re, Newton & Beckles Richards on the bench a comparison with Manchester City or Chelsea was not unreasonable.
Colney Heath lined up with plenty of experience including former Cheshunt player Dan Ferrigno, and for the first half they coped well with the Ambers, getting their tackles in, and having the confidence to try & run the home full backs to the byeline. Captain Ola Williams & Chevron McLean were up to the challenge, McLean inparticular winning some entertaining foot races over fifty plus yards, and not only winning the ball, but turning & emerging from defence to set up the next Cheshunt move. Yemi Ayodele & Jack Thomas stood firm, read the long ball well & worked well with keeper Charlie Taylor to build from the back.
Holding the midfield Taylor Miles (replaced by Joe Re after picking up a knock) & Lennie Armstrong were available at all times, dropping in, turning and feeding busy Zubayr Boadi, Jacob Katonia & the impressive Nordi Bobomuradov in front of them. Starting in the nine slot on loan Aaron Blair was a constant threat with his pace and movement.
Heath were not without their chances, and were good value for the level 0-0 at half time, but with the bench at his disposal manager Edwards looked confident in his selections and how the second half would develop.
On the hour mark changes were made with two goal hero from the week end coming on and repeating the feat, with a well placed shot from a central position for the first and then popping up in the right place at the right time for a close range despatch in the closing minutes. In between Newton strikes Reece Beckles Richards narrowly missed getting on the end of a low cross first time round, but made no mistake the second time getting across the defender & beating the keeper to slide home Cheshunt’s second from a Bobomurodov cross.
A sound & patient performance with the Ambers stronger & fitter in the final quarter to progress to the next round where they will meet with victors of the tie between St Margaretsbury & Baldock Town being played on Tuesday 28th.
Cheshunt leapfrogged title rivals Herts Vipers, who lost at home to Leigh Ramblers this afternoon 1-3, with a comprehensive 5-1 away win against bottom side Billericay Women’s Development.
A Fran Gamble Hat-trick, her third in five matches this season, bringing Fran up to 11 goals in the league this season, Karesha Iton getting her fourth of the campaign and Charlotte Grogan getting her first for the Ambers was enough to set up next week’s home match against second place Leigh Ramblers.
After going 4-0 up within 12 minutes, the hosts started to come back into the match and defended well enough to hold off the visitors without conceding again in the first half.
A revitalised Blues started to trouble the Amber’s goal and in the 51st minute scored what was to be their only consolation goal.
Fran Gamble completed her hat-trick of hat-trick’s in the 70th minute to put the match result in no doubt.
Twenty goals scored in the first six matches and only five goals conceded shows the strengths of the squad as they near the halfway point of the league season.
“The Isthmian Football League strongly supports the FA statement that there should be a zero-tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse whether it by reason of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex and sexual orientation or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association.” (The FA 0800 085 0508 / Kick it Out 020 7253 0162).The Isthmian League and all Member Clubs in the League are committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.”