The FA Cup is a special competition regardless of which team you support and so it proved on Saturday when neighbours Cheshunt, visited The Park. Manager, Marvin Samuel & Skipper Tommy Wade made their 50th appearances for The Blues with both Rickelle Christian and Kardan Campbell passed fit to start following recent injuries. Sean Stock replaced Mark Summers in the front three and Ini Amaegbe came in for Harry Ricketts between the sticks.
The sun was out and a decent crowd (including at least two journalists) attended to watch an action-packed match. The Blues went ahead on 23mins when a high looping ball was flicked on by Anstead which found Samuel one-on-one with returning ‘keeper, Danny Sonner. Samuel rounded him with ease and tapped the ball home. Anstead should have added two more before the half-hour mark but was firstly denied by the post on 27mins and then the linesman’s flag on 28mins after a Christian shot was parried by Sonner. Samuel was forced off with a recurrence of his knee injury and was replaced in attack by Mark Summers just after the half-hour. The Blues doubled their advantage just before half time when the impressive Sam Ruff picked up the ball and drilled an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Half-time: Hertford Town 2-0 Cheshunt.
No changes were made during the interval and the home side continued their dominance from the 1st half into the second period taking just four minutes to score their third of the afternoon courtesy of a Mark Summers rocket. The referee had already booked six Blues players by this point in what was in reality a very well contested and fair game. The visitors managed to pull one back via caretaker manager and ex-Arsenal man Riza before Stock played Anstead through with his back to goal resulting in a cheeky back heel to make it 4-1. Buffonge & Smith replaced Christian & Ruff respectively with 13 minutes remaining. Cheshunt pulled another back after a looping cross fooled the home defence and crossed the line. The Blues were still creating chances whilst the visitors frustration was becoming more and more visible. This culminated in a brawl with just three minutes remaining involving all 22 players, both benches and a Cheshunt fan who crossed the fence to get involved before being ejected from the ground. Following consultation with his assistants, the referee issued red cards to Michael Elliott and the Cheshunt No:8, David Greene. After an eternity of injury time, the final whistle was eventually blown and the fans erupted. Both sets of players applauded the noisy Stable End Massive and the 3/1 underdogs marched on into the next round against last season’s league winners, Dunstable Town at The Park on the 14th of September at 3pm.
Full-time: Hertford Town 4-2 Cheshunt. (Att:184)
Man of the match goes to Anthony Anstead with three assists and goal to cap a battling performance before going off with a shoulder injury.
Match Report by Col Mason
Photos © 2013 Matt Crook
|Michael Elliott||Red Card|
|Kardan Campbell||Yellow Card|
|Sean Stock||AssistYellow Card|
|Tommy Wade||Yellow Card|
|Bradley Fraser||Yellow Card|
|Rickelle Christian||Yellow Card|
|Sam Ruff||GoalYellow Card|
|Ben Butler||Yellow Card|
|Mark Summers||GoalYellow CardSub|