Blues take the honours in A10 derby
2018 starts on the right foot
Bostik League North Division
Monday 1st January 2018
Hertford Town 1(1) Cheshunt 0(0)
A clinical finish from Charlie Cole in only the third minute turned out to be the only goal of the game and, ultimately, the goal that decided this New Year ’s Day derby with local rivals Cheshunt.
The game was understandably highly contested but, in truth, the margin of victory should have been greater. The Blues created a number of good opportunities while, at the other end, Blues custodian Charlie Mann didn’t have a serious shot to save.
The win was the first in six matches for the Blues and moved them back up to 12th in the league but, with Romford winning, the defeat for manager-less Cheshunt dropped them to the division’s bottom place.
After Saturday’s defeat at Mildenhall Town, largely as the result of missed chances, the Blues would have been keen to put it behind them with a good start in this game. And it only took them less than three minutes to achieve it. George Lutaaya, making his first start for the club, attacked up the right flank and laid the ball back to Ollie Sharman whose pin-point cross to the far post was coolly half-volleyed home by Charlie Cole.
This early lead clearly settled any nerves the Blues might have had and, although Cheshunt responded strongly, it was the Blues that looked to more likely to score. Charlie Cole continued to pose the greatest threat to the Ambers, going close three times in the remainder of the half. In the 18th minute he fired just over the bar from 25 yards and then brought smart saves out of the visitors’ keeper in the 25th an 36th minutes.
The lead still stood at a single goal when the teams came out for the second half and the result was still in the balance. Brett O’Connor had a shot from the edge of the box saved eight minutes in but the best opportunity to put a victory to bed came on the hour mark when George Lutaaya got behind the Ambers’ defence but, with only the keeper to beat, his effort was too straight and a save was made.
After this two more chances fell to the Blues – a shot from the excellent Luke Illsley that was saved and a snap shot from Charlie Cole that grazed to outside of a post – but other than these there was little goalmouth action for the bumper 317 crowd to enjoy, and the Blues ran out relatively comfortable winners by their early goal.
Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Luke Foster, Matt Thomson, Michael Toner, Dan Palmer, Ricky Light(Phil Lowen 81’), Luke Illsley, Charlie Cole(Harry Crook 90’), George Lutaaya(Tyler Hatherly 61’), and Brett O’Connor(63’).
Subs not used: Aaron Diveney and Ben Andreos.
Match report by Ray Greenall
Photo courtesy of @366daysofphotos