There were no complaints from the Town faithful present at Theobald's Lane tonight as Cheshunt out-battled us and fully deserved their 3-1 victory.
It could of been so different as Town had a few chances to kill the game off after making 1-0 in the first half. Cheshunt looked well up for the game and had the majority of the play in the first 10 minutes with the speedy Boniek Forbes on the left hand side of midfield looking very good going forward. He had the first real chance of the game when his shot flashed past Jason Holmes's left hand post.
Town got back into the match and controlled the game for a short while with Andy Jones in midfield putting over some beautifully timed and placed balls for Stuart Blackburne to run onto. Blackburne was unlucky with his first shot of the game which went wide of the Cheshunt goal.
It was 0-1 to Town when Jordan Lockie launched a long high ball into the box from right back which was flicked on by Adam Wallace and touched into the net past Glenn Williamson in the Cheshunt goal by Stuart Blackburne.
This is when Town could have made the game safe when after Richard Morton won the ball back at the edge of the box Andy Jones's grass-cutter shot came back off the post for the quick reacting Blackburne to touch it onto the bar in what a really unlucky piece of play by Town. This fully deserved a goal and show's that luck may have been on Cheshunt's side tonight. If this would of gone in woud The Amber's heads have dropped?? We'll never know
The Amber's came back into the match and hit the woodwork themselves with the ball rebounding out from the angle of cross and bar. Maybe Cheshunt weren't so lucky!!
Centre forward Bradley Stamp levelled the game up for Bob Dearie's side with a goal just prior to the half-time break.
HALF TIME 1-1
Cheshunt came out and attacked Town from the start of the 2nd half and looked much the better and organised side. David Hicks was unlucky when he lobbed the ball over Holmes in the Town goal only for it to rebound off the crossbar.
He didn't have to wait long for a goal as he took a sweetly struck free kick from the left hand edge of the box which went straight into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 2-1 to the home side.
Steve and Del shuffled the team about a bit at this stage with Liam Hope replacing Stuart Blackburne and Paul Marks coming on for Morton.
It got worse for Town when the ball looked to be going out of play for a Town goal-kick on the right hand side of the pitch with Sam Byfield and a Cheshunt player tussling for the ball. Sam attempted to shield the ball out but the manoeuvre didn't quite work allowing the Cheshunt player to put in a lovely ball across the goalmouth for the appreciating Graeme Dearie to knock in the net, to make it 3-1.
There wasn't many further chances in the game which after the good spell in the first half just didn't seem to go right for the Town. There were far too many mis-placed passes and a highly-motivated Cheshunt side seemed to be first to the ball throughout the game.
FULL TIME 3-1
As Steve and Del have said and something we all know is that Town won't win every game this season and this appeared to be "a bad day at the office" for most of the team who came up against a very hard working Cheshunt side who appeared to be well up for it taking the game to Town. They fully deserved only their second victory of the season over a team in the Top 11 of the Division.
To put things in perspective this was only Town's 2nd defeat since the turn of the year and we are still looking good for the play-offs in 4th position. Hopefully, the player's can put in a better performance against Heybridge Swifts on Saturday to erase the memory of this local derby defeat. You can't win them all!!
Glenn Williamson, Gart Schillaci, Glen Parry, Nick Moutford, Oliver Cleaver, David Hicks, Matt Thomson (Syrus Gordon), Iain Salt, Graeme Dearie (Tom Tresadern), Bradley Stamp (Steve Velandia), Boniek Forbes.
Subs not used- Aaron Omand, Tom Dos Santos
Holmes, Lockie, Bardle, Smith, Kirby, Morton (Marks), Hammond, Jones, Blackburne (Hope), Wallace, Byfield (Valenti).
Subs not used - Blower, Hall
Crowd - 249