|THE AMBER'S TRAVELLING ARMY OF FANS GATHERED AT THE 2010 FINAL. |
HOW MANY WERE AT HERTFORD ON TUESDAY NIGHT?
Hertford managed by Marvin Samuel are really struggling towards the foot of their league table at present with only two wins (against Hatfield Town and Hillingdon Borough) in seventeen games. There have been some good results in the FA Vase against Crawley Green (W 2-3 in a replay) and away at Hoddesdon Town (W 3-5) and on this performance, especially in the first half, the ex Harlow Town boss has something to build on for the rest of the season.
Cheshunt played a strong side including ex Towner's Michael Deane and Max Mitchell (who started on the bench). The Ambers had made a good start to their league campaign but have recently dropped down the placings following four defeats in a row against Waltham Abbey, Heybridge Swifts, Redbridge and Harlow Town. The 0-4 victory recorded in this game will be a good morale boost for Tony Faulkner's squad who I beleive are capable of making a challenge for the play-offs.
As stated Hertford Town played very well in the first half and despite the away side edging the possession they probably had the best chances to score in the opening 40 minutes. Pacey winger Larry Asare-Bediko and forward Sean Stock stood out for me. It was Cheshunt who scored right on half time when Deane smashed home a shot from outside of the box.
Cheshunt built on their lead in the second half with the third resulting from a rather harshly awarded free kick by the left hand corner flag. As the game drifted towards 90 minutes Max Mitchell (on as a second half sub) scored a great goal from outside of the box which stuck the crossbar and went downwards into the net.
So for Hertford Town fans it's another year's wait for another crack at the Hertfordshire Senior Cup which they last won in 1989 (2-0 v St Albans City). This was also the last final they reached. They seemed to be lacking a cutting edge up front - this could of been another ex Enfield Town player in Billy Healy. He scored eight times earlier in the season but has since left the club. He scored a hat-trick for his new club Hanwell Town at Chesham United Reserves on Wednesday evening.
The question for Cheshunt fans is could this be their season for glory in the HSC? It'll be hard as in the next round they face Blue Square North side Bishops Stortford.
The modern day club were formed in 1946 and have since been to nine Hertfordshire Senior Cup Finals and lost them all!
CHESHUNT'S RECORD IN THE HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR CUP 1948-1949 - LOST 3-1 TO BARNET 1949-1950 - LOST 3-1 TO BARNET A.E.T 1968-1969 - LOST 3-2 TO ST ALBANS CITY 1969-1970 - LOST 1-0 TO HITCHIN TOWN A.E.T 1971-1972 - LOST 2-0 TO BOREHAM WOOD 1973-1974 - LOST 2-1 TO BISHOPS STORTFORD 2002-2003 - LOST 2-0 TO BERKHAMSTED TOWN 2008-2009 - LOST 2-1 TO STEVENAGE BOROUGH 2009-2010 - LOST 4-0 TO BISHOPS STORTFORD - see The Cold End's report hereThe original Cheshunt FC did win the competition in 1923 against but since then the famous old trophy, first won by Hoddesdon against Watford Rovers (now Watford FC) in 1887, has eluded football in Cheshunt.
One good thing for Hertford Town is the pitch at Hertingfordbury Park which is in tip-top condition at present. Usually when it's rained at this time of year it's under-water.
Loyal Cheshunt fan and blogger TheLocalBusDriver was at this game and his report can be found here.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW
including all four goals scored
HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR CUP 2012/13 ROUND ONE Monday 5th November Hitchin Town 3 Boreham Wood 0 Tuesday 6th November Colney Heath 3 Hadley 1 Oxhey Jets 8 Hatfield Town 1 Hertford Town 0 Cheshunt 4 Berkhamsted 1 Bishops Stortford 4 Wednesday 7th November Tring Athletic 1 Barnet 6 Stevenage 5 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 ROUND TWO to be played in December London Colney v Colney Heath St Margaretsbury v Leverstock Green St Albans City v Watford Ware v Barnet Oxhey Jets v Hemel Hempstead Town Royston Town v Stevenage Bishops Stortford v Cheshunt Hitchin Town v Potters Bar Town