Hanwell Town 3-1 Cheshunt
By Chris Moore
Big 3 Points For Hanwell
SATURDAY 10TH. NOVEMBER 2018.
THE BOSTIK ISTHMIAN LEAGUE, SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION.
HANWELL TOWN (0) 3 V. 1 (0) CHESHUNT FC.
This was ‘a game of two halves’ but not in the normal sense of that well-worn phrase. The first period was lacking in any sort of excitement while the second had both sets of supporters on their feet on more than one occasion. The game had begun in driving rain following a well-respected minute’s silence, in common with every other game across the country.
The conditions seemed to affect the players and the ball spent most of the first period in the middle half of the pitch. Devante McKain and Olly Duffy combined to prevent the visitors from creating anything worthwhile, while Gareth Chendlik was firmly shackled by Taylor Mackenzie in the other half. Aaron Bufton was only required to make a couple of routine saves despite Cheshunt having greater possession and territorial advantage. In addition, Town’s full backs, Kieron Cathline and Williams Danquah, only allowed the visitors one noteworthy cross, and that did not come until the half hour mark. Hanwell rarely advanced into shooting range although Tom Collins did go close from an angle after a neat reverse pass from Harry Rush just before the interval. Town’s only other threats on the Ambers’ goal came from a couple of Louis Bircham’s floated free kicks and corners.
After the interval Hanwell started on the front foot and straightaway Tom played an incisive ball to Gareth but his low ball across the box eluded all. Almost immediately Gareth forced a sprawling save from Harry Girling but Town were unable to capitalize on the loose ball. It was then Cheshunt’s turn to threaten and Aaron was off his line quickly to make a brave, sprawling dive at the feet of Toby Aromoloran. Town were definitely playing better now and the opening goal came just after the hour mark. Devante played the ball forward to Gareth who laid it to Tom outside the area. Tom made himself a bit of space and fired the ball into the top far corner, to the delight of the ‘Massive’ behind the goal and the less hardy supporters huddled in the ‘Bob Fisher’ stand.
To their credit the visitors went up a gear and went close to equalizing five minutes later when a goalmouth scramble required both Kieron and Aaron to block goal-bound shots. With twelve minutes to go Harvey Killeen went close when his seemingly on-target effort from twenty yards out curled wide at the last moment. A minute later the visitors equalized. Substitute Nicholas Symon burst down the right and shot from an angle. Aaron parried the ball but it ran to visiting skipper, Mark Hughes, who netted from close range.
It did not take long, however, for Hanwell to restore their advantage. Ninety seconds after the equalizer Harvey drilled the ball into the net after both Tom and Gareth had hit the woodwork, causing much ‘oohing and ahing’ prior to the goal celebrations. The game then became somewhat tetchy on the field, leading to a little unnecessary verbal antagonism in the stand. The referee needed to show a number of yellow cards to the visitors for various transgressions, with Town’s Rhys Paul suffering a couple of worrying looking knocks while effectively carrying out his defensive midfield duties.
With less than three minutes of the ninety to play Town made the game safe. Wayne Carter, having come on for a cameo appearance in the eighty-sixth minute, demonstrated a couple of neat touches before clipping a ‘cross-cum-shot’ towards the far post. It was met by Louis, who slid it across the six yard box from where Harvey made no mistake. It was a signal for Town supporters to leap to their feet and enjoy high fives in the stand and for hugs and back-slapping on the pitch. The win sees Town move up to sixth spot in the table, two points behind today’s visitors and the play-off spots.
TEAM: 1.Aaron Bufton 2.Kieron Cathline 3.Williams Danquah 4.Olly Duffy © 5.Devante McKain 6.Rhys Paul 7.Louis Bircham 8.Harry Rush 9.Gareth Chendlik 10.Tom Collins (15.Wayne Carter 86) 11.Harvey Killeen. Unused substitutes: 12.Malaki Mars 14.Anis Nair 16.Rourke Pickford.