Football: Grays back to winning ways against Cheshunt
Date posted: 10-10-2012
By Chris Jones
GOALS from Kenny Beaney and Junior Baker won the game for Blues, as the team got back to winning ways in the league.
Blues started strongly against a Cheshunt side who were unbeaten after their opening eight matches, and forced a number of corners which failed to trouble the home side.
It was a comedy of errors in the Cheshunt defence that allowed Kenny Beaney to open the scoring just after a quarter of an hour. Beaney’s initial shot was wayward, but two sliced clearances put the keeper in trouble, and the midfielder followed up and netted from close range.
Midway through the first half referee Russell Howes pulled up injured, and after an eight minute delay, he was replaced by one of his assistants, with a replacement being plucked out of the crowd to run the line.
Joao Carlos should have got the second, but he inexplicably put wide after a deep cross from Harry Agombar.
Blues were denied a penalty early in the second half as Luke Marshall took a tumble, and Jake Larkins made a smart save as play switched end-to-end.
Ryan Wade equalised for Cheshunt just before the hour, heading home a
pinpoint deep cross from Matt Mitchell. The ex-Ware midfielder found himself in acres of space after some deliberation between goalkeeper Larkins and Lee Flynn meant that a hopeful up-field ball wasn’t cleared.
Jose Espinosa began to impose himself on the game and almost single-handedly took on the entire Blues defence, but couldn’t get a shot away.
Blues introduced Joe Sweeney and Jake Hall for Jack West and Harry Agombar, and Hall twice went close to giving Blues the lead in the game.
He first slid in at the back post after good work by Joao Carlos down the left, before firing just wide from the edge of the area.
Junior Baker, playing in his 99th game for the club got the winner 15 minutes from time, heading in from a Carlos corner.
Blues climb into fifth place, but remain behind Potters Bar Town and Maldon & Tiptree who both won this evening.
Up next is a trip to unbeaten Tilbury at Chadfields on Saturday, and the league leaders warmed up for the local derby by winning 4-1 at home against struggling Redbridge.