Cooke spot on to overcome Cheshunt

A Cody Cooke penalty with 15 minutes left was enough to secure victory for City over Cheshunt at Twerton Park this afternoon. It had threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for the Romans as they dominated possession but struggled to break down the defensively minded visitors. Having failed to capitalise on several early chances, Luke Spokes dragging a shot wide when well-placed and Cooke twice being unusually wasteful from close-range, City failed to build on this promising start. Goalmouth action was becoming increasingly rare and this continued into the second half. Chris Lines volleyed high over the bar on 52 minutes and substitute Elliott Frear created space in the 68th minute but couldn’t test keeper Rose with his shot. The Ambers were clearly now set on holding on for a point but on 75 minutes Alex Fletcher showed great awareness to nick the ball away from a defender as he looked to clear and was felled by the surprised player. Cooke fired the spot kick past Rose to make it a dozen goals already for the season. Cheshunt now had to try to show some attacking threat but, apart from a couple of set-pieces in dangerous positions, rarely looked capable of denying City a hard-fought three points.