City welcome Cheshunt to Twerton Park for the Club’s Student Day on Saturday, hoping to build on the convincing win at Concord and consolidate their top five position.
The Ambers finished fifth in the Isthmian Premier League last season and won the play-off final against Hornchurch to complete an excellent campaign. The Hertfordshire club also won the county senior cup for the first time and reached the last sixteen of the F.A Trophy.
In the latter competition, Cheshunt defeated both Chelmsford and St Albans from this division before tasting a 1-0 defeat at Stockport who of course went on to win the National League.
However, they are finding it difficult to adjust to this level and only Weymouth lie below them in the table. An opening day win over Hampton & Richmond was followed by ten consecutive defeats; a poor run of form which was only ended last Saturday with victory in the Hertfordshire derby at Hemel Hempstead.
It is their home form which must be causing the most concern to manager Craig Edwards with 18 goals conceded in six matches. Away from Theobalds Lane, three of their five defeats have been by a single goal margin, which shows that they remain competitive despite their struggles.
Their FA Cup run was the same length as City’s, with victory over St Neots being followed by a 2-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers of National League North.
This will not be the first time our paths have crossed as we featured in the same Southern League division for two seasons just under twenty years ago. City were victorious in three of those four matches with a Scott Partridge hat trick and further goals from Lewis Hogg and Darren Edwards contributing to a 5-0 win at Twerton in January 2007, just three months before we clinched the title.