2 goals from shy, humble TV personality, Ant Anstead and another from Hertford Town’s own goal machine Leigh Rose earned a hard-won point on Saturday as The Blues travelled to Cockfosters in blistering conditions.

Under a scorching sun hitting the 30 degrees mark and on an appalling surface, our boys did well to come back on three separate occasions despite the whistle-happy officials who did their best to ruin a thoroughly entertaining match which went from end to end from the start.

Our débutante ‘keeper standing in for the absent Harry Ricketts was very lucky to stay on and only received a yellow card following a penalty decision early in the 1st half which should never have been given after the ‘Fosters striker fouled Lou Rose in the build-up and was at least a yard offside when played though. The pen on 14mins was clinically put away by the chunky Ben Andreos but this didn’t dent the away side’s confidence and we continued testing the ‘Fosters nervy ‘keeper at every opportunity.

Leigh Rose restored parity with a expertly taken finish 5 minutes later after yet another mix-up in the Cockfoster’s defence. However, our own defence was all over the place while adjusting to the new 3-5-2 formation and we conceded shortly after on the 39 minute mark before Anstead equalised with a looping header over the hapless Cockfosters ‘keeper with 44 mins on the clock sending both teams into the interval level at 2-2.

The referee had clearly calmed down during the break and decided to let the game flow for a bit following half-time but still found time to consult his linesman and issue a straight red to Dajour Buffonge for “violent conduct” for an off the ball incident on 78 mins which bemused all present.

‘Fosters had taken a 3-2 lead at this point but it was Ant Anstead who stole the headlines yet again with an injury-time equaliser, poking home after the home ‘keeper who couldn’t catch a cold had flapped helplessly at a long free-kick from the half-way line by our own ‘keeper.

Check out the fixture page here for the stats, pics & drama!

The fans were again in fine voice and we now host two very win-able home games starting with newly promoted (and winless) Bedford FC on Tuesday night before the rearranged fixture against Harefield Utd at The Park, next Saturday.

Following next Saturday’s match against Harefield Utd, we will be drawing the monthly B’Lotto numbers for August and there is £500 waiting to be won. Enter your lucky numbers here for a chance of collecting a monkey after the game at The Park!

On another note, everyone at the club would like to congratulate yesterday’s skipper, Lou Rose on becoming a 1st time daddy following the birth of Harper Rose on Thursday. Equally, we also send our bestest wishes to Sam Ruff and hope he gets well soon following his recent illness.

COYB!

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