On a fantastic, atmospheric evening at The Park, Hertford Town again showed their title-challenging potential by thrashing SSML new boys Bedford 5-2 and could have scored many, many more. Leigh Rose notched his 1st hat-trick of the season as his brother scored two more whilst fan’s favourite and super-sub, Adam Lawton had a goal incorrectly chalked off by the lino’s flag. The visiting ‘keeper kept the score respectable in the closing 20mins with a string of last ditch saves to deny Anstead, Watson and both the Rose brothers from adding to the final tally.

The stadium looked great under the lights and everywhere you looked, there were happy, smiling faces singing along to the match day playlist or enjoying the excellent fare from “Shelagh’s Meals”. Prior to kick-off, we watched on as the Bengeo Tigers youth teams trained on the hallowed turf before taking their places in the stand alongside members of our U-21 team to cheer the lads on. A decent midweek crowd of 100+ were present as The Blues took the initiative from the off after both sets of players and fans had impeccably observed a minute’s silence for Matthew “Grimbles” Grimstone and Jacob Schilt (both 23) of Worthing Utd who were tragically killed in last weekend’s Surrey air crash.

Ant Anstead was the first to attack the Bedford goal in this clash of the county towns after just 3mins firing a rasping shot inches over the bar following good work from the lively Jordon Watson. Anstead then turned provider, laying off a deft flick to Leigh Rose whose shot cracked against the upright. Leigh made no mistake just minutes later, blasting in a 25-yarder after a clever free-kick from the impressive Elliott King. 3 minutes later Louis doubled the lead slotting home after yet another perfectly weighted through-ball had bisected the away sides defence. Lou then topped the goal by celebrating “Bebeto Style” to honour his new daughter, Harper, born only last week!

Bedford pulled one back from range before The Blues restored their two-goal cushion going into the interval when Louis scored his 2nd, drilling home after dropping to him following a corner. Leigh Rose completed his hat-trick with 2nd half goals on 59 and 78mins which were greeted with huge, roaring cheers from the vociferous Stable End Massive!

The only negative of the evening was Anstead limping off in the last couple of minutes with a suspected pulled hamstring. We hope he recovers soon and is back in blue as soon as possible. Congratulations shouts go out to debutante Antonio Fusco and our newest centurion, TJ, who made his 100th Blues appearance on Tuesday night coming off the bench to provide the assist for Leigh’s hat-trick goal.

Our Twitter feed was full of praise following the game for our noisy fans, playing surface and the general way we go about things here at Hertford Town. We thank you all for your kind words and hope to see many returning to Hertingfordbury Park in the near future to join the amazing match day atmosphere as we continue to build our club within the community. See here for a groundhopper’s blogpost report.

See the match page for stats and photos.

On Saturday at 3pm, we’ll be hosting 2nd from bottom and winless Harefield Utd so come along and see exactly what all the buzz is about for yourself. We’ll be showing the Premier League game from St.James’s Park as Newcastle Utd take on Arsenal, live in the clubhouse from 12:30pm as a pre-match entree. Audrey will be on hand to ensure your refreshment from 12:00pm. Before all this of course, we’ll be hosting our usual weekly inclusive football sessions on the training pitch from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

The new replica shirts continue to fly off the shelves of “The Wendy House” and we hope to take delivery of the 1st batch this week. Place your order and request your size preference in the club shop this weekend.

In addition, as if all this isn’t enough, stick around for our monthly B’Lotto draw as the jackpot has now rolled over to £500! See how to enter the draw here.

With August drawing to a close, we have now opened the poll for August’s Player of the Month so vote for your favourite player here. The winner will be announced on 12th September following the game against London Colney.

COYB!

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