A vociferous, genial crowd of around 250 came out and wholeheartedly supported Hertford Town FC on Saturday as we hosted our latest Charity Day in aid of Mudlarks Community Gardens and Children With Cancer UK. We managed to raise a whole pile of cash for our chosen charities and will aim to raise even more when we hold our next event later in the season!
Our friends over at Bengeo Tigers were also well represented on the day and pitched in with a fantastic hog roast & BBQ courtesy of new committee member, Pete Malady and his eager crew of BBQ apprentices.
The Tigers also provided the excited, happy, little mascots from their youth teams to walk the teams out at 3pm and were warmly greeted by Tilly The Tiger and Hertford’s own Lady Mayor, Cllr Linda Radford.
Aside from the additional attractions and sideshows prior to the commencement of the Premier League clash, The Blues looked extremely confident of preserving their 7 match unbeaten start to the league campaign and so it proved…
Joe Pearce was making his 1st senior home appearance after signing in the Summer and Adam Lawton’s 74th minute cameo as sub was also his 50th for the club.
At half-time, we were treated to a Battle of Britain flypast by a Spitfire & Hurricane from RAF Coningsby. A fitting tribute to “The Few” during the week that officially recognised the 75th Battle of Britain anniversary.
‘Town opened the scoring on 27mins after the imperious Jason Brown saw his goalbound shot blocked at close range only for fan’s favourite Kardan Campbell to volley into the top corner from the edge of the box. A contender for goal of the season even at this early stage!
The Blues fans were in fine voice from start to finish and ensured the visiting ‘keeper will have had very little sleep on Saturday night and the recurring nightmares will no doubt require some serious therapy.
Sun Sports equalised with a scrappy goal on the hour mark much to their ‘keeper’s delight but the smug smile was comprehensively wiped from his face as Hertford Town raced straight back from the resulting restart towards the noisy Stable End with Leigh Rose expertly finishing a superb Campbell assist to retake a 2-1 lead just a minute later. The Blues could’ve scored again in the closing stages with Leigh Rose, Adam Lawton and Sam Ruff all going close but it finished 2-1 to the home side which moved us up to 4th in the table.
We finished off a great day in the late afternoon sunshine being thoroughly entertained and dancing along to our resident live band, “The Badmen” whilst simultaneously celebrating the Sunday birthdays of Queen of the Clubhouse, Audrey Xenophontos and Mr Chairman, Pete Sinclair. The matchday atmosphere and general vibe at The Park these days is truly fantastic and getting better and better every week!
We would also like to say a big “GET WELL SOON” message to Mrs Caviarman, Sylvia Sinclair who was unable to attend this game due to illness. Hope you can rejoin our little football family soon. We miss you already!
Finally, we have been overwhelmed by the interest in our October coach trip to Stowmarket in the FA Vase and the last few seats were sold following the Sun Sports fixture. Both coaches are now FULL! Enormous thank yous again to all our fans for your amazing support.
See the match page for photos and stats from the day.