The Gaffa shuffled his pack on Non-League Day 2015 when we travelled the short trip down the road to our dear neighbours in Stanstead Abbots for a special derby away day to face St.Margaretsbury in the league. Paul Halsey’s 9-game unbeaten run was put to the test without the suspended Leigh Rose and the recently injured Charlie Smith so in came ex-St.Mags (and every other team in a 60 mile radius!) striker Ant Anstead and Ross Clemo reverting to a more familiar and yet fluid 4-4-2 formation. The impressive Elliot King played the no 10 role to perfection supplying the ammunition all day for Anstead, Watson, Lawton and hat-trick hero, Lou Rose who overtook his brother’s tally to rise to 6th in the league table of hotshots in front of a respectable 116 inside Station Road.
Lou began the rout himself in the 6th minute beating the ‘keeper at his near post from a narrow angle before King scored an identical goal on 22 mins sending the many travelling Blues fans into delirium. King then turned provider sweeping in a free-kick from the left-hand side on 27mins which the home defence appeared to all leave to each other allowing the monstrous new centre-back that is Darren “Willow” Williams to bury home his 1st goal in blue in front of his appreciative students.
By this point the new St.Mags manager had already made a substitution but there was no stopping The Blues after the interval as the scent of fear had by now spread across the whole St.Mags team and bench with not so much as a whimper coming from the stands. An unfamiliar, timid St.Mags team who used to cause us so many problems over the years had now retreated into their half for the 2nd period determined to keep the score respectable but Lou Rose had other ideas scoring again after 67 mins and completing his personal treble on 74 minutes after two fantastic assists from skipper, Sam Ruff and substitute, Adam Lawton.
St.Mags pulled one back late on.
Unfortunately, all of the teams in and around us also took maximum points on Saturday so the league table is pretty much as it stood prior to kick-off with Hertford Town still in second place, 4 points behind AFC Dunstable.
In other news, our Challenge Trophy game on the 21st of October has now been moved to Berkhamstead FC’s ground on Tuesday, the 20th of October, 7:45pm kick-off.
Next up for The Blues will be a tricky league clash against Hadley at The Park on Saturday at 3pm.
See the match page for photos and stats.