Some days it’s really difficult to sit down in front of my laptop and write a match report. On other days however, they just seem to write themselves. This was one of the latter!
On a crisp, Autumnal day at The Park this Saturday, The Blues played out their 11th game of the long, gruelling league season in front of a huge SSML crowd of 177 adoring fans aiming to remain one of the few unbeaten teams in the land… at any level.
The Rose brothers again went head-to-head competing for the SSML golden boot award and Leigh overtook Louis’s haul scoring his 12th and 13th goals of the season from just 14 games.
“Shelagh’ Meals” also celebrated with the return of half-time Pukka Pies and The Wendy House did some decent business in shirt sales before we restock for Winter with woolly hats, neck-warming reversible scarves and warm, waterproof manager coats.
Hadley’s “famous” manager, Mickey Hazard was inexplicably absent as his team’s body-language looked well beaten before they’d even kicked a ball in complete contrast to The Blues who looked like they meant business from the off, entering the arena brimming with confidence, chests puffed out and cheered on by a noisy, packed stand and a full Stable End.
Hertford Town were without the injured Charlie Smith, the absent Kardan Campbell and the hungover Ant Anstead following an awards night where he supported the excellent charity “Harrison’s Fund” in London. So, in came Joe Pearce, Ross Clemo and Tyler Hatherly to make for a very attacking line-up with Watson, Lou Rose, Leigh Rose, King, Ruff and Brown all named in the starting 11 plus Adam Lawton, Sion Hardy and TJ coming off the bench later on to continue the torture of the Hadley defence.
The home side opened the scoring on 18 mins when a long free-kick from Joe Pearce was controlled at the 1st time of asking with a Messi-esque touch by centre-back, Bradley Fraser, deceiving the onrushing defender thus allowing him to fire home the first goal of the afternoon. We pressed and pressed as the Hadley bookings and self-inflicted injuries began to tally but it remained 1-0 going into the interval. No changes for either side following the break which suited The Blues perfectly, doubling their lead just a minute after the restart via Leigh Rose who neatly lobbed a perfect through-ball over the oncoming ‘keeper.
Many chances came and went with Skipper Sam Ruff, sub Adam Lawton, Elliot King and Lou Rose all going close, forcing some quality saves from the visiting ‘keeper and indeed striking the bar before Leigh Rose finished this one-way rout with his second of the day and Hertford’s third on 88 mins with a close-range tap-in from the hard-working Tyler Hatherly, crossing in from the left after leaving many Hadley players in his wake.
Following the game, the Gaffa had this to say, “I don’t need to say a lot really. Great win, great club, great fans. Simple. Well done to all my players today”
Amidst a party atmosphere in the clubhouse, Jason Brown was awarded September’s Player of the Month – keep up the good work!
See the match page for photos.
Next up for The Blues will be the Challenge Trophy replay vs Hale Leys Utd on Tuesday night at Berkhamsted FC. Kick-off is at 7:45pm. On Saturday, we travel to Broxbourne Boro for our second local derby of the season.
Stay tuned for some exciting news for kids of all ages regarding our FA Vase match/Halloween party… until then… COYB!!!
PS. Did I mention our 11 game unbeaten series in the SSML Premier League? Still going strong and what a time to be alive!