The week was off to a good start when The Blues welcomed Hadley to The Park on Tuesday night. This was a must win game for our league challenge and the boys didn’t disappoint. It was always going to be a difficult game as it was a vital game for the visitors who are in a relegation battle. It was a battle for 90 minutes but one that we won 1 – 0 thanks to a goal from Jay Lovell. See the match page for the player stats and match report.
Next up for The Blues was the hot ticket game of 1st placed London Colney vs 2nd placed Hertford on Saturday. On a beautifully sunny day, fans travelled en masse to Colney to cheer on their team. Captain Ollie Sharman opened the scoring for The Blues (wearing yellow) to huge excitement from the fans. London Colney managed to even the score on 35 minutes. Based on the number of great saves by goalkeeper Jamie Jackson during the game, the bright sunshine must have played a part in him not getting his fingers on the ball! The rest of the game was end to end and I think a large number of fingernails were lost to the stress. However, there were no more goals and in such a high pressure game, the 1 point was ultimately well received. See the match page for the player stats and video (the match report is pending).
So with the season drawing to a close this month, I thought I would mention a few reasons why it has been so great:
1)With a new team and manager, we are a club in transition. Realistically, we should have been looking at an average season. Instead, we got the best season the club has seen for years!!
2) The football on a whole has been fantastic. Everyone is talking about Hertford Town
3) Thanks to the hard working staff, team and volunteers we have had an incredible increase in fans cheering the team on. This has led to an incredible atmosphere at every game and going to a game is often one of the highlights of the week
4) With the development team doing so well, a number of the players got their fair share of minutes on the first team
5) Families are coming back to The Park as it is a great day out. It is part of the joy of non league watching kids having fun on the sidelines and being able to get so close to the players they love – yesterday, one little fan even cried when he thought he would miss getting a high five from his favourite player (he got his fist bump!).
There’s something special about non-league football and there’s something special about Hertford Town!! I for one, am looking forward to our last 4 games, they should be good!
Following winning the Development league last Saturday, the development team travelled to St Margaretsbury’s ground on Wednesday night for the Development Division Challenge Trophy final against Hoddesdon Town. The boys made it look easy and pulled off the double in their 3 – 0 win. What a fantastic season for the team – well done boys!!
After a week of celebrating, the boys had to face another 90 minutes of football on Saturday when they welcomed Buckingham Athletic to The Park. In a game that saw manager, Neil Draper, take to the pitch for 20 minutes, the lads were losing 2 – 1 (not related to Neil playing!). Thanks to a a goal from Jack Wilmott, the team happily took a point in a 2 – 2 draw. This was followed by mass celebrations when the league trophy was presented. Here is the gaffa looking justifiably proud with both cups:
Both EJA teams had a well deserved break this week. Their next games are scheduled for the 20th and 23rd.
Stevenage Ladies had another long away trip this weekend when they travelled to Norwich City Ladies on Sunday. On a very hot day, they fought hard and added another point to their league position in their 0 – 0 draw. Well done Ladies.
The full list of this week’s results are as follows:
|First Team:||04/04/2017||HTFC vs Hadley||1 – 0|
|08/04/2017||London Colney vs HTFC||1 – 1|
|Development Team:||05/04/2017||Hoddesdon Town Development vs HTFC Development
(Development Division Challenge Trophy – FINAL)
|0 – 3|
|08/04/2017||HTFC Development vs Buckingham Athletic Development||2 – 2|
|Stevenage Ladies:||09/04/2017||Norwich City Ladies vs Stevenage Ladies||0 – 0|
Games This Week
The Blues need you. Support your local team in these upcoming games:
|First Team:||11/04/2017 7:45pm||HTFC vs Tring Athletic|
|15/04/2017 3pm||HTFC vs Welwyn Garden City FC|
|Stevenage Ladies:||16/04/2017 2pm||Stevenage Ladies vs Gillingham FC Ladies|
To see how the teams are getting on in their respective leagues, please follow the links below:
In Other News
Where in the world is Jayden? While Blues goalkeeper is off travelling, he can still be found on our Player of the Month page after he won January’s poll. Well done Jayden!
With Saturday being our last home game of the season, we have merged the March and April player of the month polls. Any votes that have already been cast, still stand. Vote now for your favourite by clicking here.
Have a great week and COYB!!!