Hertford Town played with plenty of passion as they came through to beat Harefield United 3-2 at home in the premier division of the Spartan South Midland League today (Saturday November 9).
With Harry Ricketts ruled out by an injury, Hertford’s U-18 keeper Dylan Tanner was given a debut.
Jimmy Martin, signed on loan from Potters Bar Town, also came into the Hertford side on the right wing.
Martin set up the Blues opening goal in the third minute.
He tore down the right and crossed for Lewis Donovan to tuck home at the far post.
On seven minutes, Tanner kept out a point blank effort from Dan Emery after a cross from the right was teed up for the latter.
Shortly after a Charlie Smith effort was tipped over by Harefield keeper Michael Pearce.
The match was open and Kardan Campbell came close for Hertford in the 28th minute when his 25-yard shot hit a post.
Hertford doubled their advantage when Donovan saw off a challenge before firing home from the left into the far corner.
Hertford’s deficit was halved in the 38th minute when Mark Sargent nodded in a deep free-kick from the right.
Blues boss Paul Halsey said: “We had started well in the first 10 minutes. It is the best I have seen us play. We could have been 2-0 up before we got our second goal but we switched off for their goal.”
The Blues started the second half brightly and went 3-1 up in the 55th minute.
A neat back flick from Martin set up Charlie Smith who shot from the right into the far corner.
Harefield reduced the deficit in the 65th minute when alert Jack Reader tucked home a cross from the left.
The vistors exerted more pressure but the Blues kept them out.
However, a tense end saw Hertford ride their luck.
Sargent somehow did not tuck home a cross from two yards while Tanner cleared away when Reader was about to shoot in across from the right.
Smith also came close to scoring for the hosts at the other end and Hertford got the three points from an entertaining match that was a good advert for non-league football.
Halsey added: “It was great that we got the three points and I thought we deserved it. Our keeper is only 17. He was nervous beforehand and I thought he did well.”
Match report courtesy of The Hertfordshire Mercury
Following the game Tommy Wade was presented with the Player of the Month award.
Photos © 2013 Matt Crook
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