Hoddesdon defended resolutely and countered well but any suggestions that we deserved to lose this match are some way wide of the mark. The Blues dominated possession and once again, controversial decisions from the officials contributed to the defeat.
Hertford started brightly and after a Hoddesdon defender (let’s say it was Michael Elliott although it probably wasn’t) allowed the ball to run to Leigh Rose, Kardan headed straight at the keeper from the resulting cross.
The visitors had started to look dangerous on the flanks and after being put clean through, their number 11 shot into the side netting shortly before our best move of the first half. A long ball from Dave Bastian found the head of Leigh Rose on 18 minutes but his header was well saved by Jayden Purdue in the Hoddesdon goal.
The visitors then scored against the run of play on 22 minutes after a good save from Ini was followed up. Our number one was kept busy and was forced to make a number of Grobelaar-esque clearances with his head and other parts of his body but the goal was a hard one to take.
We had chances to level before the break and a scramble in front of the visitors’ goal saw Kardan miss-kick before Tommy’s effort was blocked by a defender. Hoddesdon’s number 5 was the standout for his team but with our overall dominance, we were hoping for better in the second period.
Half Time: Hertford Town 0 Hoddesdon Town 1
A free kick early in the second half was put over the bar by Sam Ruff but we started as brightly as we had at the beginning of the game. This time, Hoddesdon’s counter attacks were fewer and with Sam and Rimar Daisley-West looking positive in midfield, it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came.
The Blues had more chances – Rimar just failed to connect with Bradley Fraser’s flick on and then on 80 minutes came the main piece of controversy. Tommy Wade’s header had clearly crossed the line before being hooked away but it was somehow missed and the score stayed at 1-0.
Four minutes later we were level when Louis Rose latched on to a TJ through ball to lash home. At that point there could only be one winner and only another controversial decision could give Hoddesdon the game. Cue the late penalty that sent us to a defeat when a draw was the very least that the team’s efforts deserved.
Full Time: Hertford Town 1 Hoddesdon Town 2
Match report courtesy of Matt Harris.
|Tommy Wade||Yellow Card|
|Bradley Fraser||Yellow Card|
|Leigh Rose||Yellow Card|
|Tegana James (TJ)||Sub|