A glorious evening at The Park provided The Blues with a chance of redemption following Saturday’s disappointing defeat against a highly-rated Stotfold side in the league before we begin our FA Cup adventure this weekend. Manager, Marvin Samuel made several changes to the team and handed a starting debut to promising, young striker, Brandon White who has scored 3 times already in pre-season. Another new face appeared at left-back in the form of the powerful Rickelle Christian. The game began at a quick pace with chances at both ends with good efforts from Summers, Fraser and White. The Blues took the lead when our new left back burst into the area and was promptly bundled over by a Stotfold defender. The ref had no hesitation and pointed to the spot. This was our 3rd penalty in two games and the third different spot-kick taker in Mark Summers. He cooly slotted home much to the fan’s delight with 35mins on the clock. Stotfold hit back in first-half injury time from a speculative long-range effort from just outside the area which curled into the bottom right corner of Harry Rickett’s goal.
Half-time: Hertford Town 1-1 Stotfold.
With The Stable End noise behind them, The Blues started the second half brightly and deservedly took the lead on 68mins when Charlie Smith drilled a cross to the visiting ‘keepers near post which he pushed into his own net. The home fans erupted into song and continued long after the whistle for full time. Dajour Buffonge and Sean Stock appeared as subs for Chris Hall-Ramsey and Charlie Smith but it didn’t disrupt the rhythm of the team and they held firm to take all three points.
Full-time: Hertford Town 2-1 Stotfold, (Att 101)
Match Report by Col Mason
Photos © 2013 Wendy Mason
|Brandon White||Yellow Card|
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