It was a winning start for Hertford Town’s new boss Paul Halsey as he saw his team win 1-0 at Hoddesdon Town in the premier division of the Spartan League tonight (Tuesday October 22).
The match was marked by rugged determination and was lit up by some flair.
Hertford had more pace up front and did not exploit this fully, while Hoddesdon lacked the quality to hurt the visitors.
There was a lively start with both teams adopting a positive attitude.
The hosts lacked the final ball with the ball going just inches away from their centre forward Ben Andreos on two occasions in the first 10 minutes.
At the other end, Hertford came close in the seventh minute when a corner was headed against the Hoddesdon bar by Bradley Fraser.
Hertford went ahead on 26 minutes.
A deep free-kick from the left by Dave Hicks was flicked on at the far post across goal before the alert Tommy Wade bundled the ball home.
A minute later, visitors’ keeper Harry Ricketts made a sharp save to deny Ben Andreos before the ball was cleared for a corner.
The game’s best bit of football in the first half came in the 37th minute.
Hertford won the ball on the right and a cross was met by Kardan Campbell whose volley was acrobatically turned onto the bar by Reece Buck before the ball was cleared.
Four minutes after the break, Hertford’s Dave Hicks curled 22-yard shot from the left just went past the far post.
Thereafter both sides showed much commitment and had their moments but were unable to trouble the keepers seriously.
Match report courtesy of The Hertfordshire Mercury
Photos © 2013 Matt Crook
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