Blues are punished for their errors
Bostik League North
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Hertford Town 0(0) Waltham Abbey 4(2)
The Blues’ six game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when their local rivals, Waltham Abbey, took full toll of a succession of defensive lapses by the Blues to inflict a crushing four nil defeat.
The fighting spirit that had been so evident in recent games was mysteriously absent in this one and two goals conceded in each half was the result. Not that this was necessarily reflected in the play because the Blues enjoyed their fair share of possession and created at least as many chances as their opponents. The chances – which came at crucial moments in the game – were not taken, though, and goals were conceded at similarly crucial times.
The opening twenty minutes were played at a high tempo with both teams showing pace and energy in their movement. The Blues were playing some attractive attacking football and twice they came close to scoring. A excellent saving tackle thwarted Ollie Sharman when he looked certain to score and Dan Ferrigno fired over the bar when set up by Brett O’Connor.
Typically, however, having failed to take these chances, the Blues were stunned by a well-taken goal from Abbey’s Shad Ngandu in the 30th minute when he volleyed in from close range after the Blues had been opened up down the right flank. Clearly stunned by this setback, the Blues responded immediately by winning a corner on the left. Matt Thomson placed his kick into the heart of the visitor’s penalty area and, when the ball dropped at the feet of Charlie Ruff, he unfortunately missed the target from 10 yards.
Had the Blues taken this chance, only a minute after conceding, the outcome might have been very different. Instead, they lost a second goal, eight minutes before half-time, when they failed to deal effectively with an in-swinging corner from the left and the ball dropped into the back of the net off the body of Sam Robbins.
The Blues can out for the second half intent on clawing their way back into the match and came close to pulling a goal back when Charlie Ruff shot straight at the keeper six minutes in, and Tommy Wade headed wide, three minutes later. The closest they came, though, was in the 59th minute when Tommy Wade ran through on goal and rounded the keeper, only to see his shot cleared off the line by a covering defender.
Any hopes of a comeback were, however, effectively dashed in the 66th minute when another poorly defended corner went into the net off Jason Beck to put the visitors three goals up. And then, to ‘rub salt in the wound’ the Abbey added a fourth in the dying moments of the game; Petit Elbi firing low into the bottom corner of the goal from the edge of the area.
Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Tyler Hatherly, Matt Thomson, Michael Toner, Jason Beck, Brett O’Connor (Davy Edmee 86’), Charlie Edwards, Charlie Ruff (Daniel Bond 71’), Tommy Wade and Dan Ferrigno (Ricky Light 71’).
Subs not used: Jay Lovell & Ben Andreos.
Match Report by Ray Greenall