The Blues entertained both Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night and put them to the sword in spectacular fashion. The scoreline did not reflect the excellent performance from our boys in blue and in truth, the scoreline could have been greater.
Manager Marvin Samuel looked to cement his first choice line-up tonight by naming a team consisting of Russo, Buffonge, Wade, Frazer, Elliott, Campbell, Brown, Smith, Teniola, Anstead (C) and Summers. Charles, Tomkins, Stock & TJ took their chances from the bench. Lewis Donovan was rested due to the ankle injury picked up against Cheshunt FC and ‘keeper Harry Ricketts was also absent on holiday.
Mark Summers opened the scoring on 3 mins with a well placed finish following an excellent assist from Jason Brown but more was to follow. On 42 mins, Dajour Buffonge who has really shone in pre-season provided skipper Anthony Anstead with the easiest header he’ll ever score and completely unchallenged too. It was a pinpoint cross from the diminutive right-back and was roundly applauded by all at The Park.
2-0 at half-time but Anstead, Summers & Teniola all should have converted before the break to increase the margin. Stock, Charles, Tomkins & TJ all joined the fray for the 2nd half and continued the 1st half pressure on the young Wingate & Finchley defence marshalled by ex-Blue and fan’s favourite from last season, Yemi Atta. The pressure told on 70 mins when the lively and tricky TJ closed down a defender forcing a mistake and coolly bending a shot into the visiting ‘keeper’s top, left corner of the net.
Wingate & Finchley got on the scoresheet late on with a calm 1-on-1 finish past Russo in the Hertford goal despite protests from Blues defenders that the striker was offside.
A decent and jovial crowd watched on as The Blues continued their promising pre-season progress with yet another win.
For me the Man Of The Match award goes to the flawless performance by Bradley Frazer. Strong in the tackle in the centre of defence alongside Tommy Wade and didn’t miss a header all night. Ray Tomkins came a very close second with another committed display in midfield.
Full-time Hertford Town 3-1 Wingate & Finchley.
Next up will be Cuffley away on Saturday at 3pm.
Match report by Col Mason.
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