Rose double seals opening day win
It had been at least ten long years since Hertford begun a league season with three points
so the 2-1 win over London Tigers will hopefully point to a positive campaign for the Blues. The visitors had plenty of chances and might be aggrieved that they didn’t return home with
a point but in truth, the margin of victory may well have been wider.
The new season began three minutes early and while Hertford had the better possession in the opening stages, Tigers had a great chance to open the scoring after 17 minutes, forcing Harry Ricketts into the first of a string of excellent saves.
Shortly afterwards, debutant Jordan Watson, whose pace was troubling our opponents
down the left, took the ball round the keeper but while it looked an elementary finish,
a visiting defender was there to clear off the line.
On 25 minutes we took a deserved lead as Leigh Rose beat the keeper again and his shot from a tight angle was helped in by a Tigers’ defender. We then saw the first of what we hope will be many dancing celebrations from the forward – Daniel Sturridge might argue that it needs some work but it’s certainly better than Peter Crouch…
Charlie E Smith then had another shot blocked on the line as we sought to double the lead before half time while Harry was called upon again to keep our advantage going into the break.
Half Time: Hertford Town 1–0 London Tigers
While we had dominated possession, we knew that a second goal was vital against a team who continued to look dangerous on the counter attack. Leigh could have grabbed that second just three minutes after the restart and we continued to create chances that could have been put away.
Lewis Donovan did find the net but his effort was ruled out for offside before Tigers’ Kye Davies lobbed just wide at the other end.
Finally, we doubled the lead as Leigh ran on to a long through ball and as the keeper slipped while coming to meet him, he fired home to give us what should have been a comfortable cushion on 75 minutes.
However, we do all like a nervous finish and on 84 minutes, a free kick from Ayoub Amellal wide out on the right made its way, Ronaldinho style, over Harry to make it 2-1.
We held on without any further scares in a good performance from all areas of the pitch.
Leigh Rose looked deadly throughout while Harry was flawless between the posts. Sam Ruff ran things in midfield while new boys Charlie K Smith and Jordan Watson fitted in seamlessly.
So on to Tuesday night against Hoddesdon and the question is, how long is it since we’ve won both of our opening league fixtures? No pressure lads.
Full Time: Hertford Town 2–1 London Tigers
Match report by Matt Harris
Photos © 2014 Dan Sinclair
|Charlie K Smith|