Only a short match report sadly :'(
Within a week of seeing off Kings Langley in the quarter final it was time for a derby semi final against local foes Hoddesdon Town, a team seeking revenge after losing to The Blues in the FA Vase back in October.
Tommy Wade had to watch from the sidelines as his ban from the red card at St Mags had kicked in, leaving a welcome return for Chris Bangura to spearhead the attack. It was clear from the start that the back log of fixtures was starting to take it’s toll on the lads as they were slow to begin, allowing Hoddesdon the majority of early chances and corners.
The Blues began to find their stride and marksman Mark Summers was denied a goal by the post. There was a flashpoint as the Hoddy number 5 went in studs up on Rhys Watson, who was lucky to escape a bad injury. The ref seemed unsure about what to do even after consultation with his assitant, rather than ruin the game he booked the Hoddesdon defender who was then mocked by our fans for the rest of the match.
Half time saw the teams go in level, a fair first half mulled over by the fans waiting for the shutters to open in the bar!
Half Time: Hoddesdon Town 0 – 0 Hertford Town
Down the other end of the ground for the second half, it was windy and a great chance for a gag from the Hertford faithful… the black tarpaulin flapping at the park end of the ground allowed our fans to hide under it singing the usual ghost songs – did you know Hertford is the most haunted town in England? I think most of our opponents now know what we’re on about!
On the football side of things the second half was another well contested match. It could have gone either way, Lewis Kidd kept the Blues in the game with point blank reactionary saves, at the other end The Blues were denied again by the post and the Hoddy keeper.
In the end it came down to one substitution and a lad that wanted it more than anyone else. Albert Adu, seemingly adored by our fans as his name fitted perfectly to a Hertford song. “Albert, Albert, Albert, Albert” picked up the ball around the area, cut onto his right foot and buried a shot in the top right of the goal. The fans went crazy, Albert ran to them in celebration and was then bundled by his team mates, all The Blues had to do was hold out for the last 10 minutes.
It took an age, some weird decisions by the ref made it very unnerving but The Blues held strong for the win. Huge celebrations at the end and in the dressing room – we heard it all in the bar! So, Hertford will face Oxhey Jets in the final, we’re not sure where yet, there’s a backlog of fixtures and it might not even be played at the County Ground. Anyone fancy Clarence Park – St Albans or is it just me?
Full Time: Hoddesdon Town 0 – 1 Hertford Town