Heath feel the heat from Summers
Spartan South Midlans League Premier Division
Saturday 1st October 2016
Colney Heath 1(1) Hertford Town 5(2)
(o.g. 17’, Summers 43’, 51’, 63’, Taylor (pen) 73’)
A Mark Summers hat-trick, scored with right foot, left foot and head, helped the Blues come back from a goal behind to register an emphatic victory against a lively Colney Heath side who were coming into the game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.
A feature of recent Blues matches has been their tendency to concede an early goal – and the trend continued in this game. A corner conceded in only the fifth minute bobbled around in the box until the hosts’ Samson King bundled it over the line to give his team the lead.
Being now accustomed to suffering an early setback, the Blues appeared unfazed by the situation and responded in a typically positive fashion. Playing up the slope and into a strong wind had already created two good scoring opportunities for Mark Summers and Adam Murad by the time they had found a 17th minute equaliser. Adam Murad and Dan Ferrigno combined well in midfield to find Tommy Wade inside the penalty area. Tommy looked odds-on to score until a defender’s lunging attempt at a saving tackle only succeeded in knocking the ball past his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Now back on level terms, the Blues were taking control of the exchanges and once Reece Buck had made a good save, three minutes later, to beat away a snapshot from the corner of the box, the home side rarely threatened again.
Ricky Light tested the keeper from the edge of the box in the 26th minute and shortly afterwards, Mark Summers was convinced he had earned a penalty when taking a tumble as he cut inside along the dead-ball line.
With half-time beckoning the scores were still level, though, but the deadlock was broken two minutes before the break. Adam Murad fed the ball out to an overlapping Ollie Sharman on the right and his cross to the far post knocked back by Ricky Light to Mark summers who prodded the ball home from five yards out.
Mark almost added a third in first-half injury time when he volleyed Tommy Wade’s flick-on from Ed Taylor’s free kick, wide of the far post.
Down the slope with the wind at their backs, the Blues dominated the second half straight from the restart and within six minutes they had secured the all-important third goal. Tyler Hatherly, on as a half-time substitute, made ground down the left and picked out Mark Summers at the near post for a clinical finish.
The question now appeared to surround how many the Blues might score and it was testament to the home side’s determination and the Blues wastefulness that they only scored two more.
Mark Summers completed his hat-trick just past the hour mark when he headed home after Tyler Hatherly’s delicate chip had come back off the bar via the keeper’s fingertips, and Ed Taylor converted his third penalty in four games after another Tyler Hatherly cross had been handled.
This was an excellent performance from the Blues by a team where, once again, manager Gavin Kelsey had rung the changes to make full use of the strength in depth that he possesses in his talented squad. Brett O’Connor’s impressive debut off the bench emphasises the point.
Team:, Reece Buck, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Dan Ferrigno, Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Adam Murad (Tyler Hatherly 46’), Matt Thomson, Mark Summers, Tommy Wade (Phil Lowen 63’) and Ricky Light (Brett O’Connor 70’).
Subs not used: Dan Palmer & Ben Andreos.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Video © 2016 Nathan Hobley