Blues draw a blank
Spartan South Midlans League Premier Division
Tuesday 18th October 2016
Edgware Town 0(0) Hertford Town 0(0)
If it had been Edgware’s intention to set their stall out to achieve a goalless draw from the very start of this match, they were certainly left with little alternative once they had been reduced to ten men with the sending-off of Glen Parry with only half an hour gone.
Such was the Blues’ domination from that point onwards that the home side barely crossed the half-way line for the remainder of the match. Nevertheless for that, the Blues found it very difficult to find a way through a very well-drilled home defence and clear-cut chances were few and far between.
The story might have been very different had Ed Taylor converted a 34th minute penalty, but he mishit his kick and then headed the rebound over the bar. Desperate to make amends, Ed then saw his firm header from Brett O’Connor’s free kick well-saved only four minutes later, and then drove wide of the target when overlapping on to a Mark Summers dummy five minutes before the break.
The second half was spent almost entirely in the home half, with the Blues enjoying the vast majority of the possession. Despite that, however, the half contained very little of note with a close-range effort from Glenn Draper being the closest thing to a goal. It was saved, though, and the Blues were left reflecting on two points dropped against a team that had defended very well but shown little ambition to attack.
The Blues will now be looking to get back to winning ways when they visit Essex Senior League club, Wadham Lodge, in the FA Vase on Sunday.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Phil Lowen (Ricky Light 75’), Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Adam Murad (Lee Roberts 67’), Matt Thomson, Mark Summers Ben Andreos 81’), Tommy Wade and Brett O’Connor
Sub not used: Dan Palmer.
Match Report by Ray Greenall