Blues maintain unbeaten away record
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Saturday 14th January 2017
Hoddesdon Town 0(0) Hertford Town 0(0)
A second successive scoreless draw saw the Blues extend their unbeaten away league record but fail to take full advantage of league leaders London Colney’s game at Sun Sports falling foul to the weather.
A visit to local rivals Hoddesdon Town would, in any circumstances, have presented a difficult challenge but, with the hosts sitting fourth in the table, this occasion promised to be even tougher.
It should have been a spectacle worthy of the large crowd of almost 300 but, disappointingly, it turned out to be a dour and sometimes unedifying encounter. They were only a handful of efforts on goal and far too many stoppages in the game for attention to injuries, some of which appeared far more serious than they eventually turned out to be.
The Blues often looked the more likely to score but it was the hosts who came closest to finding the back of the net. Breaking out of their half during a late period of Blues pressure, the Lilywhites brought out a double save from Blues custodian Jayden Purdue that almost certainly rescued a point for the Blues. Only five minutes of normal time remained when Jayden first made a save with his feet near the edge of his box and then spectacularly tipped the ball over the bar when having to back-peddle at pace for 15 yards or so.
A defeat would have been harsh on the Blues, though, because they been in control for most of the game, forcing a number of corners and free kicks but without making any of them count.
Mark Summers had probably the Blues best chance to score when he was through on goal in the 30th minute but he was denied by a good save from Glen Williamson who shortly afterwards parried to safety a fierce 20-yard drive from Phil Lowen.
In terms of real opportunities, though, there was little else of note and the final result was ultimately probably a fair one. The Blues must now play host to another local derby on Tuesday (17th) when they face a rejuvenated St. Margaretsbury.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Phil Lowen, Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Brett O’Connor, Dan Ferrigno, Mark Summers(Ricky Light 72’), Tommy Wade(Ben Andreos 80’) and Tyler Hatherly(Davy Edmee 86’).
Subs not used: Dan Palmer & Jack Bartlett.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
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