Tigers Mauled At The Park
SSML Premier Division
27th of September, 2016
Hertford Town 3 (2) London Tigers 0 (0)
(Light 16′, OG 37′, Lowen 47′)
As the early season SSML league table starts to take shape, it’s becoming more & more clear which teams will be fighting for promotion and which sides will be battling to drop down to Division 1 in the relegation places.
London Colney have started well sitting atop the league table with 8 wins & a single loss from 9 games played. Undefeated, Welwyn Garden City have also started well with 5 wins and 3 draws.
Meanwhile, The Blues have been quietly going about their business performing well with 5 wins from 6 games in the league plus still going well in the FA Vase with 3 games in hand on the early SSML league-leaders.
On Tuesday night under the new floodlights, The Blues faced the bottom side, London Tigers with 117 noisy, expectant fans in attendance. The Gaffa shuffled his pack again ensuring everyone in this exciting squad gets game time now & again to show what they can do with Jay Lovell, Dan Ferrigno & Phil Lowen all returning to the starting 11.
Sam Ruff stepped down with a shoulder injury as did stopper, Jayden Purdue whilst Tyler Hatherly started from the bench again as he slowly works his way back to full fitness following an early season setback.
Hertford Town also welcomed back fans & club favourite, Ini Amaegbe in between the sticks for the away side who was to have an eventful evening… as always & detailed below.
The change in personnel & shape from Saturday’s exciting FA Vase win over Brantham Athletic didn’t show as The Blues took hold of this game from the off with ‘Tigers only occasionally threatening from the odd breakaway now & again.
It didn’t take long to break the deadlock with another quality finish from Ricky Light cutting in from the right wing, beating his markers and powering home on 16mins after great pressing play from Dan Ferrigno winning the ball and setting up Light for his sublime finish for the opening goal.
More pressure from a determined & packed midfield told just 21mins later when Adam Murad closed down the visiting right-back who hurried a back-pass to his ‘keeper who completely missed the clearance and despairingly watched as the ball rolled across the line for 2-0 and a solid half-time lead.
Just 2mins into the 2nd half and The Blues wrapped up the fixture with the 3rd goal of this tie as a quality Adam Murad cross into the box finds Phil Lowen free on the penalty spot with time to place a clinical finish for 3-0.
The Blues were kept from increasing the scoreline following a flurry of substitutions by both sides & by many a point-blank fine save by Ini from the ever industrious Ben Andreos, the ever-effervescent introduction on 61mins, Tyler Hathely, substitute, Mark Summers (twice) & a quality Ed Taylor strike plus some luck from the woodwork on the night.
To sum up… we won, clean sheet, earned the three points, increased our GD and move on to a rare away game at Colney Heath on Saturday at 3pm. Whilst the table-topping U-25’s play at The Park at 3pm.
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Match Report by Col Mason
Video © 2016 Nathan Hobley