Blues in dramatic comeback
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Tuesday 28th February 2017
London Tigers 2(1) Hertford Town 3(0)
(Lowen 57’, 83’, Wade 62’)
On a night when long-time league leaders London Colney dropped two points at home, the Blues staged a dramatic comeback to secure three more valuable points against an in-form London Tigers.
Two goals from Phil Lowen helped claim a victory for the Blues after they had found themselves two goals to nil behind with the best part of an hour having elapsed. Sandwiched between his two strikes was an equaliser from the Blues’ leading scorer, Tommy Wade, who took his season’s total to eighteen.
With the Tigers’ home ground unavailable due to vandalism, this game was played at Hertingfordbury Park and threatened to follow the pattern of the three home defeats that the Blues have suffered during this campaign. A bright start, which failed to produce a goal, was followed by a breakaway goal in the 15th minute and a second early in the second half.
In between these goals, the Blues had produced some outstanding attacking football but, despite them creating a number of good chances, a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping denied them a route back into the game. A defeat would have seen the Blues fall further behind in their title challenge and it was therefore vital for their prospects that they recover from their situation in the last half-hour or so of the game.
They did so in style! They literally ran their opponents off their feet and fully deserved the excellent win that came their way.
Phil Lowen scored the all-important opening goal when he created space in the area to move onto a perfectly weighted defence-splitting pass from Sam Ruff and sweep the ball home. This was in the 57th minute and only three minutes later Phil almost found an equaliser with a fierce strike that was tipped over the bar at the expense of a corner.
The pressure was now relentless and two minutes later it was Tommy Wade who levelled the scores when he bundled the ball home from a Tyler Hatherly corner. The Tigers were now no longer a threat and it seemed only a matter of time before the Blues would find a winning goal. Brett O’Connor had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside and both Phil Lowen and Tyler Hatherly went close with good efforts that brought with them a succession of corners.
The goal did come, though, when Phil Lowen received the ball from Dan Ferrigno on the right-hand side of the penalty area, turned past his marker and tucked the ball neatly inside the near post.
The comeback was complete and with it the Blues closed the gap at the top to six points with the Blues having a game in hand. Weather permitting, they will next host Leverstock Green on Saturday 4th March on the club’s annual Fans’ Day.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Matt Thomson, Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Brett O’Connor, Phil Lowen, Sam Ruff(Dan Ferrigno 79’), Tommy Wade(Ben Andreos 79’), and Tyler Hatherly(Connor Scully 85’).
Sub not used: Jack Bartlett & Ricky Light.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Video © 2017 Nathan Hobley