Blues close the gap at the top
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Hertford Town 4(2) St Margaretsbury 0(0)
(Lovell 7’, Summers 19’, 50’, Wade 82’)
This emphatic victory over neighbours St. Margaretsbury and the FA’s decision to reinstate the Blues’ 4-1 win against Wembley back in August, moved the Blues up into the league’s second place, only two points behind long-time leaders, London Colney.
Having just come through two 0-0 draws against two of their promotion rivals, the Blues will have no doubt have been looking to get an early goal to settle their nerves. And, after a very positive start, they found it in only the seventh minute. Tyler Hatherley’s corner from the right was met by the head of Jay Lovell and the Blues had a lead that they never looked likely to give up.
They laid siege to the visitor’s goal and saw chances fall to Ollie Sharman, Phil Lowen and Mark Summers before the latter doubled the Blues’ advantage in the 19th minute. Running onto Jayden Purdue’s long kick downfield, Mark clinically fired the ball home past the advancing keeper.
The Blues were dominant and should probably added to their tally before the break. The Saints’ goal led a charmed life with Ed Taylor, Mark Summers, Tommy Wade, Brett O;Connor and Tyler Hatherly all going close on a number of occasions, but there were no further goals and the Blues went into the break still only two goals to the good.
Technically, the result was in the balance but any lingering doubts were soon dispelled when Mark Summers added his second – and the Blues’ third = early in the second half. Tommy Wade provided the assist and Mark did the rest, driving low past the Saints’ custodian from 15 yards.
The visitors briefly threatened a comeback when former Blue, Ryan Wade, brought a good save from Jayden Purdue from a 25-yard free kick in the 56th minute. Soon after, though, the Blues were back on the attack and Ricky Light had a shot cleared off the line and Mark Summers shot wide after very good build-up play from Brett O’Connor and Phil Lowen.
Believing they had the game won the Blues then ‘took their foot off the pedal’ and allowed the Saints back into the game, allowing them a headed chance their game up again and added a fourth with eight minutes of normal time remaining. This time it was Tommy Wade who added his name to the scoresheet; a deserved reward for a fine performance. Brett O;Connor was the provider with a clever reverse pass setting up Tommy for a neat finish from ten yards.
Substitute Davy Edmee had a lively final ten minutes in which he caused lots of problems for the beleaguered Saints defence and almost set up a fifth for Tommy Wade after combining well with Ben Andreos.
Next up for the Blues is a trip to London Tigers on Saturday. The Tigers, despite their lowly league status have enjoyed a good spell good spell recently and will almost certainly provide a stiff test for the Blues.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Phil Lowen(Dan Ferrigno 63’), Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Brett O’Connor, Ricky Light, Mark Summers (Ben Andreos 75’), Tommy Wade and Tyler Hatherly(Davy Edmee 82’).
Sub not used: Dan Palmer & Jack Bartlett.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Photos © 2017 Dan Sinclair
Videos © 2017 Nathan Hobley