Blues draw a blank
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Saturday 7th January 2017
Wembley 0(0) Hertford Town 0(0)
The Blues slipped to third place after this highly-charged goalless draw at fifth-placed Wembley but they maintained their unbeaten away league record and will probably reflect upon it as a point well-earned.
The Blues had their chances to win the game but they also had to be thankful to their keeper, Jayden Purdue, for an outstanding fingertip save when only ten minutes remained.
From the opening minutes it was apparent that the hosts were intent upon trying to stop the Blues from playing their normal game and, despite some fairly tolerant refereeing, they finished the game with six bookings and a sending-off. The Blues, though, were not without fault, picking up three yellow cards of their own and having Dan Ferrigno shown a straight red card with more than half an hour remaining.
Going down to ten men in such a tightly-contested game put the Blues at a distinct disadvantage and severely reduced their chances of securing the victory that, for the most part, they had looked favourites to pull off. They adjusted very well, however, and continued to compete as if on level terms numerically.
Their prospects improved with a quarter of an hour remaining when the home side were also reduced to ten men and from the point, soon after, when Jayden made his save, the Blues bossed the final ten minutes or so and came within a whisker of snatching all three points. Only an outstandingly committed block prevented Tommy Wade from scoring when it appeared he had the goal at his mercy.
The Blues had much the better of the first half, kicking down the slight slope and putting considerable pressure on the hosts and forcing a succession of corners that threatened but were well-defended and ultimately came to nothing. Perhaps the most significant incident of the first forty-five occurred in the 30th minute when Phil Lowen beat the off-side trap and was through on goal only to be ‘taken out’ by the goalkeeper who came into contact with him outside the area. Ben Andreos’ follow-up effort was cleared off the line and the keeper only punished with a booking.
Despite having three games in hand on the teams around them, the Blues must go another week without a midweek game and will next travel to local rivals, Hoddesdon Town on Saturday 14th.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Matt Thomson, Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Brett O’Connor, Dan Ferrigno, Phil Lowen(Ricky Light 81’), Ben Andreos(Tommy Wade 60’) and Tyler Hatherly.
Sub not used: Dan Palmer, Adam Murad & Mark Summers.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
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