The Blues make sure of second spot
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Broxbourne Borough 0(0) Hertford Town 5(2)
With Cockfosters only able to draw at Edgware, this emphatic victory ensured that the Blues will finish as runners-up in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. First goals of the season for three players, Glenn Draper, Connor Scully and Matt Thomson, and further goals from leading scorer, Tommy Wade, and Ricky Light, completed a five-goal hammering of the already relegated Broxbourne Borough.
It wasn’t all plain-sailing for the Blues, though, because they took a while to come to terms with the hard surface and overcome to hard-running of their opponents. Twenty-five minutes had elapsed before the Blues created a real scoring opportunity but, although Tommy Wade was denied by a fine save when he looked certain to score, the hosts’ resistance was effectively broken and the opening goal arrived less than ten minutes later.
Matt Thomson swung in a dangerous corner which the Borough keeper got a fist to but the ball was only cleared to the edge of the box where Jay Lovell delivered it back into the six-yard area where Glenn Draper rose highest to head home.
One goal became two in the 39th minute when Phil Lowen headed on Jay Lovell’s long throw from the right and Ricky Light pounced at the far post to head home.
The second half was dominated by the Blues with a third goal arriving seven minutes in, when another long throw from Jay Lovell – this time from the left – found Tommy Wade’s head at the near post and he did the rest.
Less than an hour had been played when Connor Scully broke his duck for the club – and he did it in style. Picking up a cross-field ball from Ricky Light, Connor cut inside from the right and hit a ‘screamer’ into the top corner of the goal from outside the box.
The fifth and final goal was another first for the Blues, Matt Thomson volleying home after Tommy Wade had headed down another Jay Lovell long throw.
News of the Cockfosters result soon filtered through and the Blues’ second place was confirmed with a game remaining. That game will be played at Berkhamsted on Saturday 29th April and will bring the curtain down on a relatively successful season for manager Gavin Kelsey and his charges.
Team: Jamie Jackson, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Matt Thomson, Glenn Draper, Jay Lovell, Connor Scully(Brett O’Connor 61’), Phil Lowen(Tyler Hatherly 68’), Dan Ferrigno, Tommy Wade(Jonah Evans 80’) and Ricky Light.
Subs not used: Dan Palmer and Mark Summers.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Video © 2017 Nathan Hobley