Dan’s double sinks Saints
Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy 1st Round
Tuesday 25th October 2016
St Margaretsbury 0(0) Hertford Town 4(1)
Two superb goals – one in each half – helped the Blues overcome local rivals St Margaretsbury in this League Challenge Trophy 1st Round tie. The final four-goal margin did not flatter the Blues and manager Gavin Kelsey will be especially pleased that he was able to rest four regulars, Glenn Draper, Matt Thomson, Mark Summers and Tommy Wade, although the latter came off the bench to score the vital second goal.
After a couple of disappointing results, the Blues came out for this contest with a refreshingly positive attitude. They went on the attack from the first whistle and had it not been for a series of fine saves from the home custodian, the Blues might have had two or three goals by the time that they took a 22nd minute lead. Ben Andreos, Ricky Light and Brett O’Connor all had decent shots saved and Jack Bartlett’s downward header from a corner bounced over the bar before Dan Ferrigno opened the scoring with a stunning left-foot volley from the left-hand corner of the penalty area.
The Blues continued to press forward but further efforts from Brett O’Connor, Jack Bartlett and Jay Lovell were all saved and so, by half-time, the Blues still only had a single goal to show for what had been an excellent half of football.
The second half carried on in much the same vane as the first by the all-important second goal was still proving to be elusive. That was until Tommy Wade was brought off the bench with a quarter of an hour remaining and within a minute he had scored. Rising unmarked to head home Tyler Hatherly’s cross, Tommy found the top corner of the goal and effectively put the game out of the Saints’ reach.
Further fine saves from the home custodian thwarted first Ollie Sharman and then Brett O’Connor but the pressure was beginning to tell and two further goals arrived in the final five minutes. Phil Lowen converted Adam Murad’s cross from the edge of the six-yard box and then Dan Ferrigno fired a free kick into the top corner of the net from fully 25 yards out.
This spectacular strike rounded off a satisfying performance, earning the Blues a local derby home tie against Hoddesdon Town in the second round of the competition.
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Phil Lowen, Jack Bartlett, Jay Lovell, Brett O’Connor, Dan Ferrigno, Ben Andreos (Tommy Wade 74’), Ricky Light (Joe Othen-Price 84’) and Tyler Hatherly (Adam Murad 78’).
Sub not used: Jonah Evans & Mark Summers.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Video © 2016 Nathan Hobley