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Hoddesdon Town 1 v 3 Hadley
Machedo, Baptiste, Chrysanthou
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The first team travelled to Hoddesdon Town who, although they have been on a bad run of form recently, they did pick up their first win of 2015 last week after beating Berkhamsted 3-2. This was following a change in management and some of their old players returning to the club, so we knew we were in for a tough game. It was Hoddesdon who took the lead after Dan Udoh capitalised on a defensive mix-up to give them a 1-0 lead at half time. We did not let our heads drop and started the second half well, scoring early with a well taken Ivan Machedo finish to make it 1-1. We started to control the possession and doubled our lead through Jamal Baptiste, before a good strike from Nick Chrysanthou from outside the area made the final score 3-1 and a deserved three points following an impressive second half performance.
The first team entertained league leaders Kings Langley in the league. Our visitors took an early lead through Alex Campana and then doubled their lead soon after, Danny Hutchins scoring from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 at half time. Although we battled well and tried to get our passing game going, Kings Langley showed a work rate that could not be faulted, and they applied a lot of pressure all over the pitch. Two second half goals from Mitch Weiss gave them a 4-0 win and although that might have flattered them a bit, they deserved the win on the night and it is clear to see why they are now hot favourites to win the league this year as they are well organised, hard working and have good strikers who will cause a problem for any defence at this level.
The reserves got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Kings Langley reserves. Fergus Morgan finished well to give us a 1-0 lead at half time, before Sean Sanmoogan doubled our lead in the second half. Kings Langley pulled a goal back soon after, and then got the chance to equalise after being awarded a penalty. However, the spot kick and following rebound were both well saved by Tom Le Tissier in goal to keep the score at 2-1 and give us the win.
The first team welcomed the visit of Tring Athletic to Potters Bar in another league match. After a goalless first half that felt a bit like a typical end of season fixture on a hard pitch, we started the second half very well and nearly took the lead through Jernade Meade, but his effort hit the post. We took the lead soon after through an outstanding Laste Dombaxe direct free kick that gave the Tring goalkeeper no chance. We dominated possession in the second half and doubled our lead when Jamal Baptiste bravely slid in with the Tring goalkeeper and won the ball to score from close range. However, after what we thought was going to be a comfortable three points, Tring made a couple of subs and for the last 15 minutes then had their best spell of the game and applied a lot of pressure to our back line, with Charlie Mann pulling off a couple of excellent saves in goal to keep us in the game. However, we held firm to keep the score at 2-1 and claim all three points.
Elsewhere, the reserves drew 0-0 away at Baldock Town reserves and the 3rd team beat Kings Sports 5-1 thanks to goals from Dave Pearce, Kieran Bowskill, Danny Gruar, Ian Kirkwood and Dave O'Sullivan.