3 v 2
Tuesday 26th August 2014
The first team travelled to Harefield United and came back on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline. Goals from Chennels and Egan had given Harefield a 2-0 lead after about 20 minutes, but a well worked free kick finished by Dom Petrucci and then another Petrucci goal from a direct free kick brought the scores level during the first half. However, Harefield restored their lead soon after, with Chennels scoring his second of the game to make it 3-2 at half time. We created some chances in the second half and also had a good penalty appeal turned down, but Harefield held on to take all three points and left us still looking to get off the mark in this league campaign.
Saturday 23rd August 2014
The first team returned to league action with a trip to Tring Athletic. We found ourselves 2-0 down within 15 minutes following goals from Ollie Butler and Stewart King. We slowly got into the game and then made two changes at half time, with Ivan Machedo and Alan Murray coming on. However, it was the home side who got the all important next goal, Chris Vardy making it 3-0 with about 15 minutes remaining. We did pull a goal back on 85 minutes with a good finish from Kieran Smith but it was too late and Tring claimed all three points with a 3-1 win.
Team: Mann, Macateer (Machedo), Bishop, Milton, Flannery, Milham (Murray), Khosrowshahi, Chrysanthou, Petrucci, Luck, Smith
Subs not used: Beels, Robinson, Nicolas
Wednesday 20th August 2014
The first team hosted Welwyn Garden City in the replay of the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round after the two sides drew 1-1 on Saturday. With Tony Sabag and Nathan Munroe both missing from Saturday's line-up through injury, Martin Flannery and Wayne Shomade both started. Ben Luck also came in for his first start of the season, with Ivan Machedo taking a place on the bench, and Tom Le Tissier started in goal in place of Charlie Mann. Our visitors took an early lead when centre back Jack Dekanski seemed to be unmarked from a set piece and headed home to make it 1-0. We then got into the game and created a few good chances but could not find a way past the Welwyn keeper. Towards the end of the half, Dekanski doubled his tally with a similar goal from another set piece, although the free kick did look harsh as Tom Milton appeared to play the ball. Finding ourselves 2-0 at half time, some early substitutions were made with Dave Pigden and Tariq Turay coming on. We applied pressure to the Welwyn defence and pulled a goal back with a good strike from Dan Macateer from outside the area. We continued to push forward, although Welwyn also looked dangerous on the counter attack, but we could not find the equaliser and the Welwyn keeper was in good form. The Welwyn defence held firm to book their place in the next round.
Team: Le Tissier, Macateer, Khosrowshahi, Milton, Shomade (Pigden), Flannery, Milham (Turay), Chrysanthou, Petrucci, Smith, Luck
Subs not used: Mann, Bishop, Machedo