3 v 0
Saturday 6th September 2014
The first team got their first three points of the season with a good 3-0 win at home against Ampthill Town. With Alan Murray failing a fitness test before the game, we were also missing Martin Flannery, Nathan Munroe and Ivan Machedo from the starting eleven that beat Hillingdon Borough in the Premier Division Cup during the week. We welcomed Chris Beels, Nick Chrysanthou, Daryl Milham and Dave Pigden into the team. It was Dave Pigden who got us off the mark, scoring from close range to add to his two midweek goals and give us a 1-0 lead. Another midweek goalscorer, Ben Luck, then made it 2-0 before half time in a good first half performance. We could have extended our lead in the second half with Dom Petrucci missing a penalty after Kieran Smith was fouled in the box, and Dave Pigden hitting the post. Ampthill were then reduced to 10 men after their centre back was sent off for a second bookable offence, and it wasn't until deep into injury time that we did get the third goal with full back Dan Bishop scoring his first goal for the club to make the final score 3-0 and give us an important three points. We now have no fixture until 20th September when we entertain league newcomers Wembley FC.
Line-up: Mann, Bishop, Khosrowshahi, Milton, Beels, Milham, Chrysanthou, Smith (Sidoli), Pidgen (Macateer), Petrucci, Luck (Adedoja)
Subs not used: Le Tissier, Murray
The reserves also got their first league win of the season, beating Wodson Park reserves 3-2 thanks to a hat trick from Jeff Okirie. Elsewhere, two goals from Ade Osubu had given the 3rd team a 2-0 half-time lead against Abbotts Langley in the first league game of the season, but a poor second half performance saw the home side come back and win 5-2.
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
The first team got their first win of the season after beating Hillingdon Borough 4-3 in the first round of the Dudley Latham Memorial Premier Division Cup. We started perfectly and took an early lead through Shay Khosrowshahi after the left back travelled down the left wing and cut inside to score from outside the penalty area past the Hillingdon keeper. We doubled our lead soon after with a good cross from Nathan Munroe headed home by Ben Luck from close range to make it 2-0. However, Hillingdon pulled a goal back shortly after to make the score 2-1 at half time. Dave Pigden came on for Kieran Smith at half time, but it was the home side who started the second half brightly and Hillingdon found themselves ahead within a short space of time after two defensive mix-ups allowed them to score twice and take a 3-2 lead. It was substitute Pigden who then drew the scores level again after beating a defender inside the area at smashing the ball into the top corner to give the Hillingdon keeper no chance. Soon after, Pidgen had doubled his tally and we had restored our lead with a well taken close range finish after being set up by Dom Petrucci. Both sides continued to attack but our defence held firm to get the 4-3 win and we booked a place in the next round with a home tie against Sun Sports.
Line-up: Mann, Bishop, Khosrowshahi, Flannery, Milton, Munroe, Machedo (Milham), Murray, Petrucci, Smith (Pigden), Luck
Subs not used: Beels, Macateer, Le Tissier