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Bedford 1 v 1 Hadley (AET)
Bedford win 7-6 on penalties
Berkhamsted v Hadley
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The first team travelled to Bedford in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Trophy, our hosts are challenging for the Spartan South Midlands Division One title and are currently second in the league. We started well and had a good chance to take an early lead after Laste Dombaxe squared the ball to Ivan Machedo at close range but Machedo did not manage to connect well with the shot and his effort went wide. Bedford took the lead after about 10 minutes when we gave away a foul in our half and Craig Grieve headed home from the resulting free kick to make it 1-0. We did not take long to draw level as three minutes later some good link up play between Ivan Machedo and Jernade Meade allowed Meade to finish well and make the score 1-1. Machedo then had a good chance for us to make it 2-1 but his effort was saved by the Bedford keeper. We played well in the first half with some good passing moves but our opponents were well organised and solid defensively and we went into half time at 1-1. Bedford got more into the game in the second half and started to test our backline more. However, neither side could break the deadlock and after 90 minutes the score remained 1-1 and we went into Extra Time. Bedford had a man sent off early into Extra Time, and although this gave us a bit more space to play, we could not find a way past the impressive Bedford defence. Extra Time could not separate the two sides and the game went to penalties which Bedford eventually won 7-6 to book their place in the semi final with a home tie against Kings Langley.
Line-up: Mann, Bishop, Abrahams, Milton, Lyon, Sabag, Dombaxe (Petrucci), Chrysanthou, Machedo (Nicolas), Baptiste (Pigden), Meade
Subs not used: McAteer, Flannery
The first team match at St Margaretsbury was postponed by the match referee after everybody had arrived at the ground as the pitch was not playable. The reserves had no game today. The 3rd team beat Tring Athletic 'A' 2-1 thanks to goals from Dave O' Sullivan and George Mabey.
The first team travelled to near neighbours Cockfosters and came back with all three points following another good performance and a 4-0 win. There were some familiar faces in the Cockfosters ranks with Paul Surridge in the dugout and six players in the Cockfosters squad having all played for Hadley at some point in recent years. We took the lead very early on when Laste Dombaxe finished inside the area from a cross out wide. Cockfosters suffered another blow shortly after when their striker Fraser John was forced off through injury. Both sides were trying to adjust to a difficult playing surface but still some good football was played. Cockfosters did find the back of our net towards the end of the first half but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Louis Bowen. Soon after, they had their best chance to equalise after being awarded a penalty, although there was a big shout for handball by a Cockfosters player just before the penalty was awarded. However, we kept our lead after goalkeeper Charlie Mann saved Dan Millard's effort to give us the 1-0 lead at half time. We started the second half perfectly and had doubled our lead within a minute, Ivan Machedo scoring to make it 2-0. Three minutes later Machedo then scored his second of the game with a clever close range finish after good work on the wing by Jamal Baptiste. We got well on top in the second half, keeping possession well and not allowing our hosts any clear goalscoring opportunities. With about 10 minutes remaining, Ivan Machedo sealed the win by deservedly getting a hat trick with another good finish to make the final score 4-0 in another good team performance.
Line-up: Mann, Bishop (McAteer), Abrahams, Milton, Bowen, Sabag, Dombaxe (Petrucci), Chrysanthou, Machedo, Baptiste (Flannery), Meade
Subs not used: Lyon, Murray