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1sts beat Tring 3-1

The 1st team continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 win against Tring Athletic.

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The first team continued their excellent start to the league season with a hard fought 3-1 win against Tring Athletic. As we did at Stotfold on Saturday, we took the lead in the first minute of the game, this time a very good Gustavo Angel-Tamayo free kick hit the cross bar and bounced down on the goal line to sit up for Tanasheh Abrahams to head home and make it 1-0. We were then dealt an early blow when the influential Jernade Meade picked up an injury and was replaced by Tony Sabag. We had a bit of good fortune to double our lead when Kurtis Cumberbatch, making his first start for the club, found himself on the left wing. Cumberbatch cut back on his right foot and slightly overhit his cross which caught the Tring keeper off guard and flew into the top corner to give us a 2-0 lead at half time. Zaine Gangadeen came on and did well in the second half but it was Tanasheh Abrahams who increased our lead, Abrahams continuing his fine run of recent goalscoring form to make it 3-0. Our visitors did not let their heads drop and replied immediately with their substitute Bertie Squires Adams scoring to make it 3-1. Jermeel Jno-Baptiste replaced Mustafa Mutlak late on to give us some fresh legs and we defended well to see the game out and get another three points in another good team performance.
Line-up: Mann, Mutlak (Jno-Baptiste), Abrahams, Milton, Bowen, Lyon, Munroe, Angel-Tamayo, Machedo, Cumberbatch (Gangadeen), Meade (Sabag)
Subs not used: Pigden, Powell-Quarry

The first team got their second 5-0 win of the week after another excellent performance saw us beat Stotfold 5-0. We got the perfect start after Ivan Machedo latched on to a through ball and finished well under pressure from a Stotfold centre back to give us a 1-0 lead within the first minute of the match. After controlling the opening stages, we doubled our lead through a very well taken Tanasheh Abrahams low driven shot that beat the Stotfold keeper to make it 2-0. After a dominant first half, Stotfold's biggest threats came when we lost possession in defence and midfield a couple of times, and on one occasion this lead to a very good save by Charlie Mann in goal, but overall it was a good first half performance that saw us take a 2-0 lead into the break. We extended our lead in the second half after an excellent Jernade Meade cross found Tanasheh Abrahams who volleyed home with another good finish to make it 3-0. Three substitutions followed with Kurtis Cumberbatch replacing Zaine Gangadeen, Jermeel Jno-Baptiste replacing Jernade Meade and Dave Pigden replacing Ivan Machedo. The fresh legs helped as the game had been played in very hot conditions, and we scored two late goals to make the final score 5-0. Tanasheh Abrahams made it 4-0 to get a deserved hat trick for him and Jermeel Jno-Baptiste got the fifth to complete another excellent performance and result.
Line-up: Mann, Mutlak, Abrahams, Milton, Bowen, Lyon, Munroe, Angel-Tamayo, Machedo (Pigden), Gangadeen (Cumberbatch), Meade (Jno-Baptiste)
Subs not used: Williams

The reserves also had a very good result, beating Baldock Town reserves 4-1 thanks to goals from Martin Flannery, Daniel Annoh, Dylan Costello and Jimmy Dillion. The 3rd team lost 4-2 in a friendly against Bushey Sports Club reserves, with Russell Bindley and Steve Weldon scoring the Hadley goals in that match.

The first team had an excellent result in the league, beating near neighbours Colney Heath 5-0. We started very brightly and took an early lead through Laste Dombaxe. An excellent first half performance saw us add to this with goals from Jernade Meade, Ivan Machedo and Zaine Gangadeen giving us a 4-0 lead at half time. Jordan Willmore and Troy Powell-Quarry replaced Mustafa Mutlak and Ivan Machedo at half time, and the second half was not quite as dominant as our visitors defended better and we allowed the pace of the game to drop slightly. We did increase our lead through a Jernade Meade free kick to make the final score 5-0 and overall complete a very good response to Saturday's defeat in the FA Cup. We look to continue this form in the league as we make the trip to Stotfold on Saturday.
Line-up: Mann, Mutlak (Willmore), Abrahams, Milton, Bowen, Lyon (Khosrowshahi), Dombaxe, Angel-Tamayo, Machedo (Powell-Quarry), Gangadeen, Meade
Subs not used: Munroe, Phinn-Archer


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