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The first team made the trip to Wembley FC for the first time in the club's history. On an excellent playing surface, it was the home side who had a couple of early chances to take the lead but they failed to convert and the score remained goalless. We then took advantage of this and Ivan Machedo scored after half an hour played to give us a 1-0 lead. Machedo then doubled his tally after chasing down and blocking the Wembley goalkeeper's clearance to tap home and make it 2-0 at half time. Wembley are a good footballing side but we more than matched them today and played some excellent football throughout. We had chances to extend our lead in the second half, but after a goalless 45 minutes the score remained 2-0 in what was another impressive performance and gave us our fifth consecutive win.
The first team entertained Oxhey Jets in our last midweek game of the season. We took the lead just before half time after an excellent run by Nick Chrystanthou set up Ivan Machedo to make it 1-0 at the break. We doubled our lead early in the second half with a moment of excellence from Jernade Meade who cut in from the right hand side and bent a curling shot into the top corner past the Oxhey Jets keeper to make it 2-0. Oxhey pulled a goal back with a good finish from their striker Lee Armitt, but it was Meade who restored our advantage with a contender for goal of the season, smashing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out, giving the Oxhey keeper no chance. We defended well to see the game out 3-1 and continue our excellent run of recent results.
The first team welcomed the visit of Holmer Green and took all three points following a 2-0 win. We took a 1-0 lead into half time through a well taken Ivan Machedo goal. Although we enjoyed good spells of possession, we left it late to seal the win and it wasn't until the 88th minute that we made it 2-0, with Laste Dombaxe scoring from close range to cap another good performance and another clean sheet to continue our good run of recent form.
The reserves had no game today. The 3rd team beat Croxley Community 2-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Willoughby and Jamie Lever.
The first team beat near neighbours Cockfosters 1-0 thanks to a Laste Dombaxe penalty. We started the game strongly and applied some pressure to the Cockfosters defence from the start, but couldn't find a way past the Cockfosters keeper. The closest we came to scoring was an excellent long range lob from Dave Pigden that looked goalbound, having beaten the Cockfosters keeper, but Pigden's effort went just over the bar and the score remained 0-0. Towards the end of the half, Cockfosters got into the game and had a stronger finish to the half, which ended 0-0. The second half was similar to the first, with us getting on top again and enjoying a lot of possession. However, Cockfosters felt that they could have taken the lead early on in the half, but their appeal for a penalty was not given by the referee. The referee did point to the spot soon after and it was in our favour after a shot hit the hand of a Cockfosters defender. Dave Pigden stepped up to take the penalty against his old team but his effort went wide and the game still remained goalless. We were well on top again by this stage but as has often been the case this season, we didn't capitalise on the pressure that we were creating, and Cockfosters were therefore still in the game. Our visitors then nearly took the lead against the run of play but an outstanding low save by Charlie Mann kept the scores level. We were then awarded a second penalty for a foul on Ivan Machedo, much to the protest of the Cockfosters players and supporters. Laste Dombaxe stepped up to take the penalty, and after scoring and then being asked to re-take for encroachment, Dombaxe calmly slotted the ball home to finally give us a 1-0 lead. We introduced Jamal Baptiste and Shay Khosrowshahi from the bench and then, similar to the first half, Cockfosters got back into the game towards the end of the half. They started to push bodies forward in the search for an equaliser, and we needed to defend well to retain our lead. We saw the game out the get all three points and keep our position in the top half of the table.
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Elsewhere, the reserves lost 2-1 at Oxhey Jets reserves, Chin Prinn-Archer scoring the Hadley goal in that game. A goal from Ryan Willoughby was not enough for the 3rd team as they lost 2-1 at Croxley Community.