Saturday 7th December 2013
The first team travelled to London Colney and came back on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. Jimmy Hartley scored a goal in each half to give the home side all three points. The reserves progressed to the next round of the Reserve Challenge Trophy with a 4-1 win against Biggleswade United reserves. After being 1-0 down at half time, second half goals from Ian Kirkwood, Dan Quattromini, Ben Strange and Daniel Bourne secured the win.
In the West Herts League, the 3rd team shared the points in a 3-3 draw with league leaders Maple Cross. Danny Gruar gave us the lead before the home side scored to make it 1-1 at half time. Bash Elsawahli restored our lead with 15 minutes to go, before two quick goals from Maple Cross gave them a 3-2 lead. Robert Harris then scored in injury time to make the final score 3-3 and give us a deserved point. The 4th team West Herts Junior Cup game was postponed as Harpenden Rovers reserves could not raise a team.
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
The first team entertained Watford in Round 1 of the Herts Senior Cup. We started well and both teams were looking to get the ball down and keep possession. It was our visitors who took the lead after about 35 minutes when Watford's captain Luke O'Nien beat a couple of players and scored from the edge of the area to make it 1-0. We started the second half well and nearly equalised early on but Watford managed to clear the ball off of the line. Colin Metivier also had a good chance after arriving late in the box, but his effort went over the bar. It was Watford who got the next goal to double their lead. Bernard Mensah, who made his first team debut in the recent Championship match against Bolton, headed past Russell Garland to make the score 2-0. Aaron Crockett, Matt Hudson and Toby Omotosho were all introduced from the bench, and Omotosho almost had an immediate impact after getting in behind the Watford defence but his shot was saved by the Watford keeper. Our visitors defended well for the rest of the game to seal the win and book a place in the next round against Potters Bar Town.
Saturday 30th November 2013
The first team shared the points in a 2-2 draw with Hoddesdon Town. Tom Massey and Jamie Smith both made their debuts, centre back Massey is a recent signing from Hatfield Town, while centre forward Smith (brother of Charlie) has been playing at Ware FC. After a goalless first half, it was our visitors who took the lead after an hour, Louis Bowen making it 1-0. Hoddesdon doubled their lead about 5 minutes later with Adam Bolle scoring to make it 2-0. We did not give up though and kept trying to attack the Hoddesdon defence. We got our rewards when Jamie Smith scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1. We kept pushing for the equaliser and got it with an excellent Jordan Watson finish. We even had a few chances to take all three points, with a Jordan Watson effort saved from about 6 yards out, and a couple of really good crosses from the right wing that nobody could get on the end of. The game had become more open at this stage, and Hoddesdon also tested our back line late on, but neither team could get the winning goal and the points were shared in what was probably a fair result overall.
The reserves travelled to league leaders Hoddesdon Town reserves and came back on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. After going 2-0 down, we pulled a goal back through Michael Wood. We then had a chance to draw level after we were awarded a penalty, but we could not convert and the game finished 2-1. In Herts Junior Cup action, a good strike from Dave Pearce saw the 3rd team beat Mangrove 1-0. Also in that cup, the 4th team had a good result, beating Evergreen reserves 3-0.
Wednesday 27th November 2013
In the Premier Division Cup, the first team entertained Leverstock Green who have undergone a change of management recently and have also signed a number of new players. We started well and took the lead after 20 minutes with a well taken Ivan Machedo goal. We had the chance to double our lead just before half time when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Jordan Watson. Watson stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort rebounded off the post and went wide to leave the score at 1-0 at half time. At the start of the second half we were awarded our second penalty of the match, this time for a foul on Colin Metivier. Ivan Machedo took this penalty, having recently scored two penalties in the away match at London Tigers, but this time his shot went over the bar, and we still could not increase our lead. It was from open play that we scored our second goal, with Colin Metivier beating the Leverstock keeper to make it 2-0. Leverstock pulled a goal back almost immediately, and soon after scored a second to bring the scores level. The score remained at 2-2 after 90 minutes, so Extra Time was played. After a goalless first half of Extra Time, Aaron Crockett gave us a 3-2 lead with a good strike into the top corner, before a late Jordan Watson goal sealed the win and booked us a place in the next round against either Hanwell Town or Ampthill Town.