Saturday 8th March 2014
The first team hosted near neighbours Cockfosters in the Second Round of the Challenge Trophy. A debatable penalty was awarded to Cockfosters after about half an hour, which was duly converted to give our visitors a 1-0 lead. They doubled their lead soon after to make it 2-0 at half time. We had a very good penalty appeal ourselves in the second half, which would have got us back into the game, but this was not given. Totally out of character for us, we had six players booked and Tobi Omotosho sent off in a game where there was not a problem between the two sides who were both trying to get on with the game. Overall, a day to forget, but good luck to Cockfosters in the next round.
The reserves made the short journey to London Lions reserves, and came back on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Tinoi Christie scored our goal in that game. The 3rd team had an excellent result, beating Berkhamsted Sports 1-0 in the semi final of the Herts Junior Cup. Our visitors missed a penalty in the first half, and a late Rob Harris header sealed the win for us and booked a place in the final against Long Marston FC. The 4th team also had a good result with goals from Dan Taylor and a Bertie Shelley penalty sealing a 2-0 win over Hemel Hempstead Reserves.
Tuesday 4th March 2014
The first team travelled to Hillingdon Borough, a team who beat us 5-1 at home in the league earlier in the season, although we did beat them 2-1 away in the FA Vase just prior to that league match. We started well and began to test the Hillingdon defence early on, creating a few chances, but we could not break the deadlock. As it looked like we would go into half time goalless, a fantastic long run from Hillingdon striker Rob Laney beat a few of our defenders, and he then passed to Brandon Kalu who tapped the ball home from close range to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Within minutes, we found ourselves 2-0 down and then 3-0 down as Laney had scored two goals in stoppage time, and we went into half time with our heads down after an awful end to the first half. The response to this was good, and Jordan Watson pulled a goal back with a good finish from inside the area within minutes of the start of the second half. After an hour played, we had reduced the deficit further when reserve team top goalscorer Tobi Omotosho scored his first goal for the first team to make it 3-2. The comeback looked on, and we continued to attack, but the Hillingdon defence held firm. As the minutes ticked by, it looked more likely that the home side would take all three points, and this was confirmed when striker Rob Laney got his hat trick late on to restore Hillingdon's two goal cushion and make the final score 4-2.
Saturday 1st March 2014
The first team travelled to Biggleswade United, having played them twice at home already this season, winning 3-1 in the FA Vase and drawing 1-1 in the league. With seven players missing from the squad that played Ampthill in midweek, due to a combination of injuries and unavailability, the squad looked thin. Despite that, the starting team looked more than capable of getting a result with Tony Sabag, Liam Magwood, Mark Dawson, Colin Metivier and Ivan Machedo all returning to the starting line-up. By all accounts, Biggleswade were also missing some players, so it looked like the result could go either way. We started well but unfortunately found ourselves behind after 15 minutes after a Biggleswade cross was put into our net by defender Mark Dawson. We responded well to the set back and created a few good chances to get back into the game with Liam Magwood, Jordan Watson and Ivan Machedo causing problems for the Biggleswade defence. We could not find a way past the Biggleswade keeper and went into half time 1-0 down. We started the second half perfectly and had equalised within a minute of the restart. Good work by Jordan Watson out wide saw him cross the ball for Shane Bambridge to finish from close range and bring the scores level. The game opened up even more in the second half and although we had some really good chances to get the win, Biggleswade also had spells of pressure. In the end, neither side could break the deadlock and the points were shared in what was probably a fair result overall.
The reserves travelled to AFC Dunstable and came back on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline. Tinoi Christie scored our goal in a game that we played 70 minutes with 10 men after a sending off in the first half. The 3rd team progressed to the next round of the West Herts Senior Charity Cup with a 6-1 win over Oxhey Jets 'A'. Jamie Lever scored late in the first half to give us a 1-0 lead at half time. Second half goals from Dave Pearce, Dan Gruar, Richie Dempsey, James Welch and Ian Kirkwood sealed the win. In the West Herts Junior Charity Cup, a good performance saw the 4th team unlucky to lose away at Vicarage Celtic. A Kieran Bowskill goal saw the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, before a penalty late in Extra Time was converted by the home side to give them the win.
Wednesday 26th February 2014
The first team welcomed FA Vase Quarter Finalists Ampthill Town for a league match. Danny Watson gave Ampthill the lead before Christian Lester finished a well worked move to make it 2-0 at the break. Lester and Mark Bunker added further goals to make the final score 4-0 to Ampthill and another three points for them in their push for the league title. Elsewhere, the reserves shared the points in a 0-0 draw at near neighbours Cockfosters.