Chances go begging

PUBLISHED: 10:22 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 06 May 2010

Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division London Colney 1 Kings Langley 1 LONDON Colney picked up a valuable point with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Kings Langley on Saturday but it could have been more if they had taken all their chanc

Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

London Colney 1

Kings Langley 1

LONDON Colney picked up a valuable point with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Kings Langley on Saturday but it could have been more if they had taken all their chances.

Anthony Ladyman made a welcome return in goal and Paul Danslow was back after missing Tuesday's match with Ampthill.

Early on, Corran nearly found Gallagher with a good ball but Langley 'keeper Kevin Marsh was quick off his line to smother the ball, then Gallagher had a shot blocked and Barker drove the rebound home, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Colney went ahead in the seventh minute when Shaw played a free kick to Sam Mitchell who found Dean Barker. He turned his marker and drove the ball low past Marsh into the bottom left-hand corner.

Kings Langley equalised four minutes later when Jack Johnson played a free kick into the box and Lewis Pritchard was allowed plenty of time and space to hook the ball past Ladyman.

Colney tried to hit back, with a Paradise shot earning a corner and then Shaw seeing his header blocked on the line. The same thing happened from a Gallagher corner while Danslow, Mitchell and Corran all had good runs stopped. Tom Dickie did well to clear a dangerous cross at the other end under pressure.

A good ball into the box from Paradise saw Marsh collide with two of his defenders and as the ball ran loose, Barker was quick to pounce but the referee blew for an infringement.

On the stroke of half time, the Blueboys won a penalty when Danslow was blocked in the box. Greg Shaw stepped up to take the kick but drove it well over the bar.

In the second half, Ladyman saved a low drive from Walker and then blocked a Dan Tomkins effort with his legs. Colney tried to hit back with Gallagher going close and then Mitchell having his shot saved. Then a Gallagher corner found Paradise but he shot well wide.

Barker saw two more chances go astray and then Danslow had a fine 20-yard strike saved by Marsh. A neat ball from Humbert then found Mitchell in the box but his touch let him down. Langley then had a couple of chances before Mitchell saw a header go just wide. Finally a Danslow free kick curled round the wall but Marsh just managed to keep it out.

London Colney: Ladyman, Paradise, McCafferty, Dickie, Humbert, Shaw, Mitchell, Simmonds, Danslow, Barker (Seabrook), Gallagher. Unused subs: Benning, Beschizza, Corran, C. Davey.

l The Reserves lost 4-1 at Leverstock Green after having Craig White, Aaron Ames and Sebastian Thomas all sent off. They were reduced to ten men at half time and a goal down but equalised two minutes into the second half through an Aaron Woodcock penalty. Then, after the next two dismissals, Leverstock Green took control to run out easy winners.

London Colney Reserves: Soulard, Townsend, M. Corran, Ryan, Harkness, Butcher, Ames, Woodcok, Thomas, White, Jaravaza.

l The A team turned in another sound performance with a 3-1 win against Welwyn Garden City Reserves. Scorers were Haydn Connell, Richard Williams and Tom Henshall while Richard Seymour made a vital goal-line clearance and Man of the Match was Yasin Boodhoo.

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