Ashwood penalty wins Colney derby for Heath

COLNEY Heath triumphed in their derby clash at London Colney on Tuesday night.

London Colney had the ball in the net in the opening period only for Craig Knightley’s effort to be ruled out for offside.

Matt Newman had a couple of chances for the Blueboys, but could not find the back of the net.

The Magpies made the breakthrough on the half hour mark.

London Colney’s defence tried to clear and the ball hit Jason Williams as he closed in and it rebounded into the bottom corner for the opening goal.

Great work by McDonald created a superb opportunity for Williams soon after but his drive slammed against the bar and was cleared to safety.

The rain started to get harder, making the playing conditions difficult.

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Mark Whittamore in the home goal had to get down sharply to his right to deny Ross Gilbert and then had to react sharply to keep out Thomson as the Magpies looked to increase the slender advantage.

The Blueboys equalised on 72 minutes as Josh Galloway got free from the shackles of the Magpies centre backs and he hit a fierce shot from 20 yards, which flew into the top corner past keeper Tom Blackman.

The Magpies regained the lead from the penalty spot after Kevin Ashwood was brought down in the area as he went directly for goal.

Ashwood picked up the ball and sent Whittamore the wrong way.

The atrocious weather conditions made the pitch very tricky to play on, it appeared to be a subsidiary of Hurricane Sandy, but that didn’t stop both teams from trying to play a passing game.

Late on, the Blueboys had a penalty appeal for handball turned down by the referee, who waved play on, from which the Magpies stormed up into the opposing half and once again, Whitamore made a fine save from Jamie Eames.

The final whistle ended the wet proceedings with the Magpies leaving with the three points.