Blueboys deliver first class display against Postal
Ryan Thompson’s side get back on the winning trail
SSML Division One
London Colney 4
Sun Postal Sports 0
LONDON Colney bounced back from last week’s below par display against King Langley by welcoming the New Year with another three points, this time against Sun Postal Sports.
Colney, who welcomed back former Cotlandswick favourite Greg Deacon to their ranks, took just two minutes to net their first goal of 2012 when Craig Knightley cut inside the box and drove the ball past Ben Clark.
Four minutes later it was 2-0 as ace marksman Matt Newman took advantage of some lax marking to smash the ball into the roof of the net following Jimmy Warner’s precise pass.
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Ryan Thompson was able to call upon the services of Mark Whittamore in goal following a spell on the sideline through injury and the Blueboys’ No.1 produced a fine stop to deny Dom David a goal.
The Blueboys continued to threaten their visitors’ goal with Matt Sutton and Warner both going close to adding their name to the scoresheet.
More clever link up play between Warner and Newman presented the latter with a good sight of goal but the former Park Street forward shot inches wide of the far post.
Knightley was proving an influential figure in midfield and he found Newman with only the ‘keeper to beat but Clark foiled the Colney forward.
Knightley could have doubled his personal tally when he was presented with a golden opportunity just before the break but the midfielder blazed over the bar.
David looked the most likely to score for the visitors but spurned a good opportunity to reduce the arrears early in the second half when he left the Blueboys defence in his wake but shot wide of Whittamore’s left hand upright.
The home side made the most of that close call by putting the game to bed with a third goal.
Again Knightley was involved, surging into the penalty area before squaring the ball to Newman to run onto and drill the ball past Clark.
Newman was denied a hat-trick by a fine fingertip save from Clark but the Blueboys did add a fourth goal when Newman turned provider, sending Warner clear of the visiting defence and the striker calmly lobbed the ball over the Postal goalkeeper and into the unguarded net.
London Colney: Whittamore; Hull (Thompson), McCafferty, Saul, Paradise (Murphy), Sutton (Deacon), Knightley, Butler, Newman, Warner, Fitzgerald.