Blueboys finish pre-season with victory

Action from London Colney's 4-3 win over Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Picture: Jim Whittamore

Action from London Colney's 4-3 win over Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Picture: Jim Whittamore - Credit: Archant

London Colney finished their preparations for the SSML Premier Division season with a 4-3 win over Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Saturday.

Manager Jim Nicholls, who is heading into his first season as first-team boss after replacing Ryan Thompson, took a mixed squad of players to Letchworth for the match, which was played in three 30-minute periods.

The Blueboys found themselves a goal down when the Eagles were awarded a penalty that was duly dispatched into the bottom right hand corner. It did not take long for Colney to hit back though, as Jason Nicolau headed them level.

Having set up the first goal, Shaun Murphy got another assist, this time teeing up Ryan Halil to tuck the ball into the net at the back post. Just before the end of the first period Letchworth scored an equaliser.

Jimmy Hartley, who has enjoyed an excellent pre-season, scored Colney’s third, curling a free-kick into the top corner. Not to be outdone, Eagles scored a free-kick of their own to draw level.

The Blueboys produced one more goal, which was enough to down their Herts Savers County League opponents, as Matt Tillbrook reacted fastest to a shot that hit the bar to score the rebound.