Blueboys top Magpies in local derby

London Colney earned bragging rights over Colney Heath with a 2-0 away win over their local rivals on Saturday.

The Blueboys started brightly and twice Jimmy Hill delivered crosses into the box and Martin Collins saw his pass for Jimmy Hartley hacked away.

For the Magpies, Martin Standen saw his shot blocked by James Lawrence after Aaron Clarke had headed on a cross from the left wing.

It took until the 44th minute for London Colney to open the scoring, and it was Hill who provided the strike. The front man latched onto a ball from Danny Fitzgerald, outpaced the defence before hitting a sizzling shot from 35 yards over Ricky Perks and into the back of the net.

In the second half the Magpies came out looking for a equaliser but they found the defence in a resolute mood.

Hill nearly scored a similar goal to his first while at the other end London Colney’s custodian Charlie May produced a tremendous one-handed save to deny Tel Caswell.

The Blueboys continued to create chances with Dan Power hitting the side netting and Perks saving from Hill.

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The game was put beyond doubt five minutes from full-time. Spencer Clarke-Mardel saw his initial shot blocked but London Colney forced the ball back into the box and he was on hand to double the score.

It was a disappointing performance and result for the Magpies and they will hope to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to second-placed Berkhamste, kick-off 3pm.

London Colney were in eighth place in the league at the turn of the year and will be looking to move up the league when they entertain struggling Hatfield Town on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.