Club record set by St Albans IFC in Herts Advertiser Junior Cup

ST Albans IFC cruised into the third round of the Herts Advertiser Junior Cup with a club record 8-0 win over Brookmans Park Reserves.

At a rain soaked Cunningham Hill IFC took control from the first whistle. IFC showed their trademark slick passing and movement, coupled with a high work rate, to dominate over their opponents who were hampered by a couple of injuries.

The first two goals came early in the first half, through Jason Nicolaou from close range and then Spencer Clarke-Mardel cutting in from the left and curling into the far corner. IFC’s third goal showed the team at their best. Goalkeeper Ben Coote passed to Matt Sumpter on the halfway line, who controlled with a perfect first touch before laying the ball off to man of the match Harry Honeywood whose first time defence-splitting pass sent Clarke-Mardel rampaging through to curl into the far corner. Nicolaou, who also hit the post twice in the first half, made it four before half-time.

In the second half IFC started more slowly, but maintained control on the game. On the hour Nicolaou completed his hat-trick, before Clarke-Mardel secured his treble with a delicate chip over the advancing goalkeeper.

Sumpter came close to scoring on several occasions and Callum Fowler hit a sweet 30- yard screamer which the goalkeeper did well to save. Clarke-Mardel hit his fourth from a tight angle before Mario Concialdi capped a fine performance with the final goal.

All the IFC players contributed to the win, the icing on the cake being keeper Coote who set a club record for clean sheets in a season.

Marshalswick Rovers progressed into the next round with an impressive 8-2 win against Phoenix A. David Hudson was in top goalscoring form with his second cup hat-trick of the season, earning him the man of the match award. Other goals came from a Rafael Velasco brace plus Andrew Saunders, Adam Woodward and Ceri Dix singles.

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Division One

In an entertaining game played on a wet Sunday, Queens Head Sandridge did well to hold on to a 4-4 draw against Bradmore Rovers.

Having led 4-1 just after half-time with goals from Tommy Esom, Phil Turner (two) and Matt Corran, Queens went to sleep to allow Bradmore back into the game. Had it not been for a sharp save in the last minute, Bradmore could have taken all three points. The defeat leaves Bradmore looking for their first league win of the season.

In difficult conditions Six Bells went ahead against Oaks through James Pegrum who made it 2-0 before half-time. The second half saw both sides creating chances but it was the Oaks who pulled a goal back from a Scott Sherman penalty. Six Bells replied immediately through Mark Marven and just before the end, Martin Gentleman made sure of all three points. Man of the match for Six Bells was David Adams in goal who made some excellent saves from the Oaks’ strikers.

Division Three

Precision were thumped at home 5-1 by Radlett. Still missing key players and without a recognised keeper, Kelvin Caines went in goal. Radlett raced into a two-goal lead before Matty Day pulled one back. Radlett then cut open Precision three more times to seal a comfortable and deserved 5-1 win, their third league win of the season.

Second-placed Blacksmiths Arms recorded their fourth league victory with a close 2-1 win against O’Neills. Deadly finisher Ollie Franks scored both goals. Chris Lorrimer picked up their man of the match award.

Division Four

Dukes shared a hard fought 1-1 draw with Oaks Res. Both goals were scored during seven minutes of added time.

Dukes scored first through Jarred Goss but Oaks levelled with the last kick – a header actually from Dale Boreham, his first goal of the season. Ben Gaines was the outstanding player for Oaks.

A crazy game in the rain saw both Raiders Utd and Brookmans Park A teams down to 10 men after 15 minutes. Brookmans took the lead through Ollie Thomas after a fine cross from the right was well finished. Raiders won the snatch and grab after new boy Sam Joliff set up Ross Larter to finish well. Raiders keeper Chris Renew was the hero making several brilliant saves before Larter scored a last-minute winner.

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AFC Mymms were outplayed in poor conditions against Camp KBK, who put in an excellent battling performance.

It took Mymms 50 minutes to start playing, but they gave themselves an uphill task being two goals down. Camp’s goals came from Jack Crawley and a first of the season from Mark Pearson.