Depleted Exiles notch up Hertford victory

PUBLISHED: 10:41 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 May 2010

St Albans Exiles 3 Hertford II 2 ST ALBANS Hockey Club (Exiles) took on Hertford II at a sunny Clarence Park without several key players, including top scorer Simon White and skipper Mark Lister. However, the team sheet was full of strength and experie

St Albans Exiles 3

Hertford II 2

ST ALBANS Hockey Club (Exiles) took on Hertford II at a sunny Clarence Park without several key players, including top scorer Simon White and skipper Mark Lister.

However, the team sheet was full of strength and experience, with the team in their newly numbered shirts.

The first half was very even with few chances at either end.

Both sides looked to attack on the break, but both defences held firm, with neither 'keeper being troubled.

It was Hertford who took the lead on the half-time whistle, when they were awarded a contentious hit just outside the Exiles' circle.

The new rules, allowing a self-hit, caught the Exiles defence out and as the ball hit the back of the goal the half time whistle blew.

A top draw second half performance saw goals from James Cowan, Jon Freedman and Matt Howeson (penalty stroke) and some equally high class goalkeeping from Jerry Fretter, saw the Exiles through to victory in what turned out to be a closely contested game.

Despite a late strike from a penalty corner, it was only a consolation for Hertford II as the Exiles held on for a deserved 3-2 win.

The Exiles will look to build on this performance and climb the league table when they travel to Blueharts III next week with a late afternoon hit back.

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