Exiles see off Broxbourne II at the Park
Exiles entertained third placed, Broxbourne II at Clarence Park knowing this was a six-pointer . Exiles were also looking for revenge as the Broxbourne side have inflicted the Exiles only (playing) defeat of the season. Exiles were without goal machine
Exiles entertained third placed, Broxbourne II at Clarence Park knowing this was a 'six-pointer'.
Exiles were also looking for revenge as the Broxbourne side have inflicted the Exiles only (playing) defeat of the season.
Exiles were without goal machines White and Jones, but were able to call in able replacements 'JP' Pierce and Adam Ross to bolster the side.
From the opening whistle it was clear that this wasn't the same Broxbourne side that turned out in October, as Exiles were rampant on every attack. Both full-backs, Jimmy Bird and Nick James, were employed as additional attackers on most occasions.
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Centre backs, Spencer Winter and Brian Allen, had little to do for most of the opening half of the match.
It was no surprise that after about 10 minutes the Exiles took the lead, when good first time passing through captain Mark Lister, found Bird, who fed the ever live-wire, JC Cowan. His hit across the D missed Pierce and Graham Dill, but landed at the stick of James on the edge of the D.
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His shot slammed into the goal.
Exiles continued to press forward and doubled their lead when the ball found Pierce alone in the D. He made no mistake from close range.
This seemed to spur the Broxbourne side into life and only some top saves from Fretter in the Exiles goal, including a smart, one-handed stop that was destined for the top corner, kept Broxbourne out.
An even better save came moments later when Broxbourne thought they must score, when their forward was one yard out and looked certain to score.
Fretter slid along the line and palmed the ball away, with the Broxbourne striker cursing his luck.
Just prior to half-time Exiles made it 3-0 when good play from Reeves and Dill found Pierce again with time and space in the D and he made no mistake from about 10 yards.
With Exiles certain of the points, it was a disappointing second half.
Although they had numerous chances, especially from penalty corners, they were unable to take advantage.
Broxbourne's 'keeper was kept pretty busy and made one smart save from Pierce, who lofted the ball over the prone 'keeper, but he somehow managed to get a leg to deflect it away from goal.
In fact, Broxbourne pulled a goal back with about 10 minutes left when they broke away down the Exiles left.
The ball was played to Broxbourne's lively striker, who turned and struck a fierce shot which Fretter could only watch as it flew high into the net.
At the final whistle the Exiles thoroughly deserved the points against their nearest rivals and will look to secure a further win next week against bottom of the league side - Letchworth III - before a tough fixture against new third placed team Cheshunt the week after.
Exiles: J Fretter, J Bird, S Winter, B Allen, N James, M Lister (c), A Ross, 'JC' Cowan, D Reeves, G Dill, 'JP' Pierce.