Five-star London Colney shine in Sun Sports romp

Spencer Clarke-Mardel scored one and made one against Sun Sports. Picture: DANNY LOO

Spencer Clarke-Mardel scored one and made one against Sun Sports. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Five first-half goals kept London Colney on top of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division as Sun Sports were swept aside 5-1 at Cotlandswick.

Archie McClelland continued his sparkling early season form with two more, making it 11 for the year, and he was ably-assisted by Spencer Clarke-Mardel, Jon Clements and Gregg Douglas.

One of the biggest surprises of the day was the lack of goals in the second half.

But the Blueboys won’t care as they made it seven wins from eight in the league, putting them four points clear of Welwyn Garden City in second.

Recent signing, and former St Albans City keeper, Tom Coulton was the first into the action, making a fine save from Chris Blunden’s stinging shot.

But almost immediately after, Colney were ahead as Clarke-Mardel sent McClelland away and he fired low beyond Matthew Evans.

Clarke-Mardel would get himself in on the goals just eight minutes later, latching on to a Che Kin To pass and curling it first time into the corner.

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Kin To had a hand in the third as well, knocking a quick free-kick short to Clements who did the rest.

And it was soon four as McClelland slammed a penalty he had won into the net on 34 minutes.

Tommy Walsh pulled one back for Sports but the Blueboys restored their four goal lead just before the break when Douglas hooked home his first for the club.

Clarke-Mardel had to leave the field early in the second half with a knock and this deprived Colney of their midifeld engine.

They still had chances; Clements went just wide with an effort and Kin To struck a hard shot towards goal but unfortunately hit a spectator rather than the net.

Gallagher and McClelland also went close while at the other end Coulton tipped a Walsh free-kick round the post.

The Blueboys are in action again tonight when they host Brimsdown in the League Challenge Trophy, kick-off 7.45pm, before taking on Stotfold in the league on Saturday.

London Colney Reserves won 3-2 away at Ascot Utd Reserves with two goals from Samuel Robins and one from Chris Griffin and London Colney Blues beat Kings Sports 2-1 with goals from Adriano Gil and Sekou Diarra.

London Colney Blues Reserves meanwhile lost 2-1 to Oxhey with Alex Peate scoring for the Blueboys.