Colney Heath round-up
PUBLISHED: 18:13 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Hertford Town 0 Colney Heath 4 Colney Heath 0 Brimsdown Rovers 2 TWO goals from Greg Deacon helped Colney Heath record a fantastic 4-0 win away at in-form Hertford Town but unfortunately they were unable to
Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Hertford Town 0 Colney Heath 4
Colney Heath 0 Brimsdown Rovers 2
TWO goals from Greg Deacon helped Colney Heath record a fantastic 4-0 win away at in-form Hertford Town but unfortunately they were unable to follow it up with another win on Tuesday night.
The Magpies overcame a muddy pitch at Hertingfordbury Park to move into second place in the Premier Division table in front of a healthy crowd of 129.
Hertford started brightly and Attila Korsoveczki should have done better when presented a free shot on goal. The Magpies were slow to start but Carl Ashton sparked them into life with a long shot that was well saved by Lee Robinson in the Town goal.
Heath broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when Richard Howard crossed from the left wing and Deacon was on hand to plant his firm header into the back of the net.
Howard immediately attacked the Hertford goal from the restart with only a strong tackle from Glenn Draper denying him a shot on goal.
Howard was causing the home defence all sorts of problems and he thought he'd scored when his shot beat the goalkeeper but crashed into the side netting. Korsoveczki played the ball back from the by-line to Beale but his shot was parried by Tom Blackman.
Heath extended their lead in first half stoppage time when Howard curled a sweetly struck free kick into the top right hand corner.
The visitors defended well as Hertford went about reducing the deficit in the second half dealing with corners and crosses with ease.
Deacon scored his second in the 67th minute when he beat the offside trap and fired past Robinson.
Alex Scriven did come close to consolation goal for Hertford with a shot that Blackman deflected wide for a corner.
Substitute Jake Parratt completed the scoring for Heath eleven minutes from time when his left foot shoot nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
Heath manager Scott Lacey changed the formation before the game to counter Hertford and he was delighted with how it worked. "On Saturday, we changed our formation for the first time because Hertford have been on a good run since Pablo [Ardilles] took over and we've been conceding a lot of goals, so we switched to a 4-5-1.
"To start with we looked a bit shaky. I don't know whether that was because they weren't used to it or they couldn't track their runs but we soon got to grips with it and there were a lot of runs Hertford couldn't deal with."
Lacey was pleased that his team defended as a unit.
"We looked really solid. We defended as a team not just as a back four. I changed the half time team-talk after last week and I didn't praise them, I just said the job was half done."
The Magpies manager believes that the win was his side's best performance away from home all season.
"It was probably our best away performance of the year. It was one of those days where everyone clicked."
Unfortunately for the Magpies they couldn't repeat their performance on Tuesday night going down 2-0 at home to Brimsdown Rovers.
Ben Andreos opened the scoring for the visitors after nine minutes and they completed the win with 11 minutes remaining when James Martin scored.
Lacey paid tribute to Brimsdown saying: "They came with a better attitude and more commitment. We just didn't turn up, we were complacent."
Lacey says the most disappointing aspect of Tuesday's defeat was the fact that his side failed to move clear of the chasing pack.
"We didn't deserve to win. We could've gone three points clear of the pack around second, third and fourth but we're now back in the pack."
The Heath boss is keen not to get too downbeat, as the club is enjoying it's best season for a long time.
"The club is in an extremely good position. If you'd have said when me and Wes [Awad, joint manager] took over that on January 28 we would be second I'd have bitten your hand off. I'm a new manager and maybe I'm at fault sometimes.
Heath travel to Broxbourne Borough on Saturday. Kick off is at 2pm.
Colney Heath: Blackman, Paratusic, Dowling, Winger, Muthusamy, Teasdale, D.Parratt, Deacon, Howard, Beaumont, Ashton. Subs: Clarke, Eames, J.Parratt, Potter, Shuttleworth.
l The Magpies have moved quickly to bring in Liam Beaumont on loan from Arlesey Town following the news that Neil Jordan will be sidelined for a month.
Beaumont made his debut at Hertford and Lacey believes his performance was one of the few plus points from Tuesday's defeat.
"Liam was one of the plus points from Tuesday's game. He ran his heart out in midfield.