Gallery: Blueboys fight back to earn opening day point
PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 August 2014
London Colney fought back from a goal down to start their SSML Premier Division season with a 1-1 draw against Tring Athletic.
London Colney vs Tring Athletic
Jimmy Warner heads towards goal
Sam Doolan brings the ball forward
Cain Davy holds off an opponent
Jimmy Hartley runs into the box
Jimmy Hartley fires a dangerous ball across goal
Greg Shaw reaches for a pass
Jimmy Hartley volleys towards goal
Jimmy Hartley skips past a challenge
Spencer Clarke-Mardel makes a pass
London Colney manager Jim Nicholls (centre)
London Colney manager Jim Nicholls
Chris Vardy had given the visitors the lead just before the break but Russell Gallagher fired back with a goal just before the hour mark to ensure the Blueboys won a point on the opening day.
Colney started well with Martin Collins having a low shot saved by Matt Evans, the Tring goalkeeper, and then sending a shot just the wrong side of the post. Jimmy Warner and Jimmy Hartley then linked up but their charge towards goal was blocked.
Colney should have taken the lead when Warner sent Collins clear but his attempted lob missed the target.
Just before the break Tring took the lead when Stewart King played a simple ball to the unmarked Vardy and he calmly stroked it past Gavin Simpson.
The Blueboys started the half of top as Gallagher, Greg Shaw and Warner went close to levelling the game.
The pressure finally told in the 58th minute as the Blueboys drew level. A passing move down the left saw Warner round his marker and sweep over a low cross into the box whereupon Gallagher blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
Colney went close to finding a second but it was Tring who should have added to their tally. Taylor Collins crossed the ball over from the right wing to Vinnie Iannone from but he headed the ball over the crossbar.
After the let-off, the Blueboys went back in search of the winner but it Evans refused to be beaten and the game ended all square.
London Colney travel to Kings Langley on Tuesday, 7.45pm kick-off. Langley beat Colney Heath 2-1 on the opening day.