Heath collapse

PUBLISHED: 09:56 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Hanwell Town 5 Colney Heath 1 COLNEY Heath boss Scott Lacey accepted full responsibility after seeing his side crash to a heavy defeat at Hanwell Town. Lacey admitted that he hadn t done his homework as Heath ship

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division

Hanwell Town 5

Colney Heath 1

COLNEY Heath boss Scott Lacey accepted full responsibility after seeing his side crash to a heavy defeat at Hanwell Town.

Lacey admitted that he hadn't done his homework as Heath shipped five for the third time this campaign.

"I'll take full responsibility for this defeat. I've taken the acclaim when we've won and I'll take the flak when we lose. I've got to learn just as much as the players, being new to this. Having played them and beaten them 2-0 in the cup recently I took them too lightly. I should have done my homework as much as I would have against any other team."

Heath started well but Hanwell scored twice in the opening 28 minutes, including a fine individual goal from Blaise O'Brien who chipped Tom Blackman from 25 yards. The Magpies pulled a goal back through Aaron Clarke ten minutes before half time but three second-half goals killed off any hopes of a Heath revival.

Boss Lacey was very honest in his assessment of the game: "We couldn't handle their front two, they were a class above. They had about six chances and scored five of them, they were just more clinical than us. I felt after we'd scored we still had a lot to give but we collapsed. I'll take a lot of responsibility for this result but they've got to understand 5-1 isn't acceptable."

The result sees Hanwell jump above Heath on goal difference in the Premier Division table but Lacey is happy with his side's current position.

"If someone had said we'd be fifth I'd have bitten their hand off."

Colney Heath will be hoping to start 2009 in better fashion than they ended 2008 when they travel to Leverstock Green on Saturday, January 3, with kick off at 3pm. Lacey is hoping to put this result behind them and start the New Year with a win.

"It's a massive game on Saturday. We'll be in for training twice this week, I don't care if it's New Year. We'll be treating it like a cup final. We know a few of the players at Leverstock and there's been a lot going on behind the scenes. I don't mind players texting each other because it adds a bit of spice."

Colney Heath: Blackman, Teasdale, Paratusic, Winger, Muthusamy, Jordan, Ashton, Deacon, Howard, Clarke, Eames. Subs: Norris, J.Parratt, Stevens, Dowling.


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