London Colney break the top six

PUBLISHED: 13:37 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:37 04 November 2013

Martin Collins is swapped by his teammates after scoring London Colney's second goal. Picture: James Whittamore

Martin Collins is swapped by his teammates after scoring London Colney's second goal. Picture: James Whittamore

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London Colney are up into the top six in the SSML Premier Division after beating Tring 2-1 on Saturday.

Goals from Danny Fitzgerald and Martin Collins put the Blueboys on their way to victory but Chris Salmons pulled on back for Tring to set up a tense finale. Top scorer Matt Newman remains one goal away from his centenary.

Ryan Thompson’s men held on though to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

After spending the first 10 minutes camped in their own half, Colney started to find their footing and created chances for Collins, Spencer Clarke-Mardel, Russell Gallagher and Newman.

The pressure eventually told and it was Fitzgerald who was the beneficiary. The midfielder stole a yard of space before curling a 25-yard shot into the net to give Colney a 1-0 lead at the break.

Early in the second half Newman looked to have scored goal 100 but his volley flew inches past the post with Michael Underwood well beaten in the Tring goal.

In the 54th minute the Blueboys did go two up as a long kick up field from Charlie May saw Greg Shaw head the ball on for Collins who lobbed the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Tring then pulled a goal back as Salmons headed in a corner, bringing his side within a goal but the London Colney defence stood firm and picked another three points on their climb up the table.

• The reserves continued their unbeaten run in the league with a 1-0 home win over 61 FC with a goal from Seb Thomas. London Colney Blues made it a good weekend all round when they won 4-3 on penalties against Wriggle Rovers in the County Cup after the match had finished 2-2 after extra time.


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