No thieving magpies here as Colney Heath produced fine performance to beat Leverstock Green
PUBLISHED: 09:45 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 07 March 2018
Colney Heath produced an impressive and thoroughly professional performance to see off Leverstock Green with a 2-0 win at the Recreation Ground.
As they had 10 days earlier against St Margaretsbury Jack Woods and Jimmy Hill were the men on target either side of half-time.
And although the Hemel Hempstead-based side pressed late on, the Magpies held on to make it three Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division matches without defeat.
It was a result nobody could argue with as Colney controlled proceedings from the off.
Much has been made about the youth in the team but along with some experienced older heads, the Magpies appear to be finding the right balance as the season heads to a conclusion.
Here they were out of the traps in an instant, playing with plenty of energy and taking the game to top-six opponents.
Isa Rotimi had the first chance which came at the end of a superb flowing move.
Hill had hit a half-volley low and hard across the pitch for the young winger who cut in from the right and hit a left-footed effort just past the post.
Rotimi was linking up well with right-back Harry Lewis and on the other side Osamu Allman and Joe Newton were doing likewise.
It was no surprise when the goal came and it was no surprise it came via one of these wide outlets.
Rotimi was the provider but Woods still had much to do but cutting in from close to the right goal-line, he created enough room to shot over the hand of Taylor Mackenzie.
They continued to press afterwards but eventually the pace dipped as expected and gave Leverstock a bit more of the ball.
But Steven Cunningham was not really pressured, a fact that would not change in the second half either.
And it was six minutes after the break when the Mags settled the clash – and it was as simple as they come.
Wood took a corner on the left and it fell perfectly for an unmarked Hill who steered his header into the net.
From then on Green looked to get back in the game but the Heath defence were always equal to the threat.
And it was the hosts who looked the more likely to grab another, with two well-worked and quick counter attacks just missing Hill.