Over the Hill? Not likely as Jimmy is the Colney Heath derby hero with both against London Colney
PUBLISHED: 21:42 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:35 21 March 2018
A renaissance. An Indian summer. Call it what you wanted but Jimmy Hill is having a fantastic 2018.
The striker netted twice as Colney Heath took the spoils with a 2-0 derby win at London Colney
Hill’s double took him to 15 for the season with nine in the last 10 league games.
The first came from a free-kick played beautifully into the box and Hill nodded it beyond Sam Szymczyk.
The second was from another set-piece, this time a corner from the left which evaded the keeper and was steered home at the far post.
It was slightly tough on London Colney but their problems in front of goal were evident.
They had three glorious chances at the start of the second half but Steve Cunningham in the Magpies’ goal produced three great saves.
But you knew their luck was out when Cunningham pushed a long-range shot behind him with 13 minutes to go but the ball rebounded off the post and out.
Bar the goals the two teams were pretty evenly matched for the most part.
The first half saw the ball ping back and forth so much that one fan commented “I thought I was at Wimbledon”.
But it was that sort of half.
London Colney started slightly the brighter of the two and Colney Heath finished the better.
In between both sides prodded and probed and crunched into tackles without producing the quality needed in the crucial areas.
In fact it took until the 37th minute before either goalkeeper was called into a save, Szymczyk tipping the ball over after a firm Osamu Allman drive.
The corner that followed actually brought the closest to a goal, with an almighty scramble sending the ball over the line.
However, the referee blew for a foul on the keeper.
The linesman was also involved calling a number of seemingly tight decisions as both sides tried to get beyond the last man.
You felt there were goals in it though, as space and chances became more apparent the longer the half went on.
And that was so nearly the case in the opening five minutes after the break when London Colney found Cunningham in inspired form.
First a pull back from Dominic Morgillo was sent towards goal by Loren Maxwell but the Magpies’ keeper saved with his legs as he raced back across.
Then moments later Chris Griffin and Morgillo were both denied. As with Maxwell though, the latter should really have scored.
And you did wonder if they would regret those misses.
And so it proved.
Hill’s double ended the home resistance although they did press late on.
By that time though Hill should have had a hat-trick, sending a header over the bar after a great chip back across from Joe Newton.
He was disappointed at that but the way things are going this year, he’ll get more celebrations before the season is out.
London Colney: Szymczyk, Mace, Gyasi (Heald 79), Coughlan, Armstrong, Holding, Price, Griffin, Maxwell (Omotosho 66), Morgillo (Adeoye 63), Vaughan
Subs (not used): Oladejo, Metcalfe
Colney Heath: Cunningham, Power, Dudrenec, Doolan, Sedgely, Clarke-Mardel, Allman (Rotimi 58), May, Hill, Norris (Brettell 58), Newton (Byron 90+5)
Subs (not used): Osborne, Lewis
Goals: Hill 60, 71
HT: London Colney 0 Colney Heath 0