Slideshow: Bigg win for Colney Heath
PUBLISHED: 10:08 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Colney Heath 3 Biggleswade United 2 Herts Senior Charity Shield Quarter Final Colney Heath 3 Tring Athletic 4 (AET) It was a mixed week for Colney Heath, with their league win on Saturday lifting them
Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Colney Heath 3 Biggleswade United 2
Herts Senior Charity Shield Quarter Final
Colney Heath 3 Tring Athletic 4 (AET)
It was a mixed week for Colney Heath, with their league win on Saturday lifting them temporarily to second in the table, followed up by a disappointing exit from the Herts Charity Shield.
Heath got back to winning ways with an important win over Biggleswade United on Saturday. The Magpies had to twice come from behind before Richard Howard's goal gave them the win. Daniel Gaskin gave the visitors the lead but Aaron Clarke's looping header drew Heath level. Sean Murray's strike restored Biggleswade's lead but a superb solo goal from Jamie Eames sent the teams into the break level. Eames picked the ball up in his own half before advancing towards the United goal and bending a shot into the bottom corner.
Howard sealed the win in before the hour, when he turned on the edge of the area and fired a shot in the bottom left corner. Boss Scott Lacey was delighted with the win, that pushed Heath temporarily up to second in the table: "I said before the game that the Christmas break came at the right time for us because we weren't playing well. Biggleswade are a good side and I'm happy. To come back from 1-0 down and 2-1 down is a great achievement.
Colney Heath: Blackman, Teasdale, Paratusic, Winger, Muthusamy, Stevens, Ashton, Deacon, Howard, Clarke, Eames. Subs: D.Parratt, Norris, Lacey.
l Heath surrendered a two-goal lead as they bowed out of the Charity Shield to defending champions Tring after extra time on Tuesday.
Dean Parratt gave Heath the lead when he tapped in Richard Howard's cross and Aaron Clarke doubled their lead when he beat his marker to tap home Carl Ashton's centre.
A mistake from Tom Blackman gifted Tring a goal just before the interval and they drew level nineteen minutes from the end of normal time.
A training ground routine restored Heath's lead, three minutes into extra time, with Howard receiving a corner and smashing home a shot from 30 yards.
However, Tring upped the tempo and poor defending allowed them to score twice and take their place in the semi finals. Lacey was bitterly disappointed with his side's cup exit: "It was a massive psychological blow to concede just before the break. I think if we'd gone in two up we'd have won. We're playing well at the moment but individual errors are costing us. The commitment and attitude were there but we weren't professional enough to see the game out."
Lacey's side now sit third, behind Broxbourne and they travel to high-flying Hertford on Saturday. "Hertford are flying," commented Lacey. "It's good as a manager to pit your brains against teams that are doing well.