Two sending-offs but Harpenden Town set for Christmas top spot with Harefield win

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 December 2016

Tony Golder was sent off, along with Sam James, but Harpenden Town held on to beat Harefield United. Picture: DANNY LOO

Tony Golder was sent off, along with Sam James, but Harpenden Town held on to beat Harefield United. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Harpenden survived two sending-offs to beat Harefield United 1-0 and keep hold of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One top spot.

Sam James got the only goal after just seven minutes but both he and Tony Golder failed to see the final whistle.

Both were sent off in added time at the end of the game, Golder receiving a straight red for dissent and James two yellows, the second after throwing a ball away following a clash with Harefield’s keeper.

The win means Harpenden stay top, three points clear of second-placed Biggleswade FC.

And despite the Bedfordshire side having a game tomorrow (Wednesday) at Hadley Wood & Wingate, they would need a 14-goal victory to overtake Harps for the Christmas top spot.

Harpenden have held that position for eight weeks and have recorded 15 wins in their last 16 league games.

Their next match is on Tuesday, December 27 at home to Hatfield Town at 3pm but manager Danny Plumb knows they must improve from this showing.

He said: “Our discipline was very disappointing and we simply can’t afford to lose players like this.

“Having said that we showed fantastic character and great defending against a good side so I am happy but frustrated at the same time.”

Club chairman Roman Motyczak, however, is looking forward to the Christmas period, starting with the visit of Hatfield.

He said: “It would be great to see lots of families out in the park to support our league leaders after Christmas as kids under 16 can come in for free.”


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