Unbeaten in six
PUBLISHED: 10:03 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
Molten Spartan South Midlands Division One London Colney 2 Crawley Green 1 TWO goals in the first 12 minutes saw London Colney extend their recent unbeaten run to six games. The Blueboys have won five and drawn just once since they last lost, away at Ne
Molten Spartan South Midlands Division One
London Colney 2
Crawley Green 1
TWO goals in the first 12 minutes saw London Colney extend their recent unbeaten run to six games.
The Blueboys have won five and drawn just once since they last lost, away at New Bradwell St Peter on November 11, as they keep the pressure on the leading pack.
Robbie O'Dell had a good chance to give Crawley Green an early lead but his shot flew narrowly over the bar and the Blueboys made him pay by taking the lead after just eight minutes.
The lively Sam Mitchell fed Dave Corran who laid the ball back to Jack Rowley and he drilled the ball home from the edge of the box.
The visitors went in search of an equaliser and Eamon Sweeny put in a dangerous cross for the visitors but Tom Dickie was there to head clear.
Then, with just twelve minutes on the clock, Colney doubled their lead from a corner. Gary Simmonds sent the ball to the far post where Corran hammered home a half volley into the roof of the net.
The visitors responded with James Dickson seeing his shot fly past Alastair Hill's right hand post.
Dean Barker had a well-struck shot tipped over the bar and McCafferty played a short free kick to Shaw who whipped a low ball into the box but Plowright was on hand to clear the danger.
Tom Ryan put over a good cross from the right which Dickson headed just wide while Hill was quick off his line to gather a number of dangerous crosses.
Corran delivered another good ball into the box which Matt Brown came out to gather as both Barker and Mitchell raced into the box. The Blueboys then had a quick break down the right and Shaw fired over a low cross that Barker failed to put away.
The visitors pulled a goal back just before the interval, when O'Dell fired past Hill after Peter O'Donnell knocked down Tom Ryan's cross.
The visitors went in search of an equaliser and nearly had one a minute later when James Porter's shot flashed past Hill's far post.
The Blueboys should have extended their lead after the break when Corran's cross found Mitchell in plenty of space but his low drive went wide of the far post. Dickson's free kick was tipped onto a post by Hill and, with Colney failing to clear the ball, Steve McKiernan turned it goalbound, only for Hill to spring up and save it.
Hill was in inspired form, claiming crosses and denying Luke Maloney low down at the foot of the post. At the other end Barker saw his shot from the edge of the area saved by Brown.
Moments later Colney were awarded a penalty after Mitchell was bought down in the box by goalkeeper Brown. Mitchell wanted to take the spot kick but it was Barker who put the ball on the spot and, unfortunately for the Blueboys, he blasted it well over the bar.
The game was becoming an end-to-end affair with both sides spurning a number of chances.
Shaw, Mitchell and Fitzgerald all went close for Colney while at the other end an O'Dell header was saved and Maloney fired a half volley wide.
The last chances fell to the home side when Mitchell sent over a cross that Simmonds was unable to connect with and then Corran shot wide at the back post.
London Colney are without a fixture this weekend, while the reserves take on Harpenden Town reserves.
London Colney: Hill, Benning, McCafferty, Humbert, Dickie, Rowley, Shaw, Simmonds, Barker (Fitzgerald), Mitchell, Corran. Unused subs: Thatcher, Beschizza, Paradise.