Harpenden kids doing the business
Spartan South Midlands Division One Kings Langley 2 Harpenden Town 2 HARPENDEN Town s youngsters are continuing to make an impact in Spartan South Midlands Division One after extending their unbeaten run to four games at Kings Langley. As it was, Town wer
Spartan South Midlands Division One
Kings Langley 2 Harpenden Town 2
HARPENDEN Town's youngsters are continuing to make an impact in Spartan South Midlands Division One after extending their unbeaten run to four games at Kings Langley.
As it was, Town were disappointed to come away with just a point after Kings Langley's Preston grabbed a 93rd minute equaliser.
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"It's amazing that we're disappointed coming away with a draw against one of the top teams," said caretaker manager Kelvin Gregory.
"If we could've held out it would've been great but if you take Chris (Gregory) and Andy Saul out, who are both 27, the average age of the squad was 19.
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"It's great that these lads are getting the experience and picking up results as well."
Joe Burgess gave Town the lead following a breakaway but the hosts equalised in the dying minutes of the first half through Preston.
Chris Gregory restored Town's lead about 10 minutes from time with his eighth goal of the season but Preston struck deep into injury time after Town fell asleep at a corner.
"It's great that the teams we're playing, probably thinking they'll roll us over are getting narked and finding we're not the easy touch maybe we were a couple of months ago," continued Gregory.
"We held out until the 93rd minute but we lost concentration for two or three minutes.
"That's what happens with a lot of youngsters in the team and they've got to learn quickly to concentrate for the whole match.
"Performance wise it was really good especially against a team that had already beaten us twice this season in the cups.
"Gary Wallace came back in and was absolutely outstanding and we had Ben Warren making his debut at just 17.
"We've now got players fighting for their place where before they'd maybe miss a week or two and get straight back in."
Bedford are the visitors to Rothamsted Park this weekend and Gregory is predicting another good battle.
"We've got Bedford this weekend and that'll be another good test. We've got a 16-year-old making his debut for us in goal and that'll be another great landmark for the club.