Heath hammer Hillingdon
SSML Premier Division Colney Heath 3 Hillingdon Borough 0 IAN Cooper scored twice as Colney Heath demolished Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday night. Cooper was in devastating form in front of goal scoring twice and laying on a goal for strike partner Phil Ja
SSML Premier Division
Colney Heath 3
Hillingdon Borough 0
IAN Cooper scored twice as Colney Heath demolished Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday night.
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Cooper was in devastating form in front of goal scoring twice and laying on a goal for strike partner Phil Jackman as Heath turned in what manager Scott Lacey called their 'best performance' under his stewardship.
"We're really, really happy," Lacey told The Herts Advertiser after the game.
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"The performances have been here but not for that period of time. I said in the changing room we have absolutely dominated a team for 85 minutes. We've been asking for that for weeks.
"Sometimes when new players come in they've got to respect you as much as you respect them and they've got to learn that sometimes the manager's not talking a load of rubbish every week and he actually understands the game," he joked.
"The management and the players seem to have gelled in the last couple of weeks hence the results."
Heath were held to a 2-2 draw by Kingsbury London Tigers on Saturday and Lacey was pleased with how the team reacted after they were read the riot act after Saturday's game.
"We should have won 2-0 and we should still be in the FA Cup but there's a reason that players are playing at this level and that's because they haven't got that consistency.
"They're a good bunch of boys. They were read the riot act on Saturday for dropping points and they were read the riot act before the game.
"What happened on Saturday was not good enough and not acceptable but they've not sulked and said right we'll prove you two wrong (Lacey and joint-manager Wes Awad) and they've put in what is probably the best Colney Heath performance since I took over."
It was one-way traffic in the first half as Heath probed unsuccessfully for a goal. Goalkeeper Paul Daley was forced off on 20 minutes following a collision with Hillingdon's centre forward but replacement keeper Tom Blackman was never really tested and on the few occasions he was called into action he was equal to the task.
Heath eventually broke the deadlock in the 67th minute. A long ball out from the back was chased down by Jackman and although the Hillingdon keeper was first to the ball his clearance only went as far as Cooper who lifted the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
Jackman's pace was causing real problems for the Borough defence and they were reduced to 10 men when the left back hauled the Magpies' striker down when through on goal.
Heath capitalised and when Cooper got in behind the visitors' defence he had no hesitation in squaring the ball to Jackman to roll into the empty net.
Cooper rounded off the scoring with two minutes to go with the goal of the game. The Magpies' leading scorer showed good feet to wriggle free on the edge of the area before curling a delightful shot into the top corner to cap a wonderful team performance.
The Heath management duo are very happy with their start to the season and are hoping to continue that form and have a successful season.
"If you'd offered me 10 points from four games I'd have taken that compared to last year when we didn't have 10 points until about November," said Lacey.
"It's a different sort of club now, it's buzzing. We get a lot of support from the committee which really helps and the club house has had a lot done. Money has been put into the right areas and spent properly and alright we can't go up but what's to stop us having a good season."
Heath travel to Langford on Saturday and Lacey is looking to get one over on the home side.
"I live about a mile away and know the people quite well. It's a lovely place to play football and they're always hospitable but unfortunately we've haven't beaten them since I've been manager.
"It's a Saturday game so lets see how the players do after a Friday night.
"Let's see if they turn that phone call down to go out clubbing and do what's best for the club!"
Colney Heath: Daley (Blackman); Ashton, Teasdale, Gerber, Beaumont; Ashwood (Spiers), Deacon, Coombs, J. Parratt (Clarke); Cooper, Jackman. Unused subs: Stevens, D. Parratt.