Lyons grabs a late equaliser for Heath

Dave Parkinson scored twice against Berkhamsted on Saturday.

Dave Parkinson scored twice against Berkhamsted on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Colney Heath grabbed a late equaliser at St Margaretsbury through Sam Lyons as Wes Awad’s men stayed unbeaten in the league so far in 2014.

Against a physical side, who were fortunate to still have 11 players on the pitch, the Magpies fell behind to a penalty in the 23rd minute.

The first half ended without either side creating another clear scoring opportunity.

The second half was drifting towards the final whistle and a defeat for the Heath until Lyons popped up at the far post to salvage a valuable point.

It was the Magpies second result in four days after they beat promotion rivals Berkhamsted at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The first half was a cagey affair, with neither team wanting to concede any ground to each other, and it wasn’t a surprise when the teams went into the break level at 0-0.

The Magpies came out after the break and seemed to have a point to prove. Dave Parkinson’s directness caused problems and within two minutes his shot was saved and rebounded to Josh Humbert who slotted home to give the Magpies the lead.

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Parkinson looked dangerous all game and he got the next goal that essentially won the game. Good work from Brett O’Connor on the left gave Parkinson time and space to slam home from three yards out.

The third goal was the final nail in Berkhamsted’s coffin as slack defensive work and marking gave O’Connor the ball and he played it through to Parkinson who advanced on the keeper, tried to go round him but at the last second, back heeled the ball into the bottom corner.