Magnificent seven keeps faint title hopes alive for London Colney
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London Colney kept their faint title hopes alive with a 7-2 drubbing away to Leverstock Green – although they did have to come from behind.
It leaves the Blueboys 12 points behind Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division leaders AFC Dunstable with five games to play.
A goal by Leverstock’s Jack Copson on 15 minutes gave little hint of what was to come.
And despite plenty of attacking play it took Colney until the 29th minute to finally breach the hosts’ defence and start the goal bonanza.
Charlie Smith, Spencer Clarke-Mardel and Stef Geraldes linked up and it was the latter who laid the ball off for Jon Clements to level things up.
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It was soon 2-1 with Geraldes again getting the assist. This time a cross-field pass from the left took out four defenders giving Clarke-Mardel the chance to finish.
And after Jack Woods had been denied by Leverstock keeper Liam Jahn, Colney extended their lead, Clements driving home after a quick turn.
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A few minutes into the second half it became 4-1 when another Geraldes pass set up Charlie Smith for a lobbed finish.
Clements grabbed his hat-trick for number five, pouncing on a rebound after a Jahn save, before Copson got his second for Leverstock.
Jack Woods restored Colney’s four goal advantage before Lee Close completed the rout in injury time.
One highlight of the night was to see 49-year-old Tony Gold come off the bench for the last 10 minutes.
Next up is St Margaretsbury who visit Cotlandswick on Saturday.
Also on Tuesday night, London Colney Reserves lost 3-2 at home to Cockfosters.
Archie McClelland and Bobby Armstrong scored for the Blueboys.