Magpies achieve their Aim
STRIKER Ashley Aimakhu scored the only goal as Colney Heath crowned manager Craig Johnstone s final game in charge with a fine away win
Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Kingsbury London Tigers 0 Colney Heath 1
Ashley Aimakhu 67
STRIKER Ashley Aimakhu scored the only goal as Colney Heath crowned manager Craig Johnstone's final game in charge with a fine away win at Kingsbury London Tigers on Saturday.
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The Magpies were looking to end a fine campaign on a high in the Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.
Manager Johnstone steps up to become general manager of the club in the summer, with Heath legend Scott Lacey and fellow former star Wes Awad forming the new first team management team.
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The Magpies continued their end of season policy of drawing lots for positions and Johnstone picked out the striker role with defender Dean Shuttleworth having to settle for a place on the bench.
A penalty shout for Colney Heath and a good effort from Dean Parratt proved the most significant moments of a good opening period. First Aimakhu released Johnstone who scampered clear and crossed a deep ball in. Midfielder Simmons was checked as he arrived at the back post could only fire wide when off balance. Johnstone said: "It was a blatant penalty. The guy pulled him down and Gary stumbled on and put it wide of the post. I don't know how it wasn't given."
The Magpies kept battling away and the impressive left back Lawford, aged 18, probed in his central midfield role. Lawford set up Parratt who went for the spectacular near post volley and lashed the ball just wide.
The Magpies reverted to a more orthodox system after the break with Shuttleworth on for the manager. Soon the switch paid dividends as Deacon, back in his favoured midfield role after 45 minutes at full back, combined with diminutive forward Mark Blackburne who had been employed at centre back during the first half. Blackburne found Aimakhu and the powerful striker controlled the ball well and drilled it into the bottom corner for 1-0.
Substitute Neil Jordan almost added a second for Colney Heath when his shot brushed the post but the one goal margin proved enough for three points. Johnstone said: "I still want to win the game. It is amazing how players do adjust to their positions and play well. It is not the easiest place to go and win and so it was a good result. We wanted to finish top of the bottom pile if you like and the win meant we finished above Welwyn Garden City even though they thrashed London Colney."
Colney Heath: Blackman, Deacon, Rickard, Dickie, Blackburne, Aimakhu, Gorrell, Lawford, Simmons (Jordan), Parratt, Johnstone (Shuttleworth).
Colney Heath host their presentation evening on Saturday, May 3. The club have already been putting plans into place for next season with John Moss, Nick Sanders and Dave Sandiford running the youth team and Johnstone is hoping Dave Little will continue as reserve team boss.