Nicolaou bags his second hat-trick for St Albans IFC
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Another strong team performance from St Albans IFC saw them defeat close rivals St Albans Rangers 3-1 in Division Three.
Jason Nicolaou was the match winner with his second consecutive hat-trick. Christy Torrens netted for Rangers.
Newly promoted Stonewood continued their impressive start, defeating CHL 6-1 with two goals from Ashlee Kissledo and singles from Lewis Field, Trevor Golder, Tyran Oudnie and Ryan Smith.
Cottonmill recorded their first win, defeating Wheathampstead ‘89 3-1 with goals by Matt Wight, Shane Devine and Pat Nyamangunda.
Harpenden Colts OB and Church End shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Colts’ goals came from Alex Dennehy, Andrew McCarthy and Nick Urwin. Chris Newcombe was Colts’ star man.
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A goal from man of the match Rob Barron plus two strikes by Matt Thorn gave Greenwood Park a 3-0 win over Old Albanians.
A goal by Alvin Nascimento gave Radlett Village a 1-0 win against St Albans Royals.
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AFC Rangers were unlucky to come away from Nicholas Breakspear OB with no points, losing 5-3. Chris Cutmore (two) and Piaras Lysaght scored for Rangers.
Goals in the first half by Aaron Clarke and Luke Ossorio saw Six Bells take a 2-0 lead against Precision. The second half saw much pressure from Precision which resulted in them reducing the deficit with 10 minutes to go, but Bells defended well for a 2-1 win. A good team performance by the Bells.
Brookmans Park edged ahead against Potters Bar through Drew Botterman, but two goals including a last minute winner gave Bar the points with Bill Jones and Ciaran Vieyra scoring.
Skew Bridge Res entertained Chequers in their first home fixture and just edged it and were unlucky not to be leading at the break. Skew started the second half brightly and looked like the team more likely to score first, but it wasn’t until midway through the half before a Matty Richardson corner and James Hardy header caused confusion in the chequers defence.
Six yard box predator Chris Gregory then steered a header past the keeper. Skew kept up the pressure on Chequers’ defence before the move of the match was calmly finished by substitute Steve Allen. With 20 minutes left Chequers didn’t fold and after a series of near misses from Skew, their goalkeeper-come-striker pulled a goal back.
Pennine Spartans recorded their first win of the season against Herts Athletic 7-0. An early goal from Myer Fuller put them in control of the game before a quick fire double from Jamie France.
More followed in the second half, with goals from Stephen Coles, Craig Meddeman, Mat Durrant and a second from Fuller completed the scoring.
An inspired performance by Dean Skipsey, including a goal, along with a Lee Sturgess single saw Blacksmiths Arms defeat new boys Garston 2-1.
Brookmans Park Res won 3-1 against Cannon with two goals from Joe Cullum and a Simon White single. Paul Dennis replied for Cannon.
Top goalscorers of the day were Vision Res who overcame Herts Mauritian 9-0 with goals from Adam Wallace 3, Pat Dramani (2), Roland Amponsem, Amine Ghoul, Humair Khan and William Nugent.
After a shakey start to Division Four Wheathampstead Crown showed they mean business by beating injury-hit Affinity 6-2. With a hat-trick coming from Adam Facer, singles from Jason Slough and Ryan Laffoley plus a 40-yard screamer from Micheal Ross. A great team effort all around was too much for Affinity. Ben Conrad scored both Affinity goals.
Brookmans Park A team were 3-0 down at the break to AFC Welwyn. A Gary Prime 35-yard screamer and a goal from new signing Redmond Lee got them back into the game but they could not find the equaliser.
Anthony Maher scored a hat-trick and star man Sam Bignall added a single as Oaks defeated The Snug Bar 4-2.
George Redbourn were in total control against AFC Mymms and ran out 3-0 deserved winners. Goals came from Marco Capontes, Liam Picton and the outstanding Aaron Goldsmith.
Despite Alex Redwood scoring a hat-trick for Stonewood Res, they fell to a 6-3 defeat against White Horse who had Gary Farrow (2), Michael Blanchard, Jamie Cunnington, Matt Eden and Foyez Rahman on target.
In an evenly contested game Ridge defeated Harpenden Colts OB Res 2-1, thanks to two goals by David Bailey. James Morris scored for Colts.
FIXTURES - September 14
Herts FA Sunday Junior Cup Preliminary Round: George Redbourn v AFC Southgate, Bricket Wood v Hockerill Tens.
Knockout Cup Round 1: Skew Bridge v Herts Athletic, Pennine Spartans v Cannon, The Bull & Jacks v London Road, Phoenix Res v Herts Mauritians, Precision v Brookmans Park, Brookmans Park Reserves v Garston, Queens Head v AFC Rangers, Icarus v Chequers Inn.
Junior Cup Round 1: Cottonmill v Brookmans Park ‘A’. Round 2: Harpenden Colts OB v Stonewood.
Premier Division: Nicholas Breakspear OB v Phoenix, Vision v PSV FC.
Division One: FC Potters Bar v Skew Bridge Res, Nicholas Breakspear OB Reserves v Six Bells.
Division Two: Blacksmiths Arms v Vision Res.
Division Three: Church End v St Albans IFC, Radlett Village v St Albans Rangers, St Albans Royals v Greenwood Park, Wheathampstead ‘89 v CHL.
Division Four: AFC Welwyn v Camp KBK, Affinity v Oaks, Marshalswick v Queens Head Res. More online.
Phoenix ‘A’ v Nicholas Breakspear OB 90, The Snug Bar v Wheathampstead Crown.
Division Five: AFC Mymms v Athletico Quat, Cannon Res v Bradmore Rovers, The Ridge v Stonewood Res, White Horse v Harpenden Colts OB Res.