Pole position changes hands again after London Colney stalemate

Lee Armitt had his second-half penalty saved against Cockfosters. Picture: DANNY LOO

Lee Armitt had his second-half penalty saved against Cockfosters. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

The title race at the top of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division took another twist after London Colney were held to a 0-0 draw at Cockfosters.

Saturday’s draw, coupled with AFC Dunstable’s win over London Tigers, gives the Bedfordshire side a slight advantage going into the final weeks of the season.

What made matters worse was the normally reliable Lee Armitt saw a second half penalty saved by Cockfosters keeper, Kai McKenzie-Kyle.

The Blueboys had other chances to win the match though but the on-loan Barnet stopper made a number of good saves to keep his side in the game.

He hung on to a curling free kick from Jack Woods before pushing away another Woods’ effort.

Woods then turned provider for Armitt but his shot raced wide of the post.

Ben Andrews and Frazer John both went close for the hosts as did Stef Geraldes and Woods again.

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The Blueboys big chance came a couple of minutes into the second half.

Spencer Clarke-Mardel was brought down inside the box after he was setup with a neat pass from Geraldes.

Armitt had to contend with a number of off-putting moments, including the referee walking across his path, and his shot was tipped away by McKenzie-Kyle.

Armitt did finally beat the Cockfosters custodian but saw his drive clipped the bar and went over.

Both teams had chances to win it in the latter stages but neither could find a way through.

Next up for the Blueboys is Harefield United at home on Saturday.

There was better news for the Reserves who beat Harpenden Town Reserves 3-0 thanks to two goals from Archie McClelland and one from Jon Clements.

London Colney Blues made it into the final of the Stanley Rous Cup with a 3-2 success against Harefield.

Johnny Armitt, Ryan Houghton and Eammon Rogers got the goals.

Before that they are in the final of the Watford Peace Hospital Memorial Shield on Thursday at Hemel Hempstead.

Kick-off is 7.30pm.