Second semi date booked for confident Harpenden

Charlie Gould scored one and made another as Harpenden reached the semi-final of the Centenary Troph

Charlie Gould scored one and made another as Harpenden reached the semi-final of the Centenary Trophy. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town reached their second cup semi-final of the season with a confident 3-0 win over Old Parmiterians in the Herts Centenary Trophy.

Town, who face Hadley in the semi-final of the Herts Charity Shield, made a slow start into a strong wind but the change of ends and a stirring team talk at the break by manager Danny Plumb seemed to work wonders.

Harry Hunt, Charlie Gould and substitute Alex Yearwood grabbed the second-half goals.

Plumb said: “Our first half performance was poor but the conditions were not easy.

“It is good to have Charlie Gould back from injury and playing well and I am delighted to get through to the semi.”

Goalkeeper Jake McLean had made several crucial saves to deny Parmiterians before Harpenden took control of the game on 58 minutes.

Gould picked up the ball on the edge of the box and passed to the unmarked Hunt who placed the ball in the corner of the net for 1-0.

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The second arrived five minutes later.

A cross was fired in low to Gould on the penalty spot. His spin gave him the space to fire home.

Harpenden continued to press with Gould’s direct running giving Matt Sutton a chance. His shot hit the post.

They lost Ben Warren on 80 minutes with what looked to be a severe hamstring injury.

His replacement, Yearwood, however, made an instant impact.

His strong run down the right led to Jimmy Warner producing a brilliant save from the Parmiterians keeper.

And with two minutes to go, another strong run brought the third, cutting inside and finishing with aplomb.

Harpenden will now travel to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts on February 13 in the semi-final.

In the other game Baldock Town host Letchworth Garden City Eagles.

Harpenden head to Chesham United Reserves on Saturday while their next home game is against Hatfield Town on December 19 at 3pm.