Seven points from three games puts Town top

Scott Timmons chips a ball forward

Scott Timmons chips a ball forward - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town have had a storming start to the season with seven points from three games in eight days to top their league.

On Saturday (Aug 16) they beat table topping Risborough Rangers 2-1 at home after scoring a stomping victory away on the previous Wednesday against Southall 0-3.

The victories have taken them to the top of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One.

Only two weeks ago manager Danny Plumb told the Herts Ad that he wanted a top six place by Christmas and his team seems well placed to achiebe that aim.

“It has been a great start but I am still feeling a bit frustrated because there are quite a few things we have not got right so there is work to be done,” he said.

“But that in itself is encouraging because we know we can improve.”

On Saturday against Risborough, Harpenden started strongly with a goal in 14 minutes from Aiden Graves on his debut for the club.

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Left back Graves continued to have a great game with strong runs up the wing supported up front by Simon White on the left of midfield.

A thumping volley from Will Barnard from a free kick on the edge of the box brought Risborough level after 28 minutes.

Town continued to have the best of the game which paid off in the second half.

A long ball to striker Harry Hunt was skilfully headed down and picked up by Simon White on the left who powered into the box and blasted a great shot into the roof of the net to give Harpenden a 2-1 lead.

Finally on 80 minutes Risborough keeper Steve Clark made a good save from White on the wing leaving the final score 2-1 to Harpenden and taking them to the top of the league on Saturday night.

Earlier in the week Harpenden overpowered Southall 3-0 despite missing a penalty in the first half. Nick Elliot scored first straight from a great free kick with Ben Dawes and Harry Hunt also hitting the target.

Harpenden are at home to Amersham Town at Rothamsted Park on Saturday (August 23), 3pm kick-off.