Shaw scores in 35 seconds as Blueboys beat St Margaretsbury

Greg Shaw, middle, celebrates opening the scoring for London Colney against St Margaretsbury. pictur

Greg Shaw, middle, celebrates opening the scoring for London Colney against St Margaretsbury. picture by James Whittamore - Credit: Archant

A first-minute goal set the tone for the London Colney on Saturday as they ran out 4-1 winners against St Margaretsbury following a dominant performance.

Matt Newman scores London Colney's second goal. picture by James Whittamore

Matt Newman scores London Colney's second goal. picture by James Whittamore - Credit: Archant

Greg Shaw opened the scoring after 35 seconds, driving the ball past the goalkeeper to cap off a fluid move that started from kick-off, before Matt Newman scored the second.

The Blueboys’ top scorer had seen three of his efforts saved but he was not to be denied a fourth time. Russell Gallagher headed a Martin Collins cross into Newman’s path who struck home from 10 yards.

More chances fell to Colney but they failed to add to a second goal as they ended the first-half two goals to the good.

St Margaretsbury, who had been spectators in the first half, gave themselves a glimmer of hope soon after the restart; Ryan Wade hitting the net from the penalty spot but it was their one and only highlight.


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Soon after the visitors’ goal, the two-goal cushion was restored by Martin Collins who pounced on a loose ball and steered it past Alex Smits from six yards.

Colney continued to pour forward and it was no surprise when they scored a fourth goal; Danny Fitzgerald setting up Spencer Clarke-Mardel.

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Jimmy Hill was a late introduction to the game and was unlucky not to score but his afternoon was soiled by a red card for a rash challenge.

Colney’s next game is on Tuesday night (October 15) when they travel to Hoddesdon, 745pm kick-off.

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