Teasdale earns Queens a point
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A Mark Teasdale goal earned Queens Head Sandridge a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against AFC Rangers who were completing their league programme.
Hogs Blacksmiths won their second league game of the season with a 1-0 win against London Road.
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Church End took an early lead when Nicky Hanly finished calmly after being put through on goal with just the ‘keeper to beat, but the lead didn’t last long though as OAs hit back five minutes later.
Church continued to press and took a 2-1 lead into half time with a goal from James Crane.
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Nicky Hanly then made it 3-1 before Dean Stanton and Dom Corr finished the scoring for a 5-1 win, this despite OAs enjoying a good spell of possession in the second half.
Lee Hanly continued his great form in the centre of the Church defence.
Harpenden Colts Old Boys ended Phoenix’s record as the only unbeaten side in the league with a well worked 3-0 win with goals from Matt Richardson, James Warner and a rare strike by Man of the Match defender Chris Newcombe. James Whitehurst and Oliver Spicer were outstanding on Colts’ left flank, well supported by Stuart Brown and Chris Ellis at the back.
A fine performance by Adam Gettliffe plus goals from Dan Hart and Luke Viala gave FC Potters Bar a 2-0 win against Verulam Arms.
Brookmans Park could not break down a solid Six Bells defence and fell behind just before half time to a Daniel Roberts goal. When pushing forward Park conceded a late second when Eremo Beks scored. Park’s plight was not helped when they missed their fifth penalty of the season as they fell to a 2-0 defeat.
Defeated 5-0 by AFC Rangers Reserves in February, Maylands turned the tables with a fine 4-0 victory. Leading the way was Man of the Match Tommy Esom with two goals. Oliver Peach and Matt Climpson added singles.
Beaver Travel gained revenge for an opening day defeat by Oaklands when recording a 3-2 success.
All the goals came in the second half courtesy of Dan Lovett (two) and an own goal for Beaver with Tom Crowne and Ollie Franks replying for Oaklands who had Ed Garrod in outstanding form.
Three Hammers were held to a 2-2 draw by R�al Mail despite a fine performance from Paul Chunn and goals from Craig Taylor and Liam Wanless.
Brookmans Park Reserves were always up against it when two players didn’t show leaving the team with only 10 men resulting in Phoenix Reserves running out 6-0 winners.
Title chasing Nicholas Breakspear OB Res completed the double over Kings Head with a 3-0 victory.
Goals came from Paul Doonan (two), Man of the Match Derren Valydon and Devon Smith.
Ten-man O’Neills Celtic put in one of the best team performance this season when defeating Vision Res 4-1. All their goals came from the unstoppable Stuart Pearson.
Oaks took their fourth point from Wheathampstead ‘89 with a 5-2 win, mainly due to the fine goalkeeping of Jack Shepherd. Goals came from Harry Hunt (two), Scott Sherman, Matt Fulcher and Steve Dorer.
Lifted Music remain the team to catch in Division Three after a 4-1 win over Camp Albanians. Lifted got off to a slow start but eventually took the lead through top scorer Dave Horslen after a mistake from the Camp goalkeeper.
The lead was doubled just before half time when stand-in skipper Tom Middleditch finished a great move after being found unmarked at the far post by Lee Rowson.
Camp Albanians got themselves back into the game midway through the second half but it wasn’t long until Lifted regained their advantage through the ever reliable Horlsen, who was on hand to claim his second of the game and 16th of the season.
Keith Smith was Man of the Match and although it certainly wasn’t Lifted’s most convincing performance of the season it does mean they are another three points closer to back-to-back titles with just five games remaining.
Brookmans Park A team put in one of their best performances of the season in beating league leaders Skew Bridge Res 2-1.
The turning point at 0-0 was an outstanding save by ‘keeper Rob Egan, which kept the game level. Then goals from Alan Young and Ryan Painter put Park in control, and although an own goal from Andy Peacefull made things interesting Park held on. Steve Shepherd was brilliant at the heart of the Park defence and Dan Bathurst scored for Skew.
Marquis of Granby dominated against St Albans Royals. Alex Vaughan scored twice before Jason Slough hit a 25 yard free kick into the top corner to make it three. Vaughan flicked in another two, then Slough lobbed the ‘keeper for 6-0. Royals grabbed a last minute goal.
A lack of players turning up cost Sandridge Harvesters Sports dearly, going down 9-3 against Old Albanians Reserves. A great goal by Chris Wickens and two from Matt Irons didn’t lift Sports out of their slumber.
League leaders Harpenden Colts OB Reserves maintained top spot as they cruised to a 9-0 victory over lowly Alternative Quat Republique with a double brace from Andrew Cannons and singles from Steven Easterbrook, Alex Dennehy, Nick Waters, Glen Turner and Ben Neale.
Sam Lewis was outstanding for Colts whilst Andrew Cannons and Ben Neale were dominant in the Colts’ play.
Greenwood Park completed a double over Sandridge with an impressive 6-2 win.
Matt Thorn opened the scoring for Greenwood before Nick Fanshaw then made it 2-0. The second half saw Greenwood Park push on and Thorn soon scored his second.
Thorn then got his first hat-trick for the club after he scored from the edge of the box. Greenwood Park were then made to defend for 10 minutes and Sandridge duly scored, however Greenwood turned the screw again and Man of the Match Thorn got his fourth of the game. Andrew Dunstan scored his first goal for the club to make it six.
Dukes ended their recent losing run with a 5-3 away win over Wheathampstead ‘89 Res. Dukes dominated the first half, leading 3-1, thanks to a Nathan Connolly hat-trick. Wheathampstead reduced the deficit to 3-2 before further goals by Antony Brown and Kieran Forde either side of a Wheathampstead single.
The division’s in-form team AFC Crown put in a good all-round performance to defeat Oaks Reserves 6-1.
Man of the Match Gary Edward netted a hat-trick plus a brace from Mark Pearson and a Michael Cattermole single kept Crown’s title hopes very much alive. Tom Jackson replied for Oaks with Ben Gaines their outstanding player.
A poor first half display saw St Albans IFC go into half time trailing 1-0 to Phoenix A. After the break IFC dominated, creating numerous chances including missing a penalty but they couldn’t score. Maurice Newson was IFC’s Man of the Match.