Ten goals scored as Colney Heath defeat a St Albans City XI
GOALS flew in at the Recreation Ground as Colney Heath defeated a St Albans City XI 6-4 in a pre-season clash this afternoon (Saturday).
St Albans, whose first team were in action on the same afternoon losing 3-1 to the Belarus Olympic Games side, started brightly against The Magpies.
They raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening six minutes with Aaron Lansiquot converting a Dave Parkinson through-ball before Parkinson capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Tom Blackman to get his name on the scoresheet.
Heath responded and eight minutes in the hard-working Josh Humbert headed home past keeper David Bailey.
In an entertaining clash Lansiquot chipped just over while at the other end Bradley Harrison cut in from the left flank but shot straight at Bailey on the half-hour mark.
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Ex-Potters Bar Town man Harrison was not to be denied his goal for long.
On 34 minutes Humbert drove forward from the middle of the park, picked out Harrison on the edge of the box and he fired into the right side of goal to level.
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St Albans were a whisker away from re-taking the lead when Lansiquot knocked the ball across the face of goal, it just eluded Rob Haworth and Elliot Bailey fired against the post.
With five minutes to go to the break Lansiquot surged into the Heath box and his driven cross was turned into his own goal by right back Paul Taylor.
The end of the first half goal-action was not finished.
Heath equalised for the second time in the match as Jamie Eames converted at the far post just before the break.
Both sides made a host of changes at half-time, but their goal-scoring exploits continued.
City were first to strike through Eligh Ogunsewe only for Kevin Ashwood to respond immediately for Heath making the score 4-4.
The hosts had a golden chance to take the lead for the first time when the referee awarded them a penalty after Humbert was tripped by keeper Bailey.
Eames took responsibility, however Bailey redeemed himself and turned the spot-kick around his right-hand post.
A moment of class then saw Heath go ahead.
A long ball forward from centre-half Glenn Draper was controlled by Ashwood who in his next movement expertly lobbed Bailey.
In the closing stages Heath added a sixth as Ashwood headed a right wing cross goalwards where Humbert tapped home to make sure.