Two from two as London Colney set the early pace in the league

Archie McClelland lines up to volley over the keeper and put London Colney ahead. Picture: DANNY LOO

Archie McClelland lines up to volley over the keeper and put London Colney ahead. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

London Colney are the early pacesetters in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division after a 2-1 win at home to Tring Athletic.

Ashley Morrissey and Archie McClelland got the goals that made it two wins from two in the league and four in four in total for the Blueboys.

Chris Vardy got the reply for the visitors.

London Colney started well with Jon Clements having two chances early on and they should have taken the lead when Jack Woods latched onto a poor backpass.

But after going around the keeper he fired his low drive wide of the far post.

Morrissey then had a shot saved after Woods had set him up and Woods himself fired in a shot that flashed just wide of the far post.

But on 35 minutes the Blueboys took the lead with a fine turn and shot from Morrissey which arced over the head of Jack Hopwood.

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Colney nearly scored a second just before half-time when Clements struck the outside of the post.

But six minutes into the second half Tring were level, Vardy sending a low strike past Tom Gowans to make it 1-1.

The Blueboys tried to hit back and Russell Gallagher, Clements and McClelland all went close.

And although Tring pressed hard, they failed to get a clear shot on goal and it was no surprise when the hosts regained the lead 11 minutes from time.

A long ball forward from the back saw Greg Shaw nod the ball on and although a Tring defender tried to head the ball clear, McClelland was onto it in a flash.

The Blueboys have their third home league game in a row tonight (Tuesday) when they face Crawley Green before embarking on a trip to Desborough Town on Saturday in the FA Cup preliminary round.

And the club are running a coach, leaving from the ground at 12pm.

It costs £10 for supporters who should meet at Cotlandswick at 11.45am.

Anyone interested should call Terry Edwards on 07443 541 477.