Unbeaten Town edge past Amersham

Danny Plumb (white) on the sidelines

Danny Plumb (white) on the sidelines - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town kept their unbeaten record with a 2-1 win over Amersham Town on Saturday.

Town are now second in the league, just pipped by Baldock Town on goal difference, who they meet in a top of the table clash on Wednesday, August 27.

It’s the start of a vital and arduous series of three away matches in seven days all against top 10 teams in SSML Division One.

After Baldock, Harpenden take on London Lions in ninth position on Saturday, August 30 then fifth-placed Hatfield Town on September 2 in a Division One cup tie.

Town manager Danny Plumb said: “The Amersham game was a bit of a car crash but the players showed their character in the second half to come from behind and score twice.

“Now I need maximum commitment from the players with three away games, two of them midweek evening matches, in the space of seven days all against top teams.

“We will need to rotate the team over this period and really use the strength of the squad.”

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On Saturday Harpenden went behind to a 21 minute penalty taken by Amersham’s Dean Pearce and they remained behind until the break after a lacklustre first half.

Only in the second period did Harpenden start to get on top.

In a crazy 60 seconds Harpenden were awarded a penalty for handball, which was saved by keeper Billy Sharp, only to get a second penalty for a foul in the goalmouth scramble from the rebound. James Yates converted the second penalty to level the score.

Harpenden were now on top and Nick Elliot hit the post with a scorching 30 yard shot on 83 minutes. Finally the pressure paid off and substitute Mark Hitchcock converted an Elliot corner with a glancing header that gave the goalkeeper no chance for the winner.

Harpenden’s next home game is on National Non-League Day, Saturday, September 6 in Rothamsted Park against Wodson Park. There will be no Premiership or Championship games that weekend and all non-league games will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.