Wanderers come out second best

North & Mid Herts League

North & Mid Herts League

Wodson Park 2 St Albans Wanderers 0

AFTER last week’s away win at Redbourn, St Albans Wanderers were brought back to earth by a young and pacy Wodson Park outfit.

With the wind at their backs, the Ware-based hosts made most of the early running, but were thwarted by determined play by Wanderers’ club captain, Tim Attwood.

Gradually, it was the visitors who took hold of the game, but were unable to convert chances into goals.

Rich Francis was a constant threat down the right, but there was no-one in the centre to take advantage of the opportunities. Indeed, an observation was made that Steve Brand, a right-footer cutting in from the left wing, ‘had more misses than Henry the Eighth!’

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At half-time, the score was 0-0 and Wanderers obviously hoped to take advantage of the wind. However, Wodson Park coped better with the weather, playing better football by keeping the ball on the floor.

Despite this, Wanderers had the majority of the second half possession, but no clear shots on goal.

Eventually, the home team made the break through. A through ball found Jack Borden on the hour mark and, despite the attention of four visiting defenders, he was able to lash home.

Driven on by their manager - Steve Owen - Wanderers pressed for the equaliser, but their hosts were now playing with a new-found confidence and a low ball into the penalty area was diverted into the goal by Jack Hoad with just five minutes to play.

Wanderers had no reply and so must hope for a return to winning ways, against St Ippolyts at Westminster Lodge on Saturday.