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Benmansour scores four in 5-3 win

Hesham Benmansour (4) and Ivan Machado scored to take all 3 points at Crawley Green

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Crawley Green 3 v 5 Hadley
Benmansour (4), Machado

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The first team had no game today. Our Development team drew 1-1 with Biggleswade United Development, Connor Lynch getting the Hadley goal in that game. Our 'A' team match at home to Chipperfield Corinthians Reserves was called off as our opponents could not raise a team.

This evening's Challenge Trophy tie away at Arlesey Town reserves has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The first team travelled to Barton Rovers FC, home of Crawley Green FC, and came back with a much-needed three points following an entertaining 5-3 win. We started well and should have taken the lead when Hesham Benmansour found himself free in the box with the keeper to beat, but he didn't really connect with his shot and the score remained goalless. It was our hosts who then took the lead, but we equalised soon after when a good pass from Bilal Sanchez put Hesham Benmansour in behind the Crawley Green defence to finish and make it 1-1. Our hosts then restored their lead from a corner to make it 2-1, and they then hit the crossbar from a long range shot. However, we again drew level, this time a long range shot from Gustavo Angel-Tamayo was not held by the Crawley Green keeper and Benmansour followed in to score from the rebound and make the score 2-2 at half time. Tom Milton replaced debutant Niyazi Yusuf at half time and we found ourselves ahead for the first time in the match with a great turn and volley from Hesham Benmansour to get his hat trick and put us 3-2 up. However, on a Crawley Green attack we failed to clear the ball and got punished for it as they scored to make it 3-3. In an end to end game, it was our turn to take the lead again, with Ivan Machado cutting in from the left hand side and unleashing a great shot that flew into the top corner to make it 4-3. We did not allow Crawley Green a way back this time, and sealed the win late on when Bilal Sanchez again fed Benmansour who cooly slotted home to score his fourth and give us a much-needed win. Overall, a great response to going behind twice in the game, and some great attacking football on show.
Line-up: Mann, Machado, Davite, Sedgley, Lyon, Angel-Tamayo, Mulholland, Sanchez, Yusuf (Milton), Lukulay, Benmansour
Subs not used: Elliott, Bwanga, Woodley

Our Development team had a good win, beating Risborough Rangers Development 4-2 thanks to goals from Alex Abela, Connor Lynch, Chinn Phinn-Archer and Mustafa Said.

Our 'A' team also had a good win, with Dave Pearce, Connor Fallon, Steve Weldon, Stephen Dodds and Chas Bayford getting the goals in a 5-0 win at Chipperfield Corinthians Reserves.

The first team hosted Sun Sports in the league and both teams came away with a point following a 3-3 draw. We took a 1-0 lead into half time after Sam Lyon converted from close range from a set piece cross. We felt that we could have increased our lead when a good shout for a penalty was turned down. We doubled our lead in the second half through a well taken solo goal from Zaine Gangadeen. Sun did not let their heads drop and pulled a goal back shortly after, before then equalising and taking a 3-2 lead. In an entertaining game for the neutrals, we then got back on level terms when Tyrone Mulholland scored from a direct free kick to make it 3-3. We nearly clinched the win in injury time when a good move saw Bilal Sanchez free inside the area but his effort was saved by the Sun keeper and the points were shared in what was probably a fair result overall.
Line-up: Mann, Milton (Gibbs), Woodley, Sedgley, Lyon, Elliott (Bwanga), Gangadeen (Benmansour), Mulholland, Machado, Lukulay, Sanchez
Subs not used: Sabag, Davite

Despite a good team performance, the first team lost 2-1 at Welwyn Garden City. We started well and had a couple of good chances to take the lead, but it was our hosts who broke the deadlock with a well taken header from inside the area to give them a 1-0 lead at half time. We started to apply a lot of pressure to the Welwyn backline at the start of the second half and deservedly got an equaliser when Ibrahim Lukulay's shot rebounded off the crossbar for Ivan Machado to tap home from close range. Once the scores were level, the game was very even, but it was Welwyn who had the cutting edge and they restored their lead to make it 2-1. Welwyn did well to see the game out and take all three points in a game where our performance deserved a share of the points.
Line-up: Mann, Milton (Gibbs), Davite (Gibson), Sedgley, Lyon, Elliott, Gangadeen, Mulholland, Machado, Lukulay, Sanchez
Subs not used: Bwanga

Elsewhere, our Development team had a good win, beating Welwyn Garden City Development 4-0 thanks to goals from Chinn Phinn-Archer, Rio Spencer-Kamli, Luke Foster and Mustafa Said. Our 'A' team got a point against Knebworth reserves following a 0-0 draw.



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