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3-1 defeat against Tigers

The 1st team lost 3-1 at home to London Tigers, Connor Bolton with the Hadley goal

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14/01/17, 3.00pm ko at Broadwater, HP4 2AL
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League position
18 Holmer Green 19 19
19 London Tigers 26 19
20 Hadley 21 17
21 Leighton Town 21 17
22 FC Broxbourne Borough 24 13

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The first team hosted London Tigers in an important game for both teams who are near the bottom of the league. We started very well and dominated the opening stages. We were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hesham Benmansour but Benmansour's effort was saved and the game remained goalless. Later in the half, Tigers were awarded a penalty after a defensive mix-up put their striker in on goal, his effort saved by Charlie Mann but Mann was adjudged to have fouled their striker in the process. Charlie Mann saved the penalty but our visitors scored from the rebound to give them a 1-0 lead. As it looked like we would be going into the break 1-0 down, a well taken header from Connor Bolton brought the scores level in stoppage time of the first half to make it 1-1 at half time. London Tigers restored their lead early on in the second half when we failed to clear the ball and their winger was then allowed too much space and time, and we got punished and found ourselves 2-1 down. Hesham Benmansour had a good chance to equalise but his effort was saved by the Tigers keeper. Apart from that, we didn't create a huge amount of chances in the second half and it was Tigers who got the all important next goal. We had a free kick in an attacking position, failed to get the ball in the box and were punished on the counter attack which made the score 3-1 and sealed the win for London Tigers.
Line-up: Mann, Mutlak (Gangadeen), Davite, Sedgley (Said), Elliott, Odusoga, Mulholland, Chrysanthou, Benmansour, Lukulay, Bolton
Subs not used: Gage, Flannery, Rennick

The home game against Wembley was postponed due to floodlight failure.

The first team travelled to near neighbours Cockfosters and came back on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. After a good start by us, two goals in quick succession gave our hosts a 2-0 lead midway through the first half. We created chances to get back in the game before half time, with Ibrahim Lukulay and Tyrone Mulholland both going close, but on both occasions the final finish did not do enough to test the Cockfosters keeper and we went into the break 2-0 down. We continued to play good football and create chances in the second half, and deserved to get back into the game, but on too many occasions we could not find the net after creating a good goalscoring opportunity. Overall it was a good team performance that the scoreline didn't reflect, but we need to convert our chances to start turning good performances into wins.

The first team returned to league action with a trip to Oxhey Jets. We took a 1-0 lead through a well taken Connor Bolton goal on his debut. Our hosts equalised in stoppage time of the first half to make it 1-1 at the break, and then nearly took a 2-1 lead but their close range header went just wide of our goal. We had a couple of chance to restore our lead in the second half, but could not convert, and the points were shared.
Line-up: Mann, Gage, Rennick, Milton, Elliott, Odusoga, Mulholland, Said (Flannery), Machado, Abela (Londono), Bolton
Subs not used: Gibbs, Lynch

Elsewhere, our Development team game against Harpenden Town Development was postponed due to floodlight failure. Our 'A' team drew 2-2 with league leaders Bovingdon reserves, Ricky Brown and Dave Pearce scoring the Hadley goals in that game.



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