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Tring Athletic 1 v 1 Hadley
Berkhamsted v Hadley
16/01/18, 7.45pm ko at Broadwater, HP4 2AL
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The first team travelled to Tring Athletic and came back with a share of the points following a 1-1 draw. After an even and goalless first half where we were dealt an early blow with striker Jeff Idemudia coming off with a shoulder injury, we started to get on top playing down the slope in the second half and took the lead through Kerkstun Macpherson from the penalty spot after Ibrahim Camara was fouled in the box. We looked comfortable and well organised as the game looked to be coming to an end, but we did give a couple of free kicks away in our half which gave our hosts a chance. One of the free kicks was floated into the box and a slight defensive mix-up allowed Dave O'Connor to equalise with two minutes of normal time remaining. We had a couple of corners in injury time but the game finished 1-1.
Line-up: Bowman, Shirley-Clarke, Bartram, Milton, O'Hara, Davite, Ferguson, Anwar, Idemudia (Buraimoh), Macpherson (White), Camara
Subs not used: Karagozlu, King, Osborne
The reserves had a good win, beating Wodson Park reserves 2-1 thanks to goals from Stephen Dodd and Jordan Gill.
The first team hosted London Tigers and took all three points following a very good performance and a 4-0 win. Jake King gave us the lead with a great strike from the edge of the area before a Tom Milton header made it 2-0. Jake King then doubled his tally with another good finish to make it 3-0 at half time. We increased our lead in the second half when an Alfie Bartram cross was headed home by Jeff Idemudia to make it 4-0. Overall, an excellent performance and deserved win.
Line-up: Bowman, Milton, Bartram, Collins-Ugochukwa, Wright, O'Hara, King (Shirley-Clarke), Ferguson, Idemudia (Eusebe), Camara, Turay (Karagozlu)
Subs not used: Davite, Buraimoh
By Daniele Accurso
A Sam Edwards hat-trick drove Hadley to a first league win in seven attempts. Coming off the back of a 3-0 away defeat to Welwyn Garden City in the Premier Division Cup Semi-Final last weekend and having last won in the league back in late October, Hadley needed to end the rot. Facing 5th placed Hoddesdon Town was never going to be easy, yet Hadley brushed aside the form table, running out 3-1 winners on a bitterly cold day.
Hoddesdon Town started the brighter of the two sides, with dangermen Melford-Rowe and Johnson finding room in behind of Hadley’s defence. Kyle Johnson nearly put the visitors ahead after just 2 minutes. A smart run across the face of goal was followed by a deft finish by Johnson but goalkeeper Myles Bowman was equal to the cunning effort, pulling off a smart save down to his left.
Hoddesdon were to pay for that miss just minutes later. Tariq Turay, who was excellent all game, won a free-kick on the edge of Hoddesdon’s box after having his shirt pulled. Sam Edwards stepped up and his fierce shot took a wicked deflection which wronged foot Farrow in goal. 1-0 Hadley.
Two chances in succession followed for Hadley on the 13th and 15th minute. Luke Alfano’s cross was headed downwards but cleared off the line. Turay then found Paul Wright on the edge of the box but the captain’s precise shot went inches wide of the post.
Turay should have scored on the 35th minute having been played through one-on-one but his attempt went wide of the post. Hoddesdon at this point looked shocked, with 14th placed Hadley the far superior team.
After the restart, Hadley were straight out of the blocks and soon doubled their advantage. Jeff Idemudia fed Sam Edwards through on goal and after some nice footwork to round the keeper’, the midfielder tapped home his second goal of the match.
Then, two minutes of madness. With Hadley breezing and Hoddesdon rattled, emotions were running high and a mini-altercation erupted. Paul Wright and Hoddesdon’s Kyle Johnson were both showed yellows. This was to be the warm-up to the real event. On the 55th minute, with Hoddesdon Town on the attack, another scuffle randomly ensued in the box; this time the referee had had enough. Paul Wright was shown red whilst Kyle Johnson was also given his marching order.
Now down to 10 men, Hadley had to reorganise. The hard-running Turay switched to the wing which formed a 4-4-1 shape.
However it was Hoddesdon who adapted to life with 10 men better. On the 63rd minute, Leigh Rose turned in the box and calmly slotted past Bowman to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Sam Edwards up the other end soon after thought he had completed his hat-trick. Once again running through the centre, Edwards rounded the keeper’, tucked home the finish but was unfortunately called for offside.
Hadley were now on the back foot and defending for their lives in the last 15 minutes. Hoddesdon, throwing the proverbial “kitchen sink” at Hadley, sent powerful centre-back Louis Bowen upfront in search of an equaliser.
It was this need for an equaliser which left Hoddesdon Town exposed at the back. Ibrahim Camara, who had just come on, had an immediate impact for the Bricks, winning a penalty after some trickery in the box. Sam Edwards stepped up and coolly placed his penalty in the bottom right corner which finalised his hat-trick.
A competent, well-drilled Hadley were the deserved winners in what was very much the Sam Edwards show.
Hadley: Myles Bowman, Tom Milton, Alfie Bartram, Mark Collins-Ugo Chukwa, Paul Wright ©, Stephen O’Hara, Luke Alfano, Sam Edwards, Jake King (Jonathan Davite, 82), Tariq Turay (Ibrahim Camara, 87) , Jeff Idemudia (Rhys Shirley-Clarke, 73).
Unused substitutes: Jerome Eusebe, Yemi Buraimoh.
Hoddesdon Town: Damien Farrow, Jake Bowden, Dom N’Joya, Dan Ferringo, Louis Bowen, Tom Massey, Connor Scully, Louis Rose ©, Kyle Johnson, Leigh Rose, Emmanuel Melford-Rowe.
Report By Daniele Accurso
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