Reserves Match Reports 2011 – 12

 

Colts April Fools

 Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0, Marshallswick 2  

 Sunday 1 April 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

 Colts again underperformed as a team and allowed Marshallswick to threaten regularly down the flanks. When Colts did get their game together their final delivery left much to be desired and a creative counter attack saw Marshallswick score a well taken goal against the run of play. MoM Jack Woods made some valuable saves to deny the opposition, but eventually it was all in vain as the elusive equalizer remained so until a 2nd goal seconds from time secured victory for Marshallswick.

Colts see off Village People

Radlett Village 1, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 2  

Sunday 18 March 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

A transformed colts team sought to impose themselves upon Radlett and the first goal from a Jordan Walker 25 yard volley stunned the home team after only 15 minutes. Pulling themselves back into the game Radlett forced colts to defend in numbers. However, a creative counter attack saw Ross Payton emphatically finish from a Robbie Barker cross ball in the 18 yard box.

Typically colts relaxed and paid the price as Radlett pulled a goal back. The 2nd half saw colts dig in and resiliently clear 2 goal line moments before reimposing their dominance over a spirited Radlett team. MoM Steven Stratford embodied the colts determination to defend intelligently and build from the back. Following the dismissal of a Radlett centre back, colts pushed forward and although available space was exploited colts were denied further goals by an in form Radlett keeper.

 

Low Fives

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 5, Bar 62 5  

Sunday 11 March 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

A poor game reflecting the respective positions of both sides in the division. Colts started brightly and were 1-0 up thanks to Jordan Walkers 5th minute shot. However, Bar 62 clawed their way back into the game to lead 3-1 at half time.

A spited start to the 2nd half saw Colts pull back the deficit through Ross Payton and Rob Jackson, though 2 lapses in concentration allowed Bar 62 to restore a 2 goal lead.

Sheer perseverance kept all on their toes as Colts via an own goal and a second Jordan Walker goal equalized. Despite some poor football Colts came close to winning as George Baker’s shot hit the bar one minute from time and Bar 62 saw MoM Joel Gill, deputizing for Jack Woods, save one last effort that could have seen Bar 62 take the honours.

Colts crash to league leaders

 

Herts Mauritian 4, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0  

 

Sunday 4 March 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

 

Match report to come from Silver Fox 

 

Colts gain revenge over the Park

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 3, Brookmans Park A 1  

Sunday 26 February 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

Mom Steven Stratford and Huw Trevor inspired Colts to a deserved 3-1 victory over an organized Brookmans Park side. Lewis Paul calmly put Colts in front after 10 minutes from which the team steadily progressed. Complacency allowed Brookmans to equalize, but dogged resolve and endeavour saw John Sitkowski and Jack Anscomb restore Colts dominance – a deserved  3-1 victory and welcome respite from a recent run of poor results.

Colts fail to compete

Queens Head Reserves 3, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0  

Sunday 19 February 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

Match report to come from Silver Fox 

 

 

Colts hit low five

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0, Colney Heath Rangers Reserves 5

Sunday 29 January 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

Match report to come from Silver Fox 

 

 

Colts get lost in the park

Brookmans Park A 2, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0

 Sunday 22 January 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

A poor first half livened up in the second as both teams changed their style of play. Colts had been kept in the game by MoM Joel Gill with 3 excellent saves from which Colts started to impose themselves with an attacking passing game. Chances by Walker and Paul were defended well, but with the loss of Dixon Colts lost some of their rhythm and fell behind after Brookmans Park capitalized on a chance following yet another fine save from the Colts keeper. A second Brookmans park goal 5 minutes from the end consigned Colts to another frustrating defeat.

 

 

Colts give late Xmas Presents

Sandridge & Harvesters 5, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 2

 Sunday 8 January 2012               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4 

MoM Andy Luckhurst orchestrated some fine football from a Colts team destined to come 2nd in a high tempo game. Colts carelessly gave away a penalty in the 2nd minute and so the scene was set whereby Colts chased the game despite engineering long periods of dominance and goal scoring chances. Well taken goals by Marc Oakley and Jason Ling pulled back the deficit but having got back in the game Colts sloppy play gave the game away to Sandridge who took their chances and capitalized on Colts errors of judgement and positional play.

Pussy AwardJoel Gill – Giving the ball away when last in the back line for their 5th goal

 

Colts lose concentration

Colney Heath Rangers Reserves 2, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0

 Sunday 11 December 2011               Herts Advertiser Reserve Cup Qtr Final

 

MoM Sam Lewis ensured Colts pressured an organised Colney Heath side throughout the game. Colts came close to establishing a lead in the first half through Lewis, Luckhurst and Barker – but defensive resistance proved otherwise.

A lapse in concentration nearly let in Colney early in the 2nd half, but despite Colney pressure Colts held firm until a corner 20 minutes from time was poorly defended and Colney took a 1-0 lead. Despite Colts efforts, Colney repelled their attacks, and with seconds to go they evaded the high line to score a 2nd goal. 2-0 to Colney.

Figgy spoils Royal Pudding

St. Albans Royals 1, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 1

 Sunday 27 November 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves ground out a hard fought 1-1 draw against St. Albans Royals and after keeper Ricky Figg saved a penalty came from behind to equalise through midfielder Andy Luckhurst and then laying siege to the Royal goal for the last 15 minutes. Man  of the Match Josh Dixon was outstanding for Colts at full back well supported by the hard working Lewis Paul in midfield.

 

Shirra at the Double

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 5, Radlett Village 1

 Sunday 20 November 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves returned to winning ways with a comfortable fine 5-1 win over Radlett Village with a brace from Man of the Match Andy Shirra who also got a brace of assists as well as a brace from Freddie Warner and a single by Marc Oakley.  Graham Davies impressed in the Colts defence.

Gnome AwardFreddie Warner for a fine Torres moment

 

Colts Fine Play deserves Better

 Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 2, Sandridge 3

 Sunday 13 November 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

 Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves played well but despite a fine goal by man of the match Josh Dixon and a single by Lewis Paul they couldn’t get back into the game against a Sandridge side detirmined to protect their early lead.

Colts Fine Run Continues

 Marshallswick 1, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 2

 Sunday 6 November 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves recent fine form continued with a comfortable 2-1 win over Marshallswick with goals from Steven Easterbrook and Robbie Barker. Man of the Match midfielder Connor Brown was outstanding on his Colts debut well supported by Jack Anscombe and Lewis Paul.

 

Colts Harvest 1st Points

 Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 3, Sandridge & Harvesters Sports 1

 Sunday 30 October 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves gained their first league win of the seasons with MoM Lewis Paul dictating much of the play, dominating midfield with assured distribution and determination. A set back in the 3rd minute put Colts on the back foot, but goals by Marc Oakley and Jamie Gunson gave Colts a 2-1 lead at half time.Despite Sandridge creating chances, Colts absorbed the pressure with Andy Luckhurst sealing the points with Colts 3rd goal.

 

Colts gain revenge over Hares

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 3, Hare & Hounds Reserves 1

Sunday 23 October 2011               Herts Advertiser Reserve Cup R1

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves gained revenge over division 4 leaders Hare and Hounds reserves for an earlier league defeat when they deservedly won 3-1 in the Herts Advertiser Reserve Cup with goals from man of the match Robbie Barker, Huw Trevor and Marc Oakley.  Lewis Paul was outstanding in the Colts midfield well supported by stand in keeper Andy Luckhurst.

Colts snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory

Inter Hemel 5, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 3 (AET)

Sunday 16 October 2011               Herts Junior County Cup R1

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves were cruising at 3-1 up with 4 minutes left against Inter Hemel in the Herts Junior County with goals from Andy Cannons, Robbie Barker and a 30 yard screamer from Stephen Miller but loss of concentration gifted Hemel 2 late goals which then saw them go on to crash 5-3 after extra time

 

Much impoved Colts undone by indecision

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 0, St. Albans Royals 3

Sunday 9 October 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves produced a much improved performance against St. Albans Royals but they paid the penalty for hesitating in and around the box to crash 3-0 against a useful Royals side. Joshua Dixon was outstanding for Colts well supported by Richard Oxley and Stephen Miller.

A revamped defensive back 4 provided the basis to hold St Albans Royals and feed an energetic midfield pairing of Oxley and Sheridan. However 2 lapses of concentration and communication mix ups put Colts on the back foot from which they struggled to pull back a 2 goal deficit as the team lacked invention in their opponents half.

A breakaway 3rd goal ten minutes from the end sealed the Royals victory, but enough positives from the Old Boys to look forward and reverse this run of poor fortune.

Gnome Award: Duncan O’Hare: failing to convert a near open goal, meekly passing the ball to the opposition keeper.

10 men not enough for Colts

Hare & Hounds Reserves 8, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 2

Sunday 2 October 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts were outplayed and out passed by an impressive Hare and Hounds Reserve side and were always chasing the game with goals from Andy Cannons and Steven Easterbrook before going down to 10 men and falling to a 8-2 defeat. Defender Joel Gill impressed for Colts well supported by midfielder Jamie Gunson.

 Colts break miserable sequence

Wheathampstead Reserves 2, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 4

Sunday 25 September 2011               Herts Advertiser Junior Cup R1

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves returned to winning ways with a deserved 4-2 Herts Advertiser Junior Cup win against Wheathampstead 89 Reserves courtesy of a brace by Andy Cannons and singles by Marc Oakley and Steven Easterbrook. Sam Lewis and Stephen Miller were pillars of strength in the Colts central

Colts fall to Route 1

Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 1, Herts. Mauritians 3

Sunday 18 September 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves thought that they were on their way to breaking their miserable run of results when man of the match Alex Palmer netted 10 minutes before the break but they got caught by 3 route one goals to crash 3 -1 in a game they really should have got something out of. Jordan Walker was a constant threat up front for Colts with Joel Gill working hard at the back.

Colts Bar Hangover

Bar 62  4, Harpenden Colts OB Reserves 3

Sunday 11 September 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

In a game that they deserved more out of Harpenden Colts OB Reserves opened the scoring against Bar 62 with a fine goal by Andy Cannons but they found themselves caught too many times on the break finally going down 4-3 despite pulling goals back through an own goal and a Marc Oakley penalty. Joel Gill was outstanding for Colts in defence with Liam Prince working hard in midfield.

 

Colts lose their heads

 Harpenden Colts OB reserves 2, Queens Head Reserves 4

 Sunday 4 September 2011               Herts Advertiser Sunday League Division 4

Harpenden Colts Old Boys Reserves marked their Division 4 debut with a 4-2 defeat against a good ball playing Queens Head side and despite well taken goals by Alex Dennehy and debutant Jordan Walker and matching Queens Head with some good football lapses in concentration saw Colts crash. Ricky Figg was outstanding in the Colts goal playing through injury well supported by a determined performance by debutant Liam Prince at the back.