Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4, Maylands 1
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 15 May 2011
Playing Maylands, Harpenden Colts Old Boys manager Steve Oakley was forced into 7 changes from last week’s cup winning side and an upset looked on the cards when Maylands took a wind assisted lead after 32 minutes when the ball sailed over a stranded Charlie Collins in the Colts goal but they fought back and once Oli Spicer had pulled a goal back just before the break they then cruised to a 4-1 victory with further goals from Jonny Richardson, Will Bates and Tom Dyball who provided 2 assists and also hit the woodwork 4 times in an outstanding performance in the Colts midfield. Dan Fensome also impressed in the Colts midfield with Chris Ellis looking assured in the Colts defence as they secured the League award for the least goals conceded for the season.
With Steve Oakley having to make big changes it took a while for Colts to settle into this game and after Tom Dyball rattled the bar after 18 minutes Colts pressed for most of the half but they were caught when they game the ball away after 32 minutes and a long range shot sailed over a stranded Charlie Collins in the Colts goal to put Maylands ahead. Will Bates then saw 2 one on ones saved before Colts got back on level terms 3 minutes before the break when Oli Spicer saw his header from a Tom Dyball corner saved but he was first to react to the loose ball to force home a deserved equaliser.
With Colts stepping up a gear ahead Tom Dyball then hit the bar before after 64 minutes a Tom Dyball free kick was only parried by the keeper and Jonny Richardson was first to the loose ball to force home to put colts 2-1 ahead. Dyball then hit the post before Will Bates was then on hand 6 minutes later to force home another loose ball after the keeper parried a Colin Arnsby shot to make it 3-1. Tom Dyball then hit the post shortly after but with Colts now cruising Dyball capped a fine performance when he forced the ball home to make it 4-1 after the keeper saved his penalty after Oli Spicer was brought down in the box after 85 minutes. Colts then had to survive a last minute scare to their quest for the leagues best defence award but they survived to make it a treble trophy winning season for Colts.
Matt Richardson fires Double Winners!
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 5, Queens Head Sandridge 0
Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup Final Sunday 8 May 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys upset the form books with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Premiership Champions and 4 times winners Queens Head Sandridge in the Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup Final at Clarence Park with a brace of goals form Man of the Match Matt Richardson and singles from James Warner, Stuart Brown and Will Bates. Stuart Brown, Dan Fensome and David Keenleyside were outstanding in the Colts midfield with James Warner playing in his first start for 2 months following injury providing lively support in the Colts front line.
Colts dominated from the 4th minute when Matt Richardson turned his marker from a James Warner lay back to fire home inside the far post to set Colts on their way. Great work by James Warner on the left flank saw him beat 2 markers to cross for Stuart Brown to force home 5 minutes from the break to set Colts on their way for a cup upset at the break. With keeper Charlie Collins rarely troubled Colts made it 3-0 after 54 minutes when James Warner sent Matt Richardson down the left flank and his cross saw Warner force home on the far post to make it 3-0. Forced injury substitutions did not halt the Colts momentum and subs Tom Dyball and Will Bates combined to make it 4-0 after 78 minutes when James Whitehurst sent Tom Dyball clear down the left flank and after cutting inside his shot rebounded off the crossbar to see Will Bates force home with an overhead kick on the far post to make it 4. Matt Richardson then capped a fine display when he won possession outside the box on 88 minutes to curl one low inside the far post to make it a comprehensive 5-0 well deserved 5-0 victory for Colts and a league and cup double.
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 3, Church End 1
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 1 May 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys clinched the Herts. Advertiser Division 1 title with a workmanlike 3-1 victory over Church End with goals by Stuart Brown, Matt Richardson and man of the match Dan Fensome who also capped a fine display with 2 assists. Stuart Brown was outstanding anchoring the Colts midfield with Matt Richardson working hard leading the Colts front line.
Colts created a number of chances before after 16 minutes Stuart Browns strength won a loose ball and a give and go with Dan Fensome saw Brown driving the ball hard and low from 30 yards inside the far post. Matt Richardson then went close with a header from close range from a corner before after 33 minutes he took a lay back from Dan Fensome to hit a screamer from 20 yards to make it 2-0 at the break.
With Colts keeper rarely troubled a moment of madness after 60 minutes saw a shove in the box and Church End’s prayers answered with a penalty to put a goal back. Colts restored their 2 goal lead 4 minutes later when a knock back from Matt Richardson saw Dan Fensome fire a fine left footed drive. Colts then created numerous chances and it was only the brilliance of the Church End keeper that kept the score down as he pulled off fine saves from Tom Dyball, Dan Fensome and Stuart Brown.
Arnsby leaves Bells at Sixes and Sevens
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 7, Six Bells 0
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 24 April 2011
Man of the Match Colin Arnsby was simply unstoppable on the overlap as he claimed 4 assists in Harpenden Colts Old Boys comprehensive 7-0 win against Six Bells with goals by Will Bates, Oliver Spicer, Dan Fensome, Andy Shirra, a brace by David Keenleyside and an own goal completing the tally. Jonny Richardson was outstanding in the Colts midfield well supported by Tom Brennan at the back. Manager Steve Oakley also gave debuts to keeper Ricky Figg and midfielder Andy Shirra and pronounced himself very happy with their performances.
Colts started well and created numerous chances and on 3 occasions Stuart Brown went close before after 19 minutes the outstanding Colin Arnsby overlapped on the right flank and collecting a knock back curled in a superb cross with his left foot for Oli Spicer to attack and glance home to make it 1-0. Colts still pressed and they made it 2-0 after 39 minutes when Will Bates wriggled free on the left flank and was brought down as he cut behind the defender in the box and Dave Keenleyside made no mistake with the resultant penalty.
The second half saw the Six Bells keeper in great form as he pulled off a string of outstanding save to keep Six Bells in the game but Colts broke through after 52 minutes when Will bates was again brought down after a surging run into the box and Dave Keenleyside netted the resultant penalty on the rebound after the keeper saved his first strike. Colts pulled away after 72 minutes when Will Bates was slipped in by Stuart Brown and rounded the keeper before slotting past the defender covering the line. With Colts now cruising 3 goals in 4 minutes made it game over as Colin Arnsby ran riot on the Colts right flank. 8 minutes from time Colin Arnsby received a give and go on the by-line and his cut back was met on the near post by Dan Fensome to make it 5-0. A minute later Colin Arnsby repeated the trick and his simply unplayable cross was turned in over the line by the desperate lunge by the Six Bells midfielder to make it 6-0 and two minutes later it was Arnsby again in an almost identical move but this time it was Andy Shirra who gambled on the near post to slide in and make it a seventh heaven for Colts.
Pussy Award – Stuart Brown – 3 great chances but awarded for putting it wide from 4 yards.
Spicer makes it 4th time unlucky for Phoenix
Phoenix 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 17 April 2011
Well taken goals by Will Bates and Oliver Spicer gave league leaders Harpenden Colts Old Boys a title chasing boost as they overcame a hard working second placed Phoenix side 2-1 to move 4 points clear at the top. Man of the match Chris Ellis was tireless in the Colts midfield well supported by Dan Fensome and Stuart Brown whilst the mercurial David Keenleyside was a constant menace on the Colts flank.
Colts were well up for this game and got amongst Phoenix from the start. Will Colts having much the better of the early exchanges Stuart Brown and Dan Fensome both went close after great moves before the pair combined to see Stuart Browns killer pass slip Will Bates in to slot home past the advancing keeper to make it 1-0 after 15 minutes. With Colts increasingly dominant disaster struck after 33 minutes when they failed to attack a long high ball and the ball bounced over the advancing Charlie Collins to give Phoenix the softest of tap ins.
Colts resumed the second half with a passion and Will Bates twice went close before Dave Keenleyside won a free kick coming in off the right flank and his perfectly flighted kick saw Oliver Spicer ghost in unmarked for a free header that almost broke the net to restore a deserved Colts lead. Colts could have gone further ahead when a great through run under pressure by Start Brown saw him forced wide by the keeper but his goal attempt crept just wide. Colts looked good for their win but they have it all to do again next week.
Pussy Award – Charlie Collins – (Bouncy – bouncy).
Keenleyside raises the bar
FC Potters Bar 0, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 10 April 2011
A brace of assists by David Keenleyside set up goals for Stuart Brown and Richard Oxley as Harpenden Colts Old Boys maintained their title push with a hard fought 2-0 victory over top of the table Potter Bar to raise the bar for the other challengers. Charlie Collins was outstanding in the Colts goal with a number of vital second half saves with well supported by Chris Ellis as stand in central defender and Matt Richardson in midfield.
Colts started brightly pressing for every ball and when David Keenleyside won possession after 5 minutes his first touch pass split the central defenders to send Stuart Brown clear to rifle home past the advancing keeper. Stuart Brown again went close when put through again midway through the half but Colts extended their lead after 40 minutes when a corner by Stuart Brown saw David Keenleyside rise and his powerful header parried by the keeper to Richard Oxley who forced the ball home from close range.
The second half saw Colts not press as they had done in the first half giving Potters Bar more time and possession and keeper Charlie Collins had to make some great saves from a through ball and also twice from breakaways but Colts defended well and also created chances for Stuart Brown and Will Bates whist David Keenleyside also went close with a flighted free kick. Colts held on through some last minute pressure to take all the points to go back to top of the table.
Colts grind out the points
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 3, AFC Rangers Reserves 1
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 3 April 2011
Once again Harpenden Colts Old Boys found themselves going behind, this week to a soft penalty before but they raised their game after the break to win 3-1 against AFC Rangers Reserves with goals from Jon Richardson, Tom Dyball and man of the match Stuart Brown. Tom Brennan was outstanding in the Colts defence with captain Chris Ellis impressing providing 2 assists.
Colts started the brighter of the two sides but AFC went ahead against the run of play after 18 minutes when a soft penalty was given away after 2 defenders needlessly committed themselves in the box to go 1-0 down. Colts carried on pressing but too often the decision making on passes was not as good as normal and the ball was given away with long range hopeful punts field.
The half time hairdryer sorted matters and straight from the kick off Colts put together numerous short passes to see Will Bates and Stuart Brown combining for Chris Ellis to fire a fierce shot that rebounded to Jon Richardson to volley home from 10 yards. With Colts now well and truly up for it and the number of long range passes reducing a break out on the counter after 60 minutes saw Chris Ellis feed Tom Dyball on a surging run and after his first shot was blocked his determination saw him the stronger in the follow up to brush aside the defender to fire home on the rebound to give Colts a deserved lead. Colts continued to look good with Charlie Collins in the Colts goal commanding and confident in dealing with anything coming his way and Colts went further ahead after 79 minutes to seal the game when once again Tom Dyball was fed on the left and his surging run saw him cross to the far post for Stuart Brown to force home. Oliver Spicer worked hard at full back for Colts whilst Sam Lewis had a competent debut for the first team.
Pussy Award – James Whitehurst – for giving away the softest of penalties.
Collins delivers Knockout blow
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 1, Phoenix 1 (aet)
Harpenden Colts win 5-4 on penalties
Herts. Advertiser Knockout Club Semi final Sunday 27 March 2011
Keeper Charlie Collins was Harpenden Colts Old Boys penalty shoot out hero as Colts won 5-4 on penalties to clinch a place in the Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup final on 8 May after the match finished 1-1 at the end of extra time with a penalty by Tom Dyball giving colts a first half lead before Phoenix got back on terms midway in the second half. James Warner, Stuart Brown, James Whitehurst, Jason Ling and Tom Dyball were all on the mark with their penalties in the shoot out before Charlie Collins saved the last Phoenix penalty to put Colts through to the final.
Colts looked good in the early stages but a determined Phoenix side closed them down at every opportunity and the Colts passing game suffered as a result. Chances came in and around the box and James Warner and Will Bates were close before after 23 minutes Stuart Brown was hacked down as he turned to shoot in the box and Tom Dyball made no mistake from the resultant penalty to put Colts 1-0 up at the break.
The second half saw Phoenix with more possession and Colts were undone by a simple give and go after 53 minutes to put Phoenix level. Colts then created more chances and when Will Bates was put clean through he was unlucky to see his long range lob beat the keeper but rebound off the inside of the post and somehow say out of the goal. With extra time the Phoenix keeper was forced into a couple of great saves from Stuart Brown and James Warner whilst Charlie Collins had to spread himself to keep Phoenix out late in the game. Penalties and nail biting tension but Colts held their nerve before Charlie Collins saved the last Phoenix penalty sparking the biggest bundle seen for some time at the Redbournabou.
Pussy Award – Chris Ellis for making a complete mess of a free kick.
Colts fail to answer call to Arms
Verulam Arms 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 0
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 20 March 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys surrendered top spot to send the division 1 title race wide open after a second poor performance in two weeks, this time against second bottom side Verulam Arms, saw them concede a soft early goal from a set play and then not take their chances after laying siege to the Arms goal for most of the second half to finally go down 1-0. Oliver Spicer battled hard for Colts as did Matt Richardson in the Colts midfield.
Colts survive early scare
Old Albanians 2, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 6
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 13 March 2011
A depleted Harpenden Colts Old Boys regained top spot after recovering from the shock of being 2-0 down after 13 minutes to bottom side Old Albanians but they recovered to cruise to a 6-2 victory with a hat-trick by man of the match Stuart Brown with singles by James Warner, Oliver Spicer and a screamer on the turn by Matt Richardson. Colin Arnsby was impressive at left back for Colts with Dan Fensome working hard in midfield.
With late cry of from injuries and other unavailability’s Manager Steve Oakley had to name himself as sub for this game and Colts had to overcome their own lethargic mindset to get back into this game after twice falling asleep at corners in the 10th and 13th minutes to go 2-0 down against the leagues bottom club. Colts started to pick themselves up and after 27 minutes a throw in by Chris Newcombe saw the ball returned to him and his cross swept in on the turn by James Warner to pull back the deficit. Colts were back on terms 4 minutes later when another cross was headed back by James Warner for Stuart Brown to fire a fine left footed volley home form 10 yards to make it 2-2. Colts then almost gifted another goal when they needlessly lost possession in the middle of the park and it took a fine save by keeper Charlie Collins to keep them on terms. Colts took the lead in injury time of the first half when a Matt Richardson free kick into the box saw Oliver Spicer rise to glance a header home.
Half time saw one hair dryer of a team talk and Colts resumed the second half with a big step up in their game. The raised game was rewarded after 55 minutes when the marauding Colin Arnsby fed Matt Richardson who with his back to goal rolled his marker superbly to fire an absolute screamer to make it 4-2. With Colts now well on top and with more time and space Stuart Brown increased the lead after 68 minutes by curling a free kick from 25 yards around the wall to make it 5-2. Ten minutes later Stuart Brown completed his hat-trick by latching onto a James Warner flick on from a Colin Arnsby pass to make it 6-2 and a banana skin disposed of.
Colts douse Phoenix flame
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 3, Phoenix 0
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 6 March 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys ended Phoenix’s record as the only unbeaten side in the league with a well worked 3-0 win with goals from Matt Richardson, James Warner and a rare strike by Man of the Match defender Chris Newcombe. James Whitehurst and Oliver Spicer were outstanding on Colts left flank well supported by Stuart Brown in midfield and Chris Ellis at the back.
With this game being the proverbial six pointer Colts were well up for this game and took the play to Phoenix from the start and from the pressure won a corner after 13 minutes which Matt Richardson curled directly in under the bar to put Colts ahead. Colts created more chances and Jimmy Warner went close and the keeper was forced to save from Matt Richardson and Will Bates to keep Phoenix in the game at half time.
The second half continued to see Colts with most of the play but it took a route one clearance by keeper Charlie Collins to give the phoenix defender and keeper all sorts of problems as they failed to attack the ball and Jimmy Warner was on hand to nick the ball and then slot home from a wide angle to put Colts well and truly in the driving seat. Matt Richardson was then unlucky to see a great drive pushed onto the bar by the keeper but after 77 minutes Chris Newcombe had to work hard after being sold short but he won the tackle and his momentum took him towards the retreating Phoenix defence and his low right foot drive went between the defenders legs and low into the far corner to make it a rare but superb goal and make it game over.
Pussy Award – James Warner for firing over from 8 yards.
Colts 7th heaven as James Warner nets 300th Goal
Six Bells 3, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 7
Herts. Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 27 February 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys had to come from behind to cruise to a 7 – 3 win over Six Bells as man of the Match James Warner clinched his 300th goal for the club whist bagging a hat-trick supported by singles from Will Bates, Matt Richardson, Jason Ling and Stuart Brown who looked impressive upon his return from injury. Tom Brennan and Chris Ellis were outstanding for Colts anchoring the Colts back line.
Once again Colts created but did not take a number of early chances and they paid the price after 28 minutes when they only half cleared a corner and failed to press the ball to see a measured lob back put them a goal down. Colts levelled 6 minutes later when Tom Dyball fed Stuart Brown wide on the left and he cut inside the box to cross to the far post for Will Bates to plant a trademark one yard header home for the equaliser. Within 4 minutes Colts were ahead. Tom Dyball drove down the left to put a cross field ball to the far side of the box for James Warner to power home past defenders on the line. James Warner was on had again to cap a fine performance with a solo dribble past 4 players in the box to thump home inside the far post to make it 3 goals in 7 minutes for Colts and a much easier half time team talk for manager Steve Oakley.
Colts made it 4-1 after just 4 minutes of the second half when James Warner scored his 300th goal for the club in 290 appearances and his hat-trick by latching on to a rebound from a Tom Dyball shot to fire home on the turn from 15 yards. With Colts now cruising they then stopped pressing the ball and watched as Six Bells midfield were given time and space on the ball to pull a long range goal back after 69 minutes but Colts responded within a minute when Matt Richardson was first to a Tom Dyball corner to make it 5-2. Almost immediately Colts switched off again when a lazy line up and response to a free kick saw a drifted ball into the box with 3 Bells players in space to force home from close range. Colts then hit back after 77 minutes when Stuart Brown was slipped in by Jon Richardson for a one on one with the keeper his first shot was half blocked and with 2 defenders trying to clear it form the line Brown was first to the ball to force it home to make it 6-3 and ask for whom the sixth bell tolled. Colts were then in seventh heaven after 81 minutes when a Jimmy Warner shot was blocked and the ball rebounded to Jason Ling on the edge of the box to fire home to seal the match.
Pussy Award – Matt Richardson for scooping over the bar from 4 yards.
King Matt trumps Jacks
Blackberry Jack 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4
Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup Qtr Final Sunday 13 February 2011
Division 1 side Harpenden Colts Old Boys came from behind to clinch a Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup semi final place with a fine 4-1 win over Premiership outfit Blackberry Jack as Man of the Match Matt Richardson inspired Colts with 3 assists as a brace by Will Bates and singles by Oliver Spicer and the outstanding James Warner sealed a well deserves victory for Colts. Tom Brennan impressed in the Colts defence with Chris Ellis and Dan Fensome working hard in the Colts midfield.
Colts were well up for this game (apart from Matt who had to be knocked up) but they made a slow start giving the opposition too much time on the ball and they were caught on the counter after 11 minutes when a ball played inside the defence saw the Jacks winner in on goal placing the ball inside the far angle to put Jacks ahead. Colts then started to close the game down and chances fell to Dan Fensome before after 24 minutes Matt Richardson sent a great defence splitting ball to Jimmy Warner who after his first effort was blocked by the keeper laid the ball back for Will Bates to volley home through the defending lunges With Colts now getting more of the play they deservedly went ahead after 35 minutes when a Matt Richardson corner was only half cleared and Jimmy Warner simply lashed the ball home at an angle through the crowded box.
The second half saw Colts continue to press and pick up most of the bits and pieces and after 78 minutes Colts effectively sealed the game when Good interchange play between Chris Newcombe, James Warner and Dan Fensome saw Dan Fensome’s cross into the box met by Matt Richardson and parried by the keeper but Will Bates was first to the loose ball to force home to make it 3-1. With more spaces appearing Colts had much more room and in injury time a free kick into the box by Matt Richardson saw Ollie Spicer ghost in on the blind side to firmly head home to make it 4-1 and a semi final appearance for Colts.
Pussy Award – Matt Richardson for not getting out of bed unaided.
Warner scissors cuts down AFC
AFC Rangers Reserves 0, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 1
Herts Advertiser Division 1 Sunday 6 February 2011
A much depleted Division 1 side Harpenden Colts Old Boys had to grind out a 1-0 win against AFC Rangers Reserves after a James Warner scissor kick put them ahead in the 24th minute and although they created further chances they still had to defend well against AFC late in the game. Tom Brennan was outstanding at the back for Colts well supported by full backs Ollie Spicer and Chris Newcombe.
Colts were in truth always in charge of this match and they should have been 3-0 up before the break with the AFC keeper making 2 fine saves from James Warner. A great flighted ball from James Whitehurst after 24 minutes saw James Warner get behind the defence and a well taken scissor kick over the advancing keeper saw Colts ahead.
The rest of the dame saw Colts denominate with keeper Charlie Collins rarely troubled but Colts did have to defend well in the final third late in the game to maintain a clean sheet and all of the spoils.
Pussy Award – Craig Stearn for a spectacular air shot attempting a volley
Colts fall to late penalties
London Road 3, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2
Herts Advertiser Challenge Cup Qtr Final Sunday 23 January 2011
Division 1 side Harpenden Colts Old Boys crashed out of the quarter final of the Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup against Premier outfit London Road when they conceded 2 penalties in the last 4 minutes to crash 3-2 in a game that they looked like winning. Colts came from behind to equalise with a Tom Dyball penalty late in the first half and they went ahead with a close range strike from Will Bates but they failed to take numerous other chances to seal the game before conceding 2 soft penalties to spoil the cup upset that their team play deserved. Dan Fensome and Richard Oxley worked hard in the Colts midfield whilst Tom Brennan lead the back line for Colts.
Colts looked like being overrun in the first 15 minutes of this match as they took time to step up a gear to match their premier division opponents but they created a number of chances for the lively James Warner and Will Bates only to concede after 20 minutes when a floated corner was not dealt with and the ball was forced home from close range from a scramble. Colts stepped their game up and pressed well for the half and were unlucky when Will Bates turned his marker only to see his angled shot hit the crossbar. Colts deservedly drew level after 43 minutes when James Warner wriggled past the defender in the box but was held back and Tom Dyball buried the resultant penalty.
The second half saw Colts getting increasing amounts of space and time on the ball but they had to survive a penalty scare when Tom Brennan was adjudged to have fouled in the box with the London Road player going to ground very late. A weak penalty saw keeper Charlie Collins divining well low to his right to smother the ball and keep Colts in the game and lifted by this Colts seemed to find yet another gear. A break out on the counter saw Jon Richardson move the ball up field with James Warner and Dan Fensome interchanging to see Dan Fensome switch play to the left and Tom Dyball cross shot bundled in from close range by Will Bates to give Colts a deserved lead. Colts should have sealed it minutes later when another counter attack saw another cross from the flank and Dan Fensome arriving late into the box was unlucky to see his side foot volley drift over the bar. Colts then started to defend too deep inviting London Road to come on to the defence and disaster struck when 2 minutes from normal time a forward cut inside and Ben Neale was unlucky to see the forward go down with minimal contact and London Road equalise from the penalty. Injury time saw Colts not learn from earlier errors when once again a forward drive toward the box this time saw contact from Ollie Spicer outside the box and with the forward then going down inside the box another penalty to see Colts crash out of the cup in a match they expected to win.
Pussy Award – Dan Fensome for a a volley over the bar from 6 yards
Colt Master Bates
Six Bells 0, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 6
Herts Advertiser Knockout Cup R2 Sunday 16 January 2011
Harpenden Colts Old Boys returned to winning ways after a month lay off to ease into the quarter final of the Herts. Advertiser Knockout Cup with a 6-0 win over Six Bells thanks to braces by James Warner and Will Bates who capped a masterly performance by providing the assists for singles by Dan Fensome and Tom Dyball. Dave Keenleyside was outstanding in Colts midfield providing 2 assists whilst Richard Oxley and Colin Arnsby also impressed with solid performances.
With only 1 game behind them since mid November Colts took some time to get into their normal passing rhythm and despite creating but not taking a number of chances it was not until 31 minutes into the game that the breakthrough came when Dave Keenleyside won possession on the right and lobbed a diagonal ball over the defence for James Warner to ghost in and fire home from close range. Colts then fired into gear and 2 minutes later it was 2-0 when from a Matt Richardson corner from the left Tom Brennan’s head back across goal was met by Will Bates who headed through the defender on the post. Colts then dominated and 4 minutes before the break made it 3-0 when Will Bates turned in the box and was brought down and Tom Dyball coolly despatched the resultant penalty.
The second half saw Colts substitutions in the first 10 minutes and the fresh legs saw Colts step up a gear and after 52 minutes Dave Keenleyside slipped in Will Bates to slot home past the advancing keeper to make it 4-0. Will Bates was then on hand to slip in Dan Fensome for a rare one on one goal after 67 minutes to make it 5-0 and two minutes from time a great through ball by Jon Richardson saw James Warner spring the offside trap to round the keeper to make it 6. Tom Brennan was solid leading the Colts back line well supported by Colin Arnsby at full back and Richard Oxley in midfield.
Pussy Award – Dan Fensome for volleying over from 6 yards
Colts crash to official blunders as Xmas comes early for Irish
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2, Watford Irish 4
Herts County Intermediate Cup Round 4 Sunday 12 December 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys crashed out of the Herts Intermediate Cup courtesy of two official howlers and two defensive mistakes against an Irish side who must have thought that Xmas had come early. Singles from James Warner and Matt Richardson twice got Colts back in the game before falling to a last minute penalty and a defensive mistake in injury time in a match that Colts created enough chances to win well before the end. Man of the match James Whitehurst impressed with two assists.
With the indecision as to if the game should go ahead it was evident that Watford were more up for this game than Colts and in the early exchanges Colts gave the opposition far too much time on the ball and wanted too many touches themselves on a difficult frozen pitch. Colts started to get into the game but they then made it hard for themselves by being caught on the break and saw a 25 yard low shot somehow manage to sneak in to put Colts 1-0 down after 34 minutes. Colts responded by pushing James Whitehurst forward and were rewarded when a great Whitehurst cross was met by James Warner to head home on the far post to put Colts back in the game after 40 minutes.
The second half saw Colts create but not take numerous chances before a bizarre refereeing decision saw them 2-1 down after 68 minutes when from a corner keeper Charlie Collins fisted clear but the ball was hooked back and a Watford forward on the line headed home with only one defender between him and the goal instead of the required 2 men to keep him onside. Bizarrely the referee refused to consult the flagging linesman and a goal was awarded justifying the decision with saying there was a defender on the line! Infuriated Colts surged back and created more chances before after 77 minutes a cleared ball found James Whitehurst on the left and his cross to the far post was headed firmly home by Matt Richardson for the equaliser. With the game heading toward extra time and the referee pleading for someone to score as he had to get home on time 2 minutes form time with the pitch getting harder and more frozen A Watford forward turned with the ball in the box and his legs gave way as he slipped on the ice and a penalty was awarded!! 3-2 to Watford and 2 minutes left. Colts went straight back up-field and were unlucky to see a number of half chances not find the net with the keeper making a couple of good saves. All hope evaporated in injury time when a hurriedly taken goal kick was kicked straight to the Watford forward who made no mistake form the resultant one on one to make it 4-2 and a highly flattering score line in a game memorable for the worst display of official decision taking seen in a long time as colts crashed out of a tournament they had justifiable hopes of doing well in.
Pussy Award – Charlie Collins for 2 assists.
Adam Thomas answers Colts prayers at Church End
Church End 0, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4
HASFL Division 1 Sunday 21 November 2010
An injury and absence hit Harpenden Colts Old Boys could only field a bare 11 for their match against Church End but they eased to a 4-0 win with singles from Chris Ellis and Tom Dyball and a brace from Adam Thomas who made an impressive debut having been called up from the Reserves. Stand in striker Tom Brennan was outstanding for Colts with solid performances from defenders Oliver Spicer and Richard Oxley to secure the clean sheet.
Colts started well moving the ball around and they went ahead after 8 minutes when Adam Thomas was first to a rebounded ball after a Tom Brennan shot was blocked following a Tom Dyball free kick. Colts went further ahead after 16 minutes when good work by Tom Dyball and Dan Fensome saw Ben Neal wriggle clear on the left and his cross shot bundled in over the line by Chris “Pickpocket” Ellis scoring his second stolen goal in as many weeks. Colts then effectively made it game over 2 minutes before the break when a great feed from Oliver Spicer sent Tom Dyball away down the left and his determination took him past 2 defenders before firing home from an acute angle.
The second half saw Colts still dominant but with Church End getting more into the game through breakaways but defenders Chris Newcombe, Richard Oxley and Oliver Spicer were equal to the task. With Jason Ling now replacing Tom Brennan as stand in striker well supported by debutant Adam Thomas it was a matter of time before Colts got another. The killer goal came after 62 minutes when Jason Ling fed Adam Thomas on the right and his fierce goal bound shot took a deflection for a much deserved brace. Keeper Charlie Collins commanded the Colts defence to secure a clean sheet and a number of players battled on after taking knocks to prevent manager Steve Oakley getting in on the action.
Pussy Award – Dan Fensome for almost hitting the corner flag with a shot on goal.
Warner fires Colts into 4th Round
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4, Wymondley Meaders 1
Herts. County Intermediate Cup R3 Sunday 14 November 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys returned to winning ways with a 4-1 Herts. Intermediate County Cup win against Hitchin side Wymondley Meaders in a performance more comprehensive than the score line suggests. Man of the Match James Warner bagged a hat-trick and set up a rare single strike by Chris Ellis in a match that saw the returning Matt Richardson lead the line well supported by great wing play by Tom Dyball.
Colts dominated from the start and although keeper Charlie Collins was called upon to make a smart early save Colts went ahead after 7 minutes when James Warner ran the wide channel and his cross was headed in by Jon Richardson but the ball was scrambled out again from over the line for Chris Ellis to follow up and force home from close range. Warner was on hand to make it 2-0 seven minutes later when Richard Oxley broke out of defence and fired a cross field pass behind the defence for James Warner to latch onto and fire home past the advancing keeper. Further chances came and the visiting keeper had to pull off some fine saves but Colts put the game effectively beyond reach when after 30 minutes Ollie Spicer fed Tom Dyball down the left flank and he outpaced the full back to cross for James Warner to ghost in on the far post and dive to head home. Colts then relaxed and paid the penalty for not being decisive around the box to give the visitors a lifeline just a minute later but the game was almost put beyond reach when a superb move involving both Jon and matt Richardson and James Warner saw Dan Fensome slipped in but his effort screwed just wide.
The second half saw complete Colts domination but again the visiting keeper was in superb form keeping efforts by Warner, Richardson and Dyball at bay. Colts finished matters on 75 minutes when the lively James Warner dribbled across the box and was brought down and then stepped up to fire home the resultant penalty for his hat-trick to finally seal the game. Fellow striker Matt Richardson was superb in leading the line with Chris Newcombe and Richard Oxley solid at the back. Unused subs Colin Arnsby, Jason Ling and Andrew Luckhurst were also superb in their commitment.
Pussy Award – Jason Ling for a forgettable performance running the line that saw 3 referee admonishments for watching the wrong game.
Colts lose their way and unbeaten record
Maylands 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 0
HASFL Division 1 Sunday 7 November 2010
A much depleted Harpenden Colts Old Boys lost their way and their 100% record with a lacklustre performance as they crashed 1- 0 at Maylands after failing to react to the rebound from a free kick. Tom Brennan inspired Colts during the fight back that saw them with plenty of possession but without creating many clear cut chances.
A combination of illness, unavailability’s, late shows and fitness problems saw Colts scrambling to field 11 players but even so normal service should have seen Colts get more out of this game. With passes going astray it took Colts some time to get going with half chances being set up for Jon Richardson, Dan Fensome and Tom Dyball before Colts went a goal down after 34 minutes. Colts paid the price for giving the ball away with a poor pass to find the ball lumped forward and Tom Brennan then harshly penalised for a good defensive header of a ball that the Maylands forward had given up interest on. The resultant free kick saw the ball pushed onto the bar by keeper Charlie Collins but Colts simply did not react to the rebound and saw 3 Maylands players following up with just one defender trying to clear and go behind.
The remainder of the game saw Colts urgently trying to get back on terms but they got bogged down through the middle and this together with some desperate defending saw colts fail to score for the first time this season. Andrew Cannons battled hard for Colts and with a kinder bounce might well have put Colts back on terms late on but it was a day that Colts did not seem destined to do well.
Pussy Award – Richard Oxley for relying on public transport to get him back late for the kick off.
Warner brushes away Park challenge
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 5, Brookmans Park Reserves 0
HASFL Challenge Cup R1 Sunday 31 October 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys cruised into the next round of the Herts. Advertiser Challenge Cup with a hat – trick by James Warner and a diving header by Tom Brennan after a bizarre own goal gave Colts the lead. Dan Fensome impressed in the Colts midfield after a 3 week absence with James Whitehurst solid in the Colts defence in a game admirably controlled by referee Rebecca Fearns.
Colts dominated much of the early play and they took the lead in the 7th minute when pressure from the lively James Warner saw the desperate defender tackle back but loop the ball overt his stranded keeper for a bizarre own goal. With Colts pressing James Warner then hit the post and after 25 minutes Colts got their second following a half cleared free kick the ball was crossed back into the box by the marauding Ben Neale and Tom Brennan’s diving header gave the visiting keeper no chance. Colts were then 3-0 up and cruising 3 minutes later when an Oliver Spicer chest down from Tom Dyball saw James Warner hit a curing left footed shot into the far top corner. It was effectively game over after 36 minutes when Dan Fensome fed James Warner from an Alex Palmer throw in and Warner used his strength to shield the ball before firing on the turn inside the far bottom corner to make it 4-0 at the break.
With the returning Matt Richardson now on for the injured Alex Palmer Colts team shape had to alter but the dominated the second half with Dan Fensome hitting the post and James Warner hitting the bar and Colts were unlucky to see 2 other efforts ruled out for offside. James Warner was on hand to make it 5 however after 85 minutes when Tom Dyball latched onto a give and go and his long curing cross was volleyed into the top of the net by James Warner for his hat-trick. Dan Fensome impressed in the Colts midfield after a 3 week absence with James Whitehurst also solid in the Colts defence despite playing through injury.
Pussy Award – Charlie Collins for dropping the ball at the strikers feet late on and relying on Colin Arnsby to get him out of jail for the clean sheet (yes we did appreciate the great save in the first half).
Colts topple Kings
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 5, Kings Langley 0
Herts County Intermediate Cup R2 Sunday 24 October 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys made hard work of the first half of this Herts. County Intermediate Cup 2nd round match against Kings Langley but they eventually broke the deadlock and then cruised to the next round with a brace by James Warner and singles by Oliver Spicer, Ben Neale and Man of the match Tom Dyball who also provided a hat trick of assists. Tom Brennan had an assured game at the heart of the Colts defence whilst Oliver Spicer worked hard in the Colts front line.
Playing with a strong wind Colts spent most of the first half well on top of a very physical Kings Langley side but just could not get their normal passing game going and consequently gave much possession away with over hit balls. The breakthrough came 2 minutes into injury time in the first half when James Whitehurst floated in a free kick from the Colts left and Tom Dyball’s shot rebounded to James Warner who fired home underneath the keeper at the far post to put Colts 1-0 ahead at the break.
The second half saw Colts respond to the half time team talk by getting the ball down and playing shorter passing and they started to dominate proceedings. Kings Langley literally paid the penalty for one hack too many when they kicked out at James Warner in the box and Tom Dyball despatched the resultant penalty wrong footing the keeper to put Colts in the driving seat. Colts went into cruise mode 2 minutes later when Richard Oxley won the ball outside Colts box and in a great passing move saw the ball moved to Jon Richardson who fed the channel running James Warner to cross and see Ollie Spicer rise majestically to head home to make it 3-0 and topple Kings confidence and fight. Substitutions saw the introduction of fresh legs and with Colts full of passing and moving Tom Brennan intercepted the ball outside Colts box to feed Tom Dyball whose cross field pass evaded the retreating defenders to see the marauding Ben Neale ghost in to fire home inside the far post to make it 4-0.Colts then created lots of chances which they either failed to take or were denied by the keeper but they made it a high five 10 minutes from time when man of the match Tom Dyball again got behind the defenders on the flank and his teasing cross was headed home by James Warner on the far post to finish a good second half performance. Tom Brennan had an assured game at the heart of the Colts defence whilst Oliver Spicer worked hard in the Colts front line. James Whitehurst again impressed with a determined performance at the back whilst Richard Oxley again worked hard fighting for every ball in midfield.
Pussy Award – Joint Award – Jason Ling for almost making lots of defensive headers and interesting pass backs and Jimmy Warner for missing a free header which would have given another hat-trick although to be fair one other player did have 4 almost shots at goal.
Colts rise above the challenge
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4, Phoenix 2
HASFL Challenge Cup R2 Sunday 17 October 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys rose to the challenge from Division 1 rivals Phoenix in this Challenge Cup second round match and were never behind finally running our 4 – 2 winners with a brace from James Warner and singles from Oliver Spicer and Ben Neale. Defender James Whitehurst was outstanding for Colts upon his return from injury well supported by Richard Oxley who worked tirelessly in the Colts midfield as Phoenix tried to dominate much of the late play.
Playing a strong young Phoenix side Colts had to work hard from the start and the outstanding James Warner lead the line by example and in the 22nd minute he wriggled free down the left side and got behind the full back to drive low inside the far post to put Colts ahead. Warner was on hand again after 42 minutes when he got behind the full back again to curl an inviting ball to the far post that Ben Neale just got the touch to before Tom Dyball to make it 2-0.
A lively half time team talk saw Colts fired up for the second half and they were rewarded after 2 minutes when James Warner cut inside from the right flank to move the ball across the front of the box and on to Tom Dyball whose fierce cross was touched in by Oliver Spicer who got in front of his man on the near post to make it 3-0 and Colts cruising. Phoenix then lifted their game as Colts seem to take a break and paid the penalty for not closing down the midfield to allow a 25 yard free shot to scream past keeper Charlie Collins. To make it 3-1. the goal lifted Phoenix and Colts had to defend well to soak the pressure and they then hit on the break after 73 minutes when a break out saw Oliver Spicer feed James Warner who sprung the high line offside trap to coolly round the keeper to slot home to maintain the 3 goal cushion. Colts were then punished after 78 minutes when Tom Brennan was adjudged to have impeded a Phoenix forward inside the box for a soft penalty that saw Phoenix get another gaol back and the unlucky Brennan to see red. With Colts now down to 10 men the reshuffled side had to defend well in the final minutes which saw Phoenix create but not take the chances to send the match into extra time but Colts held on for a deserved win. James Whitehurst was outstanding at full back upon his return from injury with Richard Oxley making numerous ball winning tackles in midfield.
Pussy Award – Joint Award – Charlie Collins for the worst kicking display seen for a while and Linda Collins for not bringing the oranges until after half time.
Warner fires reshuffled Colts
Brookmans Park 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4
League Division 1 Sunday 10 October 2010
Injuries and unavailability’s meant that manager Steve Oakley had to call in 5 re-enforcements from the reserve side and give season debuts to 3 others but the much reshuffled side came from behind to do the double over Brookmans Park to maintain top spot with a 4-1 win with man of the match and captain for the day James Warner bagging a hat trick and single from Marc Oakley. Richard Oxley was outstanding in the Colts midfield well supported by defender Dan Hall who made the step up from the reserves with ease.
With Saturday football claiming 2 late injuries manager Steve Oakley even had to name himself as one of the subs for this game and he must have thought that it was not going to be Colts week when they failed to attack the ball on the near post from a corner after 4 minutes to give away yet another soft defensive goal to go 1-0 down. Captain for the day James Warner then lead the fight back leading by example from the front and Colts were back on terms after 8 minutes when he ghosted in on the far post on a Marc Oakley free kick to head home unopposed. Colts went further ahead after 28 minutes when a long throw by Ollie Spicer was headed on by James Warner and the deflection from a defender saw midfielder Marc Oakley volley home on the far post to make it 2-1. With the game still looking tight with Richard Oxley leading a great midfield battle with some great tackles Brookmans Park were given an mountain to climb in first half injury time when a great through ball by Marc Oakley saw James Warner lob the advancing keeper only to hit the post and then follow up with the rebound to fire past 4 defenders who had got back to cover the goal to make it 3-1.
The second half saw Brookmans Park with more possession as Colts got tired with the new boys showing lack of match fitness but they continued to battle and defender Dan Hall justified manager Steve Oakley’s faith in his call up by making some smart goal saving tackles. It was game over after 62 minutes though as a surging run by Craig Stearn saw him in possession and then feed James Warner outside the box and then shimmied past 2 defenders to fire home to make it 4-1.
Pussy Award – Richard Oxley for an outrageous overhead kick attempt on goal. Reserve Pussy: Dan Hall for the left nipple stud bar (looks a right tit in the mirror!).
Richardson & Warner in magnificent 7
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 10, Old Albanians 2
League Division 1 Sunday 19 September 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys took top spot after beating bottom side Old Albanians 10 – 2 with James Warner and an Matt Richardson sharing 7 goals and seven assists between them. Matt Richardson lead the way with 4 goals and 3 assists with Warner bagging a hat-trick and 4 assists with supporting singles by Dan Fensome, Tom Dyball and a wonder goal by full back Colin Arnsby. Poor concentration gifted Albanians 2 late goals in a match that saw Andy Luckhurst working hard in the Colts midfield.
Colts dominated the match from start to finish and they created but did not take numerous chances with the OA keeper making some fine saves including one from Jimmy Warner. The break though finally came after 11 minutes when Matt Richardson fired in a cross from a free kick on the left and Jimmy Warner rose unopposed to head home. More chances came and went before after 44 minutes Jimmy Warner returned the compliment by crossing for Matt Richardson to glance his header home to make it 2-0. Colts wrapped it up on the break when Jimmy Warner fed Tom Dyball whose long range effort took a slight deflection to wrong foot the keeper to make it 3-0.
The second half saw Colts closing down from the kick off and they were unlucky when great work from Matt Richardson created an immediate chance after 11 seconds but Colts did not take it. Colts went further ahead after 55 minutes when Dan Fensome fired home a blocked shot from Tom Dyball and 3 minutes later another great cross from Warner saw Matt Richardson head home to make it 5. It was then 6-0 after 60 minutes when Warner held the ball up to lay it back for Matt Richardson to drive home from just inside the box. Richardson returned the compliment 2 minutes later by crossing into the box to see Warner fire home on the turn to make it 7 and Colin Arnsby was on hand to make it 5 goals inside 9 minutes when he was sent down the flanks by Dan Fensome and his cross shot drifted just under the bar on the far post to make it 8 – 0. The unstoppable Matt Richardson then slipped in James Warner to beat 3 players to fire home after 77 minutes but Colts then marred a great performance but losing team shape and discipline to leave only 2 at the back to gift a breakaway goal 10 minutes from time. Colts hit back when Matt Richardson dragged back a great feed from Dave Keenleyside and then spun to hit home number 10 before the poor defending gave the bal away in midfield to give OA’s yet another goal to leave it at 10-2. Jon Richardson impressed after coming on as substitute for the hard working Andy Luckhurst
Pussy Award – Jon Richardson for missing a very score-able chance from 2 yards. A tight Pussy this week as Andy Luckhurst, Matt Richardson, James Warner and Jason Ling were all in with good shouts.
Dennehy do well!
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 5, FC Potters Bar 3
League Division 1 Sunday 12 September 2010
Midfielder David Keenleyside produced another virtuoso performance opening the scoring and providing 2 assists as Harpenden Colts Old Boys cruised to a 5-1 lead over FC Potters Bar with further goals by Matt Richardson, Tom Dyball and a brace by James Warner before a lack of concentration gifted Potters Bar 2 late goals in a 5-3 victory. Matt Richardson was outstanding leading the front line for Colts.
Colts should have gone ahead after 10 seconds when good closing down by James Warner panicked the Bar defence into gifting the ball to Matt Richardson but his angled shot drifted wide. Colts went deservedly ahead after 7 minutes when Tom Dyball slipped a free kick to Dave Keenleyside to curl inside the top far corner from 20 yards. Colts then created but did not take a host of chances before they went further ahead on the half hour when Dave Keenleyside won possession and slipped in Tom Dyball to slot home an angled one-on-one past the keeper. Potters Bar were then given a mountain to clime when 5 minutes from the break Dave Keenleyside wriggled past 3 defenders to chip to the far post for James Warner to ghost in and glance home to make it 3-0. Potters Bar then pulled a goal back from a soft free kick which saw keeper Charlie Collins comfortably take the ball under pressure but then get controversially clattered in possession and the loose break loose into the net.
Colts started the second half as they finished the first moving the ball well and pressurising when not in possession and they were rewarded after 50 minutes when from a corner a flick on by Dan Fensome was bundled over the line off Matt Richardson to make it 4-1 and 8 minutes later a Matt Richardson knock down saw James Warner fire home a fierce left footed low half volley from 30 yards to make it game over. With Colts so dominant and pressing forward o every opportunity lack of concentration and loss of team shape saw lack of pressure on the ball gift a long range effort 10 minutes form time to make it 5-2 and then giving the ball away cheaply to see a soft penalty record a 5-3 score line to make the look closer than it was.
Pussy Award – Matt Richardson for missing a very scoreable chance after 10 seconds.
Warner & Dyball back in the old routine
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 4, Brookmans Park 0
League Division 1 Sunday 5 September 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys maintained their fine form from last season with a comfortable but well worked 4-0 win against Brookmans Park with braces from James Warner and Tom Dyball. Captain Chris Ellis was outstanding for Colts as stand in central defender well supported by full back James Whitehurst.
HARCOB took the lead in the second minute when good work by Matt Richardson saw the defenders closed down and the loose ball fell to James Warner who lobbed the stranded keeper. The lively James Warner put the ball into the net again after 25 minutes only to see it ruled out but with HARCOB looking strong on the stroke of half time they laid siege to the visitors goal and shots from Matt Richardson, Alex Dennehy and Andrew Luckhurst were blocked before the ball rebounded out of the area for Tom Dyball to lash home a fine left foot volley into the top far corner to lay claim to the goal of the season.
The second half saw Brookmans with more possession but after 65 minutes good work by Jon Richardson on the right saw Matt Richardson in possession in the box with his back to goal and the lay back driven home by Tom Dyball to make it 3-0. The visitors hit back and keeper Charlie Collins had to make a smart save before the marauding James Whitehurst got down the left and his curled cross saw James Warner ghost in on the blind side to glance home to make it 4-0 and game over. James Whitehurst then had to be at his best to clear in front of goal to give Colts a well deserved win and clean sheet in a game that saw Andy Luckhurst and Dan Fensome in fine form for Colts with Chris Ellis outstanding at the back.
Pussy Award – Tom Dyball for sporting a sad Hassan tattoo on his wrist
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2, Blackberry Jack 1
Pre Season Friendly Sunday 29 August 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys gain revenge for their Intermediate Cup Final defeat in 2008 in a deserved and well fought win against Blackberry Jack with goals from Dave Keenleyside and debutant Alex Dennehy who capped a good performance with an assist for the Keenleyside goal. Andy Luckhurst was outstanding in the HARCOB midfield whilst stand in keepers Colin Arnsby and Dan Fensome made some fine saves when called upon in each half.
With a line up that contained 3 debutants in the back four HARCOB had to work hard on creating a new understanding but manager Steve Oakley was delighted with the way that HARCOB set about their task dominating much of the early play making some great passing moves. Colts could have gone ahead when Jon Richardson and Dave Keenleyside went close but they finally took the lead after 29 minutes when great determined work by Andy Luckhurst and Matt Richardson saw the ball fed to Alex Dennehy who laid the ball back to Dave Keenleyside to drive home for the opener. Colts went further ahead 3 minutes later when Dave Keenleyside returned the favour by playing the ball inside the fullback for Alex Dennehy to slot home past the keeper. HARCOB were then unlucky with a the decision after 35 minutes when a handball and offside call was allowed to play on to see Blackberry back into the game. Colts then had to defend to keep Jack out of the game to keep ahead at the break with stand in keeper Dan Fensome making 2 fine saves.
The second half saw Colin Arnsby go in goal and make 3 fine saves as Jack threw everything at colts to get back in the game but with Colts looking fitter and sharper the Jack keeper was called upon to make 4 great saves to keep his side in contention from efforts by Sam Lewis, Dave Keenleyside and Dan Fensome. With colts looking stronger as the game progressed they eased to a comfortable but at times hard fought win and sweet revenge. Midfielders Chris Ellis, Dan Fensome and Andy Luckhurst were in great form for Colts with debutants James Whitehurst, Alex Dennehy, Steve Miller and Sam Lewis all impressing.
Pussy Award – Jon Richardson for missing 2 great chances and tripping over the ball
Colts hammer home revenge
Harpenden Colts Old Boys 2, Hammer OGB 1
Pre Season Friendly Sunday 22 August 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys gained revenge for last years Met Police OGB cup defeat against the same but re-named side with a cross shot by Andy Shirra and a superbly taken goal by James Warner who capped a fine 1st half display as stand in keeper by lobbing the opposing keeper in the second half for the winner after returning to his predator striker role. Alex Palmer gave a solid display at Full back which virtuoso David Keenleyside ran the game in midfield we supported by a workmanlike performances by Andy Luckhurst and Dan Fensome.
After losing 5-0 last season in a cup game to OGB with a depleted side HARCOB set about their task to prove a point and they made it by never looking in any real danger after going ahead after 4 minutes when a good interchange between Dan Fensome and Alex Palmer saw Andy Shirra on his way down the right wing and send in a cross shot that sailed under the far post crossbar to give Colts the lead. Colts continued to look comfortable in open play but paid the penalty for switching off at a corner when they allowed a marked forward to peal backwards to create space for a free header to equalise past stand in keeper James Warner just before the break.
The second half saw Colts continue to be comfortable with midfielder Dan Fensome switching to goal and James Warner playing in his customary striker role. Colts good play was rewarded after 63 minutes when the busy Dave Keenleyside sent James Warner clear to lob the advancing keeper for a superb goal with fine touch. Colts continued to create more chances and Andy Shirra could have settled it near the end but his volley proved not to be the equal of Gareth Bale’s the day before.
Matt Richardson played through illness in a depleted squad taking the man of the match accolade for sheer commitment whilst Dave Keenleyside ran the midfield to give Colts plenty of time on the ball with Andy Luckhurst and Dan Fensome doing great work closing players down. The improving Alex Palmer also impressed.
Pussy Award – Charlie Collins—Wimp with a limp wrist
Warner on fire in great win for Charity
Skew Bridge 1, Harpenden Colts Old Boys 1
Brian Collins Memorial Charity Match Sunday 15 August 2010
Harpenden Colts Old Boys came from behind after gifting a soft penalty as man of the match James Warner inspired Colts to fight back to go level with a great strikers goal from Matt Richardson as Colts also created enough chances to win this inaugural Charity Match in memory of Brian Collins which raised £2,000 for the Keech Hospice.
Colts started well but were undone by going to ground in the area after 8 minutes to give away a soft penalty to give Skew the lead. Colts then enjoyed a large amount of good possession creating many changes and deservedly equalised after 38 minutes when great work by the on fire James Warner saw him get round the back of the full back to send in a fierce cross that saw Matt Richardson get in front of his man to convert at the near post.
The second half saw Skew introduce fresher players including semi professional player and ex-Colt Ben Martin to stem the tide but despite ceding more possession HARCOB battled well and could have gone ahead from 2 chances from Andy Shirra but Skew fought back and the last 15 minutes saw HAECOB having to defend deep with keeper Charlie Collins pulling of 2 fine saves before settling for a draw in a match that saw the Charity win with over £2,000 raised.
Debutant Alex Palmer impressed at full back for Colts with central defenders Jason Ling and Tom Brennan also looking solid supporting man of the match James Warner.
Pussy Award – Andy Shirra for missing 2 great chances on his debut