Colts continue fine start
Harpenden Colts Reserves 4, Marquis of Granby 1
HASFL Division 4 Sunday 9 September 2012
Some excellent play today by a Colt’s team that looked to push on from last week’s result.
A sluggish start, but once the play started to come to Colts, gaps began to appear in the Marquis midfield and good combination play began to expose these as well as being allowed to threaten a sluggish defence. Colts pressed the Marquis line up but had to wait until the 20th minute before a speculative 30 yard shot from Lewis Paul rebounded off their keeper for Joe Bray to slot comfortably home. Joe, looking for every opportunity provided excellent support play off the ball, and on 40 minutes increased the lead following Alex Dennehy’s cross. The Marquis counter attacked throughout the 1st half, but with little penetration. However, it did cause Colts problems as the 3rd man running and lapses in closing down play gave them optimism that they didn’t deserve – lessons to be learned by all in midfield and defence.
Changes in the 2nd half to the line up, and being caught unawares by the glare of the sun saw the Marquis get a goal back. Problems could have ensued from this given the team showed a lapse in concentration and a sharp deterioration in their cohesive play. However, as with all sides momentarily put under pressure, the team regained its composure and threatened once more. Recognising that Martin Smith was the only opposition player to potentially threaten the status quo, Colts denied him time and space from which composed passing and movement again gave Colts the advantage. A swift clearance by Harry Woods found Andy Shirra, who unselfishly laid the ball to Joe Bray for his 3rd goal of the game. 10 minutes from the end an attacking corner was poorly defended, and debutant Joe Harriman scored in fine fashion to secure all 3 points for Colts.
MOM – Joe Bray
Pussy – Clive Pinder
Colts magnificent Seven
The Ridge 1, Harpenden Colts Reserves 7
HASFL Division 4 Sunday 2 September 2012
Colts started on a positive note, pressing the Ridge’s defence with incisive play down the flanks as well as 3rd man running thorugh the centre of midfield. MoM Will Bates claimed his hat trick in the 2nd half, matching Joe Bray’s 1st half 3 goals,and with Alex Dennehy ensured The Ridge had an uncomfortable 90 minutes.
The Ridge refused to completely buckle and scored the goal of the game from some 30 yards, but unfortunately were unable to contain an on form Colts team.