No January blues for K’s as they make it four wins from four with Evergreen success
PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 January 2018
Knebworth completed January with a 100 per cent win record after they edged a tight game in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division by beating Evergreen 3-2.
Goals from Jed Wheeler, Kadeem Gutzmore and Leon Gutzmore ensured K’s ended the month the same way they started it – with a win over the Abbots Langley outfit.
After a cagey opening half-hour, Wheeler followed his brace last week by opening the scoring with a rasping drive that Evergreen goalkeeper Dan Horton couldn’t handle.
It was almost two moments later but George Taylor’s predatory instinct was ruled out for offside.
They had two further chances to extend the lead before the interval.
Jordan Folorunso burst through on the right of the area and cut into the six yard box but, having opted to shoot rather than square to the poised Wheeler and Dale Chester, he could only find the side netting.
And on the brink of half time, Kieran Klimek latched on to Wheeler’s flick and rattled the Evergreen crossbar.
Knebworth started the second half brightly without much reward.
Clever link up between Folorunso and Wheeler culminated in a smart drive from Sam Harte which was kept out by Horton.
And the visitors responded with a quick break which Hamze Ali finished by rifling the ball past Adam Burnett for 1-1.
Parity lasted only seven minutes as Kadeem Gutzmore scored his eighth goal of the season from close range but another equaliser for Evergreen came when Tom Horton was allowed a free header.
The game then swung in Evergreen’s favour and the Ks were fortunate not to concede again as Burnett made a fine diving save.
But in the fifth minute of added time, Knebworth broke and substitute Leon Gutzmore found himself clean through on goal.
After poking the ball between the legs of the onrushing keeper, Gutzmore coolly ran the ball into the unguarded net to secure the victory with his first Knebworth goal.
The Raja Tandoori man of the match went to Dave Bass.
Knebworth, who are now seventh, play league leaders Bovingdon on Saturday.