Gallery: Attfield happy as Lemsford beat Hertford Heath
PUBLISHED: 15:49 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Lemsford 4 Hertford Heath 1 LEMSFORD continued their positive start to life in the Premier Division of the Herts Senior County League with an impressive 4-1 win over Hertford Heath. Craig Attfield s side sit in
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Lemsford 4 Hertford Heath 1
LEMSFORD continued their positive start to life in the Premier Division of the Herts Senior County League with an impressive 4-1 win over Hertford Heath.
Craig Attfield's side sit in sixth place in the table with three wins from their opening six games after their promotion from Division One last season.
"I am very pleased with how we have started this campaign and even the couple of games we have lost, we can highlight and know why we got nothing out of them," said Attfield.
"We have just got to continue to improve week on week and keep the momentum going.
"I said from the beginning that we need to try and get as many points on the board as early as we can, as we all know it's a long season, and I am happy with how we have started."
The first half was a physical affair against a strong and dominant Heath side that relied on set-pieces and the long ball game to get through their opponents.
Russell Owen in the Lemsford goal made some crucial saves to keep the visitors at bay, and the hosts went in at the break 2-1 up with goals coming from Kevin Cory and Matt Jones.
Attfield added: "I don't think we played very well in the first half and I felt we were lucky to go in 2-1 up as we had being bombarded aerially by a strong Hertford Heath side.
"So going into the second half I was slightly apprehensive about what to expect, as although we were ahead, we had had a bit of battering in the first half."
Attfield paid particular credit to his keeper Owen, who pulled off a great save just before half-time to preserve the Welwyn Playing Fields club's slender lead.
The second 45 saw Lemsford began to play their football, and get more of a stranglehold in the game against what was a dangerous Heath side going forward, but a shaky visiting defence.
Jones grabbed his second of the game with a clever lob over the advancing Heath custodian and Attfield's men wrapped up the victory five minutes from the end when Rob Guinan added some gloss to the scoreline with a fourth.
Despite the three-goal winning margin, Attfield acknowledged his side had been in a tough battle and conceded that Heath had the better of the first half, proving that much stronger than the hosts.
The former WGC defender added: "It was a good win, and I thought we got back on track in the second half, and began to get more of a hold on the game.
"I think the level we're playing at this season is not vastly different to what we were playing in Division One last season, and it's pretty much the same side that played last year.
"The squad have plenty of ability, and I am confident for the season, but there are some good teams in this league, which will all prove a test for my players.