HertSavers Senior County League round-up: Title rivals Hatfield Social and Lemsford play out draw
PUBLISHED: 08:53 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:56 31 March 2014
The top two in the HertSavers Senior County League Division One, Hatfield Social and Lemsford, met at Welwyn on Saturday, but could not muster a goal between them.
The two clubs are enjoying a nine-point cushion from third spot with only Bushey Rangers having the games in hand necessary to get amongst them.
For their part Rangers finally got the better of Hertford Heath, beating them at the third attempt by 3-1, Ricardo Faux-James the catalyst with two goals, Ryan King adding their third, with Heath’s Nigel Ololade netting in the first half.
Welwyn Garden City Reserves racked up a convincing 3-0 home victory over Cheshunt Ambers, Mark Draper bagging two goals and Martin Strickland one to seal their mid-table berth.
A brace from Chris Jones fired AFC Hatfield to a 3-0 away win over Harvesters 2012, and extend their unbeaten run to four games, Dale Stewart adding the third with all the goals coming after the break.
Whitwell continued their reign at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 win at relegation-haunted Hinton, but had to dig deep to claim the three points, a goal in each half from Shaun Turner and Aiden Bryder proving decisive.
The battle of the Rovers ended with honours even as Sandridge and Wormley shared four goals.
The home side will be disappointed to let slip a 2-0 lead garnered by goals from Mark Andrews and Kieron Yapp, but a spectacular equaliser from Lee Archibald inspired the visitors to a late rally, and Kyle Head levelled late on.
Bedmond slipped to their first league defeat since October as Letchworth Garden City Eagles kept up their 100 per cent record in 2014 with a thumping 3-0 win at Pixmore, Sam Gittings, Carl Williams and Ricky Small all scoring in the second half for the Division’s form side.
Unbelievably, Bush Hill Rangers won their first game since November with a 4-0 romp at Sarratt after the rain-affected winter, as they chase a promotion spot, Elliot Harris was their hero as he bagged a hat-trick for Rangers, adding to an own goal.
A second half brace from Lawrence Yaku and a Darren Turner goal enabled Belstone to recover from a 1-0 half-time deficit to defeat Bovingdon 3-1, and keep pace with the leading sides and leaving their title fate in their own hands.
Mill End Sports came within an ace of securing an impressive win at Cuffley with a Karl Swan effort seeing them with their noses in front with the game in it’s final throes, but the lively Rio Enver popped up to deflate the party balloons with a late equaliser for the home side.
Chipperfield Corinthians won their vital clash with Knebworth in an open encounter 5-3, Dan Brown providing the code to unlock the Ks defence with the first goal, which was added to an Adrian Abramian hat-trick, and polished off by a Harry Slade strike.
The visitors battled gamely, and even lead at one stage, Luke Bennett, Dean Auburn and Christian Lett all finding the net, but no wins in ten games for Knebworth, and needing to make up six points in six games to escape the bottom three will be a difficult task.
There was a stunning 5-3 extra-time Aubrey Cup victory for Division One promotion chasers Evergreen over Premier Division Bushey Sports Club on Saturday.
A goalless first half was followed by six goals in the second to leave the teams locked at 3-3, but Green found two extra goals as Bushey chased the game to secure a memorable win, Curtis Donaldson and Krasi Makaveev netting two goals each.
There was slightly less excitement at Standon and Puckeridge, where the home side successfully saw off the challenge of the other Division One challenger Kimpton Rovers, running out 3-1 winners, Paul Mido getting his name on the scoresheet for Rovers.