Late drama keeps Lemsford's hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 18:58 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009

Danny Pickett netted a last-gasp winner

Danny Pickett netted a last-gasp winner

Herts Senior County League Division One Old Parmiterians 1 Lemsford 2 A LATE, late goal won the match for Lemsford and left them with a shout of promotion going into their last game of the season. Danny Pickett struck just moments from the final whistle

Herts Senior County League Division One

Old Parmiterians 1 Lemsford 2

A LATE, late goal won the match for Lemsford and left them with a shout of promotion going into their last game of the season.

Danny Pickett struck just moments from the final whistle when it looked like Craig Attfield's men were going to have to settle for a point at lowly Old Parmiterians.

Lemsford needed to win to keep their hopes of clinching the third and final promotion place alive, and they started in the perfect manner.

Striker Matt Jones volleyed in David Morris' cross from the right to give the village side an early lead away against their Division One opponents.

It was the second time in as many weeks that the duo had linked up to create a goal, with Jones again showing how deadly he is in front of goal.

Matt Jones, playing up front alongside namesake Chris Jones, proved a handful for the home side as Lemsford made a dominant start to the game.

However, after taking the lead Lemsford appeared to take their foot of the gas.

This proved very dangerous as Garston-based Parmiterians fought their way back into the game as they looked to level.

Lemsford keeper Russell Owen had to pull off a handful of first-half saves to preserve his side's 1-0 lead.

The home team kept up the pressure in the second half, with Lemsford's Jones duo becoming less and less of a threat.

Old Parmiterians got what they deserved when Craig Britton tapped in to equalise after Owen's initial save rolled into his path.

That sparked a late Lemsford rally as they realised their promotion hopes could be slipping away if they did not get a winner.

However, the Lemsford attack was still finding it difficult to crack the home defence as they went all out for the crucial goal.

With minutes remaining it didn't look like Attfield's team would grab the goal they needed to stay in the promotion chase.

However, when James Chang was fouled on the edge of the box it gave Lemsford a last-gasp chance to grab a winner.

Lemsford were desperate for a match-winner and Pickett proved to be just the man.

He placed the ball down and after getting permission from the referee to take a quick free-kick, he slotted the ball into the middle of the goal with the Parmiterians keeper still at his post arranging his wall.

That cued joyous celebrations from his team-mates as they realised it could be the goal to send them up.

However, results elsewhere were not kind to them. Main rivals Mill End Sports beat North Mymms 4-1 as they also look to go up.

Mill End and Lemsford are locked on the same number of points with just one match remaining, but Mill End have a far superior goal difference.

When the two sides met at Gosling back in September Lemsford were 4-3 up, only to concede a last-minute equaliser to the team that may now pip them to promotion.

Lemsford play their final County League fixture of the season tonight (Tuesday) against Buckhurst Hill.

It's a game they have to claim at least a point from to stand a chance of finishing third.

By this Saturday the Welwyn Playing Fields club should know if they have been promoted to the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.


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