Lemsford celebrate away victory

PUBLISHED: 17:14 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Senior Division One Allenburys Sports 1 Lemsford 4 LEMSFORD bounced back from their 4-2 defeat at Wodson Park to take all three points with a convincing win against Allenburys Sports. The victory in the Herts Senior County Le

Herts Senior County League Senior Division One

Allenburys Sports 1 Lemsford 4

LEMSFORD bounced back from their 4-2 defeat at Wodson Park to take all three points with a convincing win against Allenburys Sports.

The victory in the Herts Senior County League Division One fixture also meant an end to a peculiar stat which had been haunting the village side all season.

Incredibly, Saturday's 4-1 victory was Lemsford's first win outside of the Welwyn Hatfield district this term, even though Craig Attfield's men have won two away fixtures this campaign!

Lemsford arrived at the home of Allenburys in Ware with a strong squad keen to continue their recent run of form which had seen them lose just twice in 13 league games, both to Wodson Park.

However, it was the home side that started the brighter, with visiting goalkeeper Dennis Fettus being called into action on more occasions than his counterpart.

It was no surprise then that Allenburys took the lead when Andrew Lake finished off a fine move by the Ware side to fire past Fettus.

That goal kicked Lemsford into action, with the strike pairing of Matt and Chris Jones both forcing saves from the Sports goalkeeper.

Matt Jones restored parity barely 10 minutes after Allenburys had taken the lead.

The ball fell to the striker on the edge of the box and he superbly volleyed it into the top corner.

The two sides went in at half-time level, although both could have grabbed a second goal in a lively first half.

Fettus was kept busy in the Lemsford goal, while Matt Jones had a glorious chance to grab his second of the game but lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper and wide.

Lemsford stepped up a gear in the second half and ruthlessly dispatched their opponents.

Matt Jones' free-kick rattled the crossbar and substitute David Williams poached his first goal of the season from the rebound to give his side a 2-1 lead.

The goal seemed to deflate the home side as much as it spurred on the visitors.

Just a matter of minutes later the same player drilled a low volley into the bottom corner after some hesitant Allenburys defending.

Chris Jones completed the scoring with a simple tap-in to make the scoreline comfortable for Attfield's side.

It was his sixth goal in five games and ended Lemsford's out-of-town hoodoo.

Their only other two previous away victories had come against Hinton, in a fixture that was played at the Gosling Sports Park in WGC, and against St Peter's, a game which was ironically played at Lemsford Village Hall.

Bizarrely, Lemsford's next fixture is away to Bedwell Rangers, who due to the condition of their own pitch in Stevenage may play the fixture at Welwyn Playing Fields - Lemsford's current home.

If Bedwell do switch the match, it will mean Lemsford have played an away match, as well as a home fixture, on the same pitch for a third time in one season, having already used Lemsford Village Hall, Gosling Sports Park and Welwyn Playing Fields as home venues this campaign.

Attfield's men will be delighted to have finally won outside of their own town's perimeters, but in truth, there's no place like home.

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