Lemsford lose to bogey side again

PUBLISHED: 17:33 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Division One Wodson Park 4 Lemsford 2 LEMSFORD can still boast they haven t lost a Herts Senior County League Division One match since September 22 - as long as you don t count games against Wodson Park. The village side have

Herts Senior County League Division One

Wodson Park 4 Lemsford 2

LEMSFORD can still boast they haven't lost a Herts Senior County League Division One match since September 22 - as long as you don't count games against Wodson Park.

The village side have lost twice in their last 13 league fixtures, with both defeats coming against their Ware-based rivals, who got the better of them again on Saturday.

The previous meeting between the two teams finished in a resounding 5-0 victory for Wodson at Welwyn Playing Fields.

Lemsford were looking to avenge that defeat, which had marred their impressive run of form.

However, Craig Attfield's men made the worst possible start, falling behind inside two minutes following some sleepy defending.

The away side could have been level though when Matt Harris' header was cleared off the line, with Lemsford appealing it had been a Wodson player's hand that had kept the ball out. The referee waved the protests away.

It was a busy half for the referee, and his two assistants - with the league supplying three officials to a Division One fixture for the first time this season - as Lemsford appealed for yet another handball.

This time they protested that the Wodson goalkeeper had handled outside the box with Chris Jones bearing down on him. Again the visitors' protests fell on deaf ears.

Wodson doubled their lead through a finely crafted goal, and with Chris and Matt Jones spurning chances at the other end, the Ware side demonstrated how clinical they were with their chances by going 3-0 up just before half-time.

Memories of the 5-0 home drubbing by Wodson were beginning to come flooding back when the home side went 4-0 ahead early in the second half.

But Lemsford never gave up the fight and James Chang, via a wicked deflection, pulled one goal back.

Shortly afterwards, his brother, Simon, hooked the ball across the box for midfielder Danny Pickett to turn past the Wodson keeper.

With 20 minutes still remaining it was game on, and Lemsford might have grabbed a point had Chris Jones' touch not been so heavy when he was through one-on-one, or if Simon Chang's cheeky effort from the halfway line wasn't brilliantly saved by a backtracking Wodson goalkeeper.

It wasn't to be Lemsford's day though, and Wodson Park remain their bogey team.

Wodson's victory means they remain on course for promotion to the Premier Division.

Lemsford may hope a repeat in their next 10 fixtures of their previous 10 will mean they join them there.

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