Lemsford win another match 'away' from home

PUBLISHED: 18:29 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Division One Debden Sports FC 1 Lemsford 2 TEN-MAN Lemsford kept their slim promotion dream alive with a hard-fought victory over Debden Sports on Saturday. Craig Attfield s side were playing as the away team on home soil after

Herts Senior County League Division One

Debden Sports FC 1 Lemsford 2

TEN-MAN Lemsford kept their slim promotion dream alive with a hard-fought victory over Debden Sports on Saturday.

Craig Attfield's side were playing as the away team on home soil after Essex outfit Debden switched the fixture to Welwyn Playing Fields.

The game was important for both teams as they can both still finish in third place, which is the final promotion spot.

It was vital that Lemsford took all three points, with Debden having a number of games in hand over their opponents on Saturday.

With so much riding on the game, the match started tightly with neither side able to create a clear-cut opportunity.

The midfield duo of Danny Pickett and James Chang were being forced to work hard as Debden packed out their midfield.

With neither side content to give each other an inch of space, it was perhaps inevitable that any eventual goal would come from a fantastic strike, and Pickett decided to take on the role himself.

With half-time approaching, he pick-pocketed a player before the midfield dynamo hit a rocket past Debden's motionless keeper to break the deadlock.

The goal seemed to knock Sports as the chances began to flow for Attfield's outfit.

Matt Jones struck a post with a rifling shot, before he raced through to add a second for his side with a cool finish on the half volley.

With a 2-0 lead at half-time, and Russell Owen reduced to spectator status in the Lemsford goal, it seemed the second half would be a formality for the 'away' side.

But just as the previous weekend's dismal second-half showing against St Peter's, Saturday's second period proved to be just as difficult, albeit for a different reason.

Just minutes after the restart, in-form defender Simon Chang was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language, leaving Lemsford with their backs against the wall.

With a man down, David Williams was brought on to add some defensive steel and the hard work of the entire Lemsford side was second to none as they kept the Essex team at bay.

Debden's endless pressure only resulted in a goal in the 90th minute from Leon Townley, by which time they had left it too late to grab an equaliser.

With results at the weekend also going in favour of the village club, Lemsford are now in with a shout of claiming an unlikely promotion.

Mill End Sports are still favourites and both Croxley Guild and Debden are also in the running, but victory in their final two league games could see Lemsford gracing the Premier Division of the Herts Senior County League next season.

Lemsford are away to Old Parmiterians on Saturday.


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