Morris fires Lemsford to victory
PUBLISHED: 17:13 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Division One Lemsford 2 Sarratt 1 LEMSFORD have now lost just once in 12 league games after a hard-fought victory over Sarratt ensured another three points on Saturday. The Herts Senior County League Division One match was a ti
Herts Senior County League Division One
Lemsford 2 Sarratt 1
LEMSFORD have now lost just once in 12 league games after a hard-fought victory over Sarratt ensured another three points on Saturday.
The Herts Senior County League Division One match was a tight affair and the first half was one with few clear-cut goalscoring opportunities for either side.
The visitors to Welwyn Playing Fields proved to be a tough nut to crack.
Long-range efforts from Danny Pickett and Matt Harris were the best that the home side could conjure up in an opening 45 minutes lacking in entertainment.
Lemsford goalkeeper Dennis Fettus had as equally a quiet half, with the home defence of Peter Cross, Steve Cross, Simon Chang and Kevin Cory putting in a solid performance.
With neither side providing much creativity, it was perhaps inevitable that it would be a stroke of luck that brought about the opening goal.
A drilled Sarratt cross from the left-hand side caused confusion in the box, with several players leaving the ball for the goalkeeper to collect.
However, it sailed into the far corner of the goal to give the away side a 1-0 half-time lead.
Craig Attfield's men put in a stirring second-half performance to snatch the points.
They drew level just 10 minutes after the restart.
David Morris collected the ball and ran at the Sarratt defence before sliding it to Chris Jones.
The in-form striker brilliantly curled the ball into the top corner past a motionless goalkeeper.
That provided the springboard for the home side to press on for the victory and the away goal began to see more action than it had done in the first half.
Jones thought he had scored a second goal when he fired in a Peter Cross centre, but his effort was ruled out for offside. He then tested the goalkeeper with a free-kick.
At the other end Lemsford's defenders were still working hard to prevent any danger of Sarratt grabbing a second goal.
With the match coming to an end, a winner was beginning to look unlikely in a tight game.
However, a quick counter-attack proved to be the match defining moment.
Nick Roll took a quick throw on the halfway line forward into the path of Morris.
The former North Mymms midfield player ran through on goal and slotted in Lemsford's winner.
Sarratt responded with a late onslaught but the excellent defensive duo of Steve Cross and Chang helped keep them at bay, with full backs Cory and substitute Adam Taylor also working hard to preserve the lead.
The final whistle meant Lemsford kept their fine run of form going, although their next match on Saturday sees them face the only side to have beaten them in four months - Wodson Park FC.