Saints march on against City
PUBLISHED: 17:06 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 1 Chalfont St Peter 3 MARK HEMMINGS reports from Herns Lane WGC put up a real fight against league leaders Chalfont St Peter on Saturday but still slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Herns Lane. Th
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Welwyn Garden City 1 Chalfont St Peter 3
MARK HEMMINGS reports from Herns Lane
WGC put up a real fight against league leaders Chalfont St Peter on Saturday but still slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Herns Lane.
The Citizens had the best of the opening exchanges but fell behind against the run of play to a Daniel Hughes goal 14 minutes in.
City deservedly levelled just before the break through substitute Alex Kinsley.
Chalfont upped the ante in the second period and claimed a win after strikes from sub Charlie Strutton and a second late on for Hughes.
Howard Cowley's men gave a good account of themselves against the Saints who, in the league, have won seven consecutive times and gone an incredible 22 matches unbeaten.
The hosts started brightly and won a couple of early corners.
After centre midfielder Jordon Lockie took one of these on the right side his kick was cleared back to him.
He looped a second cross back into the box but it eluded everyone and struck the far post.
WGC defender Daniel Awolesi flung himself at the rebound but couldn't direct his header at goal.
However, the Saints scored from their first attack. Winger Jerome Okimo and Terrell Lewis interchanged on the left side before a deep cross was hit to the back post.
As the ball looked to be bouncing out for a goal kick, a Toby Francis overhead kick put it back into the danger area for Hughes to tuck past keeper Simon Bartley.
Further chances fell to the visitors as they came more into the game after taking the lead.
Francis hit a volley straight at Bartley for the Buckinghamshire side and Hughes shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.
WGC chased the game as they looked to get back on level terms.
Dan Griggs tried his luck from distance, but his volley went harmlessly wide of goal.
Chalfont keeper Michael Powell-Simpson then kept his side ahead with a brilliant save.
A Lockie corner from the right was nodded towards the corner of the goal by new recruit Jake Parratt.
The former Colney Heath player's effort looked destined for the net until the stopper pulled off a fine one-handed save before gathering the ball.
Awolesi went off suffering from illness and was replaced by Kinsley.
With five minutes to play before half-time, the home side equalised.
The referee adjudged that a Chalfont throw in the WGC half was a foul throw.
Skipper Neil Dawes took the throw for the Citizens and it was flicked on to Griggs by Craig Tomkins.
Griggs then picked out Parratt on the right flank. He skipped passed one man and delivered a dangerous ball into the opposition box.
It was met at the back post by the boot of Kinsley, who found the back of the net.
It was all Chalfont after the break and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 64 minutes.
Bradley Bubb got in behind the WGC backline and shot at Bartley.
The City stopper saved but could only parry the ball and sub Strutton put his side back in the lead.
The Herns Lane club had little in response to this and it was the Saints who looked more likely to score again.
Okimo headed straight at Bartley from a free-kick and then Strutton had a goal disallowed for a foul on the home keeper.
For WGC, Lockie had a 30-yard drive deflected wide after Kinsley had rolled a free-kick to him, but other than that they created very little.
Hughes sealed the points for Chalfont two minutes from the end when he tucked in after Bubb had hit the bar from an Okimo right wing cross.