Wood strike enough for Stripes

PUBLISHED: 11:43 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes Under-10s rolled up their sleeves and showed real character to beat Hertford Heath in a bruising encounter. When these two sides met earlier in the year, Stripes romped to an easy win. But the return match last

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes Under-10s rolled up their sleeves and showed real character to beat Hertford Heath in a bruising encounter.

When these two sides met earlier in the year, Stripes romped to an easy win.

But the return match last weekend saw an altogether more committed performance from Hertford and they could count themselves unlucky to leave Sherardswood empty-handed.

The visitors were beaten by a solitary goal scored by Peter Wood midway through the first half.

In an evenly matched opening period, Stripes were driven forward by an energetic Jordan Dunbar and the intelligent passing of Callum Burtenshaw, who sprayed the ball around the pitch with precision.

When the midfielder sent Owen McGrath free on the left, his whipped in cross caused panic in the away defence and Wood profited with a fine finish.

Heath pushed for an equaliser but Stripes stood firm.

Billy Newby and Sebastian Melendez were immense in the heart of the home defence.

However, they were eclipsed for the man-of-the-match award by goalkeeper Thomas Mallindine, who pulled off a string of fine saves.

Stripes still had their chances. Melendez volleyed over from outside the box, while Matt Evans hit a rasping shot into the side-netting after being played in by an in-form Wood.

With the clock ticking down, Hertford were awarded a free-kick just outside the area. It was struck sweetly and looked to be sailing into the top right-hand corner but Mallindine somehow got a hand to it.


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