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20th May 2012
The Under 18’s South played two matches, there was not a lot of joy in the first match for manager Peter Towndrow but in the second match he was beaming like a Cheshire Cat.
They played Echoes in the first game away and lost 5 – 3, but they nearly made a great comeback as at one point in the game they were trailing 5 – 0 early in the second half. Scoring the goals for the South were George Knight with two plus Jamie Denyer with a penalty. Both players also struck the post with further efforts on goal. Mario Hadjisavva also had a spot kick saved and later in the game the same player also had a cracking shot rebound off the cross bar. So despite all the pressure there were no further goals for the South and they had to settle for a 5 – 3 defeat.
In their next game, which was played at Clarence Park Peter Towndrow’ Squad took on Harpenden Dynamos All Stars in a rematch between the sides when they last played in the 2006 George Walker Memorial Trophy. For this game Towndrow cried “Go West my lads” as he changed their name back to the original team name from 2006. Both teams were playing for the George Walker memorial Trophy Revisited and after a slow start the West finally opened the scoring. A great through ball from Mario Hadjisavva found Dominic Oliver who with a great curling shot found the far corner of the net to make it 1 – 0. Although Harpenden found an equaliser the West regained the lead when a great solo run from Harvey Scott saw him strike a cracking shot past the visitors keeper to make it 2 – 1. Later on Scott had another effort on goal which smashed against the cross bar and back into play. Into the second half the west went 3 – 1 up when yet another good pass from Hadjisavva found Dominic Oliver just inside the box and with a classy finish he struck the ball with such power that it nearly broke the back of the net.
Mario Hadjisavva had one drive tipped around the post and then another smack against the underside of the cross bar and bounce back into play only for David Towndrow to race in and head the ball home to make the final score 4 – 1. James Pellington nearly added another goal following a mazy run into the box but his low drive was beaten away. Manager Towndrow was beaming after the game with his teams performance and is now looking for a ‘Big Club’ to come after him, he may not know a lot about tactics but he can talk about football.
The Under 18’s East were away to Northwood and they came back with all three points after a 2 – 1 victory with goals from Freddie Dines and Matt Springall. The East then played title chasers Harvesters at home and after a close match they lost 2 – 1 with Dan Rosson scoring their only goal. In their last match of the season they took on Harvesters again and recorded a fine 1 – 0 victory and stopped Harvesters from winning the league. The only goal of the match came from a neat finish by Joe Donaghey in the second half. Hard working midfielder Matt Springall was named MOTM.
Another team catching up on games were the Under 16’s North, they lost 2 – 1 to Harvesters following a very tight match which only saw a few chances for both teams. The North’s goal was scored by MOTM John Little. In their next game they took on the winners of the White Division, Northwood and by half time they found themselves 2 – 0 down. In the second period they North fought back and nearly inflicted the first defeat of the season on Northwood when they scored two goals for the match to end 2 – 2. The scorers for the North were Jay Caines and John Little which sees them finish fourth in the league.
At home to Cassiobury Rangers were the Under 15’s North and by the break they found themselves 3 – 0 down despite the North having some hard luck in front of goal. In the second half the visitors scored two more goals but this seemed to fire the North up and goals from Gus Scott and James Thompson made the score line more respectable. The final score was 5 – 2.
The Under 14’s North, playing in the Challenge Cup lost 3 – 2 to Whetstone Wanderers with goals from Charlie Ward and Nathan Gibbons. The MOTM went to keeper Tom McLeod after he had a fine game between the sticks.
The North next played Chorleywood at home in their final league fixture of the season and they finished in style with a 4 – 1 victory. Scoring the goals were Akin Akinbinu, Charlie Ward, Stuart Peet plus a penalty from Harry Fennel. This now sees the North finish in third place and just one point of second position in the red Division. Centre half Luke Lanham was named MOTM.
There were goals from Oliver Shepherd 2, Ellis Allan, Max Bull and Joe Lowthian which saw the Under 14’s West record a 5 – 3 win over Leverstock Green following a very entertaining match.
Away to Berkhamsted Raiders were the Under 13’s North and they go off to a slow start and were soon trailing two goals to nil by half time. After a stirring half time team talk the North staged a fine fight back with two brilliant headers from Jacob Grisenthwaite following excellent corner kicks from Charlie Lunnis. With ten minutes to go the North won a penalty which was duly scored by MOTM Kevin Kisson for them to win 3 – 2.
Finlay Auld scored the consolation goal for the Under 13’s South as they lost 5 – 1 away to Chorleywood with central midfielder Harry Newman-Booth winning the MOTM.
In between their two cup finals the Under 12’s North took on Alexandra Park at home in a top of the table league clash and early in the second half they had conceded two goals. The match then changed with the North hitting back with goals from Danny Diviny and Alfie Booth. With only a minute to go and a draw looking the likely score Alexandra Park, against the run of play broke to score a goal for them to win the match 3 – 2.
The Under 12’s West took on Evergreen in the Semi Final of the Spring Cup and after a very close game they finally lost by the odd goal in five, 3 – 2. The scorers for the West were Max Bunting and James Allen, Alex Verdier was named MOTM for a fine performance in goal.
At half time the Under 11’s North were trailing 2 – 0 against AEK Gold in the final of the Spring Shield but in the second half they fought back with two goals from Mario Equilez, one with only 30 seconds left on the clock to take the match to extra time. In extra time there were further goals from Matt Breeze and Rob McKee which saw the North win 4 – 2 for yet another great comeback.
The North then played Evergreen away and won 9 – 4 with Harry Smith scoring six goals, four in the first period to give them a 4 – 2 lead at the break. In the second half Mario Equilez scored a brace whilst Matt Breeze got one to wrap up the goals for the North. Tom Noble-Nesbitt was named MOTM.
The North then completed their league fixtures with an away game at Edmonton bears which saw them win convincingly by eight goals to nil after they had led 2 – 0 at half time. The goals came from MOTM Harry Smith 3, Matt Breeze 2 , Mario Equilez 2 plus one from Dominic EE. The North had a good season by winning the Spring Shield and finishing Runners up in the Green Division.
The Under 10’s East lost 6 – 1 to Harpenden Colts Black in the Semi Final of the Spring Cup with Aaron Peter scoring the East’s goal in the first half as they trailed 3 – 1 at the break. The MOTM for the East was keeper Samuel Jackson-Hale who produced a string of saves in both half’s of the match.
There were goals from Louis Baker-Madec, Will Baynham and MOTM Harvey Connor for the Under 9’s South which gave them a 3 – 1 away win over Lemsford Tigers.
At home to Bengeo Tigers the Under 9’s West lost 4 – 2 with goals from Luke Hill and Tim Davies. The MOTM went to Matthew Roome.
The Under 9’s Central had a fine 5 – 1 victory over Potters Bar Crusaders with a great all round team performance, with their opponents thinking they were seeing triple as the McVeigh Brothers covered every blade of grass on the pitch. In the first half it was Tom McVeigh who controlled the midfield, whilst in the second period it was his brother James who took over the role and he also scored with an amazing right footed screamer that found the back of the net. Next John McVeigh who worked hard throughout the game scored two goals. The other two goals came from Will Brown and Corey Rodriguez. The MOTM went to James McVeigh.
Next the Under 9’s Central played the Under 9’s North in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Orange Division Cup Final which saw them win 1 – 0 with Will Brown scoring the only goal of the game after only ten minutes play.
The Under 8’s West played a fun match at home to Hertford harts and their were goals from MOTM Luke Roberts 2, Ed McJannet and Huw Dawson.
Finishing the season with a decent performance were the Under 8’s Central in their fun match against Harpenden Pumas with goals from Alejandro Moreno Fernandez and one from MOTM Zahid Nasser.