Blueharts restore some confidence

A short corner strike from John Barrett and two goals from Jimmy Lewis gave Blueharts a much-needed 3-0 victory against Dereham. On the back of a 7-0 drubbing, Blueharts knew they had to put in a strong performance. Blueharts survived a scare as Dereham b

A short corner strike from John Barrett and two goals from Jimmy Lewis gave Blueharts a much-needed 3-0 victory against Dereham.

On the back of a 7-0 drubbing, Blueharts knew they had to put in a strong performance.

Blueharts survived a scare as Dereham broke away and bundled the ball in but the goal was dubiously disallowed.

To rub salt into the wounds, Blueharts soon took the lead. A strong pacy run from Adam Wells brought about a second short corner for the home side, and captain Barrett stepped up with an inch perfect strike into the bottom corner.

Harts then dominated possession and soon got a second goal thanks to Lewis after a cross from the right wing found him unmarked in front of the keeper.

The game was made safe midway through the second half when a quick breakaway from Olly Hammond allowed Lewis to break clear, round the keeper and flick into the net.

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A penalty flick was then conceded with 10 minutes to play. Goalkeeper Will Pugh was sent the wrong way but it was disallowed as the umpire's whistle had not been blown.

The seconds shared six goals with their Letchworth counterparts thanks to goals from Phil Britton, Tom White and Ben Meyer.

Letchworth won 3-1 against formidable opposition in Ipswich.

Despite a long journey to Ipswich, Letchworth started well and within the first five minutes, Ian Haywood struck the post from a pinpoint pass delivered by Phill Combes.

Letchworth deservedly opened the scoring when Tom Butler smashed the ball across the D to a free Matthew Scott who neatly slotted in the back of the net.

Chris Wharton and Butler were relentless as the engine of the midfield, and their efforts paid off with a deflection from Butler through the goalkeeper's legs, when Dave Gentry fiercely struck the ball from the top of the D, putting Letchworth 2-0 up at half time.

Ipswich responded well to the break, and looked a lot more dangerous than they had in the first half and clawed a goal back.

The away side persisted to attack the Ipswich defence, and after two Letchworth attempts were thwarted by the woodwork, Scott Apps finally slotted the ball in from the top of the D.

Letchworth face Cambridge City this Saturday at the fortress of Whitethorn Lane where they remain undefeated.

Other scores: Letchworth II 3 Blueharts II 3; Letchworth III 2 Broxbourne IV 1; Letchworth IV 3 Broxbourne V 6; Letchworth V 0 Shefford and Sandy III 2; Letchworth VI 3 Potters Bar III 3.

MBDA were brought quickly down to earth in a lacklustre display against close league rivals, Winchmore Hill and Enfield, falling to a 3-1 defeat.

Two goals in quick succession in the first half, and a third midway through the second, were enough to give the visitors all three points.

MBDA scored a consolation goal near the end, with Dave Goode advancing unchallenged into the D to guide the ball neatly over the diving keeper.

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