Blues break duck in 2006
Saturday football round-up ARLESEY Town won 3-1 at Uxbridge to reignite their push for the play-offs. It was their first win in five league games and their first in 2006. Playing four at the back, the balance looked good with Lee Tekell and the outstandin
Saturday football round-up
ARLESEY Town won 3-1 at Uxbridge to reignite their push for the play-offs.
It was their first win in five league games and their first in 2006.
Playing four at the back, the balance looked good with Lee Tekell and the outstanding Luke Gregson dominating the midfield areas.
The first half was noticeable for its lack of incident; several times the visitors made openings but ruined their work through lack of control in front of goal from Darran Hay and Charlie Henry.
Ozie Foster came closest when he shot into the side netting in the 31st minute.
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At the other end, Nick Bussey blocked an effort from Dinham and early on Swaysland directed a powerful volley over the bar.
In the 26th minute, Gavin Bamford looked likely to open the scoring for Uxbridge when James Dillnutt slipped on the difficult surface in attempting to clear but his shot ended in the side netting.
The second half opened with Dave Hatchett under hitting a back pass. Dinham ran clear but Bussey blocked his shot, and he denied the Uxbridge striker again minutes later with a smart save.
Arlesey took the lead in the 58th minute with a goal that owed everything to Gregson, who showed strength and skill in equal measure to shake off two defenders and give keeper Peacock no chance with a fierce shot.
This opportunity was as a result of a fine wing play between Foster and Ben Hammond.
Then the home defence was carved open again by Henry and Foster for Tekell to be denied at the expense of a corner.
Arlesey almost scored from the resultant corner, Gregson rising above the defence to power a header narrowly over the bar.
They added their second in the 73rd minute following an Uxbridge corner that was cleared to Hay. He played a superb ball to Henry, whose cross was headed home by Foster at the far post.
The Blues were well on top with Uxbridge making little impression and with six minutes remaining, they added a third as Michael Cox, up for a corner, intercepted a clearance to pick out Foster to slide home his second.
Uxbridge gained a consolation in the final minute from a low shot from Bamford.
The only sour note for Arlesey, who host Sittingbourne on Saturday, was a limping Dillnutt who had to be replaced 15 minutes from time.
Blues: Bussey, Dillnutt (Nichol 75), Bloss, Tekell, Hatchett, Cox, Hammond (Sylvester 88), Gregson, Hay, Foster, Henry.
There was stormy end to Stotfold's 2-1 win at St Ives,
Jason Blackett, back after around two months' out due to suspension and injury, was red carded in the last minute.
It followed St Ives going down to 10 men five minutes earlier after some ugly scenes.
Blackett was otherwise excellent and his presence will be vital as Richard Pringle has left to join Aylesbury United.
He was involved in Stotfold's opener on 14 minutes as great footwork saw him square for Adey Bascombe to convert.
Then when Blackett was fouled, Paul Harrington's free-kick skimmed the outside of the post.
After the beak, Blackett's strike was well parried by the keeper before St Ives equalised through Graeme Thackray 10 minutes in.
The winner arrived 12 minutes from time as keeper and defender got in a tangle from Jermaine Daley's cross. The ball fell to Harrington and he rifled home a shot from just inside the centre of the box.
The game erupted five minutes from the end when James Potter went down in an off-the-ball incident.
An ensuing fracas involved most players from both teams and Potter received a straight red card, followed minutes later by Blackett as the sides became tetchy.
Rokermen: N Blower, Daley, S Blower, Frater, McElroy, Harrington, Benton, Cashman, Potter, Bascombe, Blackett.
It was After the Lord Mayor's Show as Langford nearly conceded double figures at St Margaretsbury.
The Reds lost 9-0 - their heaviest ever South Midlands League defeat - just days after beating Dunstable Town in the Beds Senior Cup.
They were an amazing 7-0 down inside half an hour and just avoided the embarrassment of letting in 10.
Arlesey Athletic played out a goalless draw with another SML Division One top six side Sun Postal Sports.