Blues fade away after bright start

Arlesey Town Arlesey Town are firmly in mid-table after picking up just one point from six in the Ryman League Division One North. The Blues went down 3-1 at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night after Saturday s home draw. Craig Rydeheard and Dean McElroy were

Arlesey Town

Arlesey Town are firmly in mid-table after picking up just one point from six in the Ryman League Division One North.

The Blues went down 3-1 at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night after Saturday's home draw.

Craig Rydeheard and Dean McElroy were out injured but on the plus side Paul Bloss returned for his first appearance since he dislocated his shoulder at Tilbury in February.

The star of the first half was home keeper Gavin Tilbrook who on three occasions prevented the Blues scoring, but the second half was a different story with the Blues not in contention.

In the second minute, Kaan Fehmi decided to cross when he was well placed to score.

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Waltham Abbey took the lead in the 28th minute when Power steamed through from midfield beating two tackles before bending the ball past Jack Rashid.

Arlesey equalised five minutes later as Fehmi delivered the perfect cross from the right for Gordon Barr to net with a powerful header.

The remaining action saw the home keeper deny Paul Barnes twice, tipping one effort brilliantly over the bar, and then producing a superb stop as a free-kick from Lee Tekell seemed destined for the top corner.

Waltham Abbey got away to a dream start in the second half.

O'Sullivan, overlapping in the left wing position, received the ball on the edge of the box and hit a powerful shot that gave Rashid no chance.

Arlesey just could not get going and looked vulnerable to a revitalised home attack.

And in the 74th minute the game was over as a move though the middle ended with Williamson rolling in number three.

Blues: Rashid, Reed, Bloss, Barr, K Fehmi, Dogbe, Gray, Charamboulis, Tekell, Townsend, Barnes. Subs: Hay, Clark, A Fehmi, Leon, Bliss.

n Arlesey shared the points at home to Wivenhoe on Saturday in a dour 1-1 draw.

A blustery wind did not deter either side from playing long, high balls in a scrappy encounter.

Arlesey's first real chance fell to Rydeheard whose powerful header was well held by keeper Ollie Saunders.

Wivenhoe broke, forced a corner, and this created panic in the Arlesey goalmouth. First the ball came back off the underside of the bar and the second attempt was headed off the line and scrambled clear.

Arlesey attacked again as a James Gray header was tipped over the bar.

After the break, and playing against the wind, Arlesey went one down after 56 minutes as indecision at the back allowed Steve Parmenter an easy tap home.

Eleven minutes later, Barnes christened his debut with a goal.

He moved swiftly onto a through ball to just beat the keeper to the ball and deftly flick it over him.

The Arlesey goal then led a charmed life as Wivenhoe cleverly exploited the wind.

Rashid played Russian Roulette by dribbling the ball out before losing possession and he was scrambling back to his goal when Stafford Browne shot woefully over.

Moments later, Terry Rymer headed over an open goal, with the Blues reduced to long-range shots as they struggled against the wind.

Blues: Rashid, Reed, Barr, K Fehmi (Clark), Dogbe, Gray, Charamboulis, Tekell, Mills, Barnes, Rydeheard (Townsend).

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