Byrne is back with a bang

Wes Byrne marked his return to Stotfold colours with the opening goal in the 2-1 win over St Ives. The result was the club s first league win since December 2 and it was over the team that beat them 6-0 at the end of October. Despite Stotfold having the b

Wes Byrne marked his return to Stotfold colours with the opening goal in the 2-1 win over St Ives.

The result was the club's first league win since December 2 and it was over the team that beat them 6-0 at the end of October.

Despite Stotfold having the better of the possession in the first half, it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half.

Liam Kennett's powerful strike from the right on 37 minutes was parried over the bar at the near post by Nigel Blower.


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Callum Donnelly made a good run inside from the right and his left-foot shot went just wide of the bottom of the upright on 57 minutes.

Six minutes later, Ricky Case almost opened the scoring after he was picked out by Joe Philbin's free-kick on the right.

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But, after chipping the ball up in the air, his shot on the turn was straight at keeper Rob Mackney.

The first Stotfold goal came on 66 minutes after good swift passing from one end of the pitch to the other.

It finished with Tommy Hull's ball forward for the returning Byrne to take a touch and shoot under the St Ives keeper.

The lead only lasted three minutes as James Clarke turned the last defender and shot low to the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Stotfold's winner came six minutes from time after Bobby Dance picked out Louis Lee just to the left-hand side of the box who struck low through a crowded box.

Rokermen: Blower, Nicholl, Philbin, Hull, Juneja, Drury, Donnelly (Thorne), Lee, Byrne, Dance (Hemmel), Case.

Langford's leaky defence sent them spinning to a 5-1 home defeat by free-scoring Hertford Town.

Only the return of Dan Goad between the sticks for the first time in a year stopped the scoreline being even worse.

The sides went down to 10 men apiece when Langford's Shayne Willett and Ryan Redford from Hertford were red carded after an altercation.

Reds were already three down when Thomas Mustapha scored a consolation before Hertford scored twice more to make it eight league games without a win for the Forde Park side.

Arlesey Athletic shared the points in a 2-2 draw at Stony Stratford in the SML Division One.

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