Ashley plays major role in two wins

PUBLISHED: 10:04 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

The Blues have notched up two wins in four days in the Ryman League Division One North. They won 3-1 on their first visit to Bury Town s Ram Meadow Stadium on Tuesday night. This game was in doubt until early afternoon following the heavy overnight rain,

The Blues have notched up two wins in four days in the Ryman League Division One North.

They won 3-1 on their first visit to Bury Town's Ram Meadow Stadium on Tuesday night.

This game was in doubt until early afternoon following the heavy overnight rain, and after a scoreless but entertaining first half, Arlesey produced a fine second-half performance to win in style.

The home side almost took the lead in the 18th minute when Reed delivered a cross-shot that hit the inside of the post.

Craig Rydeheard was prominent, delivering a shot narrowly off target and then linking with player-manager Darran Hay whose effort glanced off the post.

Lee Tekell delivered a free-kick from 25 yards past the post, while Jack Rashid was called into action as the half drew to a close, diving to push a shot from Parker wide.

Arlesey took the lead in the 53rd minute as a three-man move ended with Dean McElroy bursting through from midfield to slot the ball past the home keeper.

Bury equalised in the 68th minute when despite James Gray blocking a cross, Reed was able to beat Rashid from close range.

Both sides were intent on forcing a victory, Rashid producing a good stop from Buggs and when Hay chased down a Tekell through ball, the home keeper was relieved to see his clearance rebound off Hay and go wide.

Arlesey grabbed a second in the 83rd minute when Ashley Townsend outpaced the Bury defence to net.

Then, in the 89th minute, Townsend again proved too hot to handle only to be stopped by a crude foul. Tekell delivered the perfect free-kick into the top corner for number three.

Blues squad: Rashid, Reed, McElroy, Barr, Dogbe, Gray, Clark, Tekell, Hay, Townsend, Rydeheard, Beckett, A Fehmi, Leon, Bliss.

Sub Townsend also inspired the Blues to a 2-0 home win over Witham Town on Saturday, scoring both goals.

Arlesey did most of the early running before Witham got into their stride.

Just prior to half time, Arlesey had their best chance when McElroy hit a firm low drive that was only parried by keeper Matt Cope. Nobody followed the shot in though and the keeper gathered the ball comfortably.

Townsend replaced Wayne Mills before Alexis Charalambous came on for Jon Barnett during the second half.

The first goal arrived on 75 minutes when Arlesey attacked down the left.

Gordon Barr's cross went across the face of the goal and the groans that echoed around the ground as three players missed the ball were replaced by cheers as Townsend came in from the right and rifled home.

Both sides reshuffled after the goal with Andy Reed replaced by Richard Beckett.

The killer second goal came on 86 minutes with Witham caught short at the back.

A piece of individual genius from Townsend saw him weave his way past defenders into a shooting position on the right to fire in number two, keeper Cope getting a hand to the shot but unable to keep it out.

The Blues continued to be good at the back - with Gray and man of the match Steve Dogbe in fine form - although only 85 people watched them perform.

Blues: Rashid, Reed (Beckett), McElroy, Barr, Dogbe, Gray, Barnett (Charalambous), Tekell, Hay, Mills (Townsend), Rydeheard.


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