Better for the Blues

PUBLISHED: 11:56 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

ARLESEY Town could not break the deadlock at fellow play-off hopefuls Dartford. Following their relatively poor show at Barton just after New Yea, the Blues came out with all guns blazing and should have come away with all three points but for some bad lu

ARLESEY Town could not break the deadlock at fellow play-off hopefuls Dartford.

Following their relatively poor show at Barton just after New Yea, the Blues came out with all guns blazing and should have come away with all three points but for some bad luck in front of goal.

It was not for the lack of trying as Darran Hay's effort came back off the crossbar in the first half and his lob over the keeper in the second half was just stopped on the line by a retreating defender.

Luke Gregson and Scott Houghton both kept the home keeper's hands warm during the match.

Dartford could also count themselves unlucky when they too had an effort cleared off the line.

It was still a much better show by the Blues, who must maintain this kind of performance if they want to be in the play-offs at the end of the season.

They are at home to Corby Town on Saturday and host UCL Premier Division leaders Potton United in the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Stotfold were unlucky not to earn at least a point in a five-goal thriller at Yaxley.

They were not outplayed in the first half despite conceding twice in five minutes midway through the half.

A good strike from Mark Paul into the top corner opened the scoring after 26 minutes.

Then Ryan Frater's clearance deflected off the referee to Paul just inside the box and he sent a low shot past Nigel Blower.

Stotfold were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for a foul on Darren Dykes before both sides threatened again before the break.

Blower tipped a close range header from Simon Acton over from a corner, while Adey Bascombe's chip over the keeper was also scooped away.

Stotfold deservedly pulled one back two minutes into the new half when Richard Pringle's shot went in, aided by a slight deflection off Michael Goode.

Yaxley restored their two-goal lead on 55 minutes as Michael Gonzague fouled Paul, who converted the penalty himself to complete his hat-trick.

There was hope for Stotfold a quarter of an hour from time as Richard Beckett curled home an absolute peach, his first goal for more than a year.

Following a long spell of Stotfold pressure, a great low save by Blower from David Cobb's shot prevented a fourth for Yaxley.

Rokermen: N Blower, Daley, S Blower, Frater, Gonzague, Beckett, Cashman, Dykes, Pringle, Bascombe (Potter 72), Harrington.

Langford made it two successive league away victories by winning 3-0 at fellow strugglers Haringey thanks to two goals from Wayne Goldsmith (24 and 75 minutes) and one for Russell Bull (59 minutes).

Arlesey Athletic's form has dipped alarmingly in SML Division One. They conceded a last minute penalty to be beaten 3-2 at home by Winslow despite goals from Scott Mahoney and top scorer Ian Thorne.

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