Tekell’s double is not enough

PUBLISHED: 10:59 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 May 2010

Saturday football ARLESEY Town must consider it two points lost as they shared four goals at an improved Berkhamsted. After going two ahead, they failed to be ruthless enough in front of goal. As early as the third minute, a Lee Tekell free-kick from the

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ARLESEY Town must consider it two points lost as they shared four goals at an improved Berkhamsted.

After going two ahead, they failed to be ruthless enough in front of goal.

As early as the third minute, a Lee Tekell free-kick from the left was dropped by keeper Mazurek and the ball fell for Ben Hammond, whose shot was cleared at the second attempt.

The polished play of the visitors was rewarded in the 21st minute when Darran Hay found Paul Bloss, who drove down the left flank. His excellent cross required two touches from Tekell, the second giving the keeper no chance.

Two minutes later, Bloss took on the home rearguard again and as he was about to shoot, Mullins took his legs away. Tekell scored again from the penalty spot.

Berkhamsted survived conceding a third when Ozie Foster's header was cleared off the line when he looked certain to score and a Bloss free-kick was deflected onto the bar with Mazurek beaten.

The tide turned in the 38th minute when a clumsy challenge by Tekell on Khan just inside the box was adjudged worthy of a penalty.

Porter took the kick only for Nick Bussey to produce a superb save but Summers was the first to react and slot the ball home.

Confidence suddenly oozed through Berkhamsted's play and Khan almost equalised, stabbing a free-kick wide of the near upright.

They ended the half in the ascendancy after looking likely to concede a cricket score.

After the break, Hay was fouled on the edge of the box for Stuart Beevor to see his free-kick brilliantly saved by Mazurek.

Then a move between Foster and Hammond ended with Luke Gregson failing to make telling contact with a header; the ball dropped to Bloss whose shot was deflected for a corner.

In the 68th minute, the second incident that changed the game occurred when Mark Njotsa was red carded following a foul on Mullins - the referee adjudged he was the last defender.

Berkhamsted forced two quick corners, the second headed home at the far post by Thomas.

Arlesey shuffled the pack introducing Martin Williams and Kaan Fehmi and late in the game Danny Bowgett.

Fehmi almost regained the lead when his stabbed effort from a Tekell cross was pushed out by Mazurek.

The Blues forced five corners as the game neared its close but despite scrambled clearances, the hosts hung on. Indeed when they broke in the dying seconds, only a great tackle from Hammond denied Porter.

Blues: Bussey, Nicholl, Bloss, Tekell (Bowgett), Njotsa, Cox, Beevor (Fehmi), Gregson, Hay, Foster (Williams), Hammond.

Stotfold were relieved to come away from Ford Sports with a 1-1 draw.

The hosts went close to breaking the deadlock in a fairly even first half when Shane Geary's great dipping volley from about 25 yards out crashed off the underside of the bar on 28 minutes.

They did so six minutes later when a free-kick was played to Martin Jennings to volley in from close range.

Stotfold were level four minutes later with a real route one goal.

Keeper Nigel Blower collected a Ford Sports corner and kicked it long for Jason Blackett. He held it up and then unleashed a fierce strike from just outside the area to the right of the motionless keeper Graham Bott.

Blower produced several fine stops to protect a point on the restart before Stotfold could have stolen all three.

Blackett reacted to a loose ball in the box but his shot was parried by the keeper.

Rokermen: N Blower, DeSouza, Chapman, McElroy, Gonzague, Beckett, Benton (Cashman 80), Potter (S Blower 75), Blackett, Bascombe (Brown 88), Harrington.

Langford went down 3-0 to an impressive Hanwell side at Forde Park.

Their goals came from Ricky Pither after five minutes, Symon James five minutes after the break and Adam Jaso just before the end.

Arlesey Athletic crashed to a 4-0 home defeat against Brache Sparta to continue their slide down the SML Division One table.

The visitors scored through Gary Rogers (10 and 32 minutes) and Ashley Shanahan (52 and 72 minutes).

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