Harts throw away the points in disappointing beginning

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

Blueharts managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Cambridge City in their first Premier A league game of the season. They managed to capitalise on some first-half pressure and were awarded a penalty stroke when Joel Ide improvised with s

Blueharts managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Cambridge City in their first Premier A league game of the season.

They managed to capitalise on some first-half pressure and were awarded a penalty stroke when Joel Ide improvised with some good skill after a broken down short corner. John Barrett kept his cool and fired the ball past the keeper.

The second half started much the same as the first with Harts not playing to their full potential.

Ten minutes in, Jimmy Lewis was on his own at the top of the circle and unleashed a powerful reverse stick strike to give Harts a two-goal lead.

This was the last of any quality play from the men in blue as Cambridge pulled one back straight after the restart.

Silly mistakes and consistent loss of possession allowed Cambridge to get back in the game and then take the lead. There were two chances for Harts to draw level in the dying minutes but some selfish forward play meant these options were not used.

The seconds were beaten 2-1 by newly promoted Shefford and Sandy.

After conceding an early goal, Blueharts equalised as Phil Britton got a deflection from an Andy Hicks cross. Sh'andy grabbed a breakaway winner a minute from time.

Letchworth went down by the odd goal in five at home to Chelmsford 3rds. Other scores: Letchworth II 2 Bishop's Stortford II 3, Letchworth III 5 West Herts IV 2, Letchworth IV 3 Luton III 0, Letchworth V 4 Stevenage V 0, Letchworth VI 0 Stevenage VI 1.

Stevenage lost 6-4 to Ford on the opening day of the league season in a thrilling 10-goal encounter.

The visitors went ahead first but Stevenage pulled it back with Ollie Holt slamming the ball home.

Again Ford pulled away and again Stevenage replied, with Henry Robinson finishing well.

Although Stevenage looked to buck the trend, Ford scored again before half time.

The second half saw Stevenage race out of the blocks, trying to get back into the game, but it was just not to be.

Ford scored again with an individual effort which left keeper Tim Dingley stranded at the top of the D.

Another goal from Holt gave Stevenage some hope which was dashed by another goal from Ford.

Ben Oliver attempted to lift the Stevenage hopes in the closing minutes with a fine goal but Ford closed it out by scoring a sixth.

Other scores: Hertford 2 Stevenage II 4, Stevenage II 6 (Andy Blaxill hat-trick) Rickmansworth III 1, Letchworth V 4 Stevenage V 0, Stevenage VI 1 Letchworth VI 0.

MBDA began the league season with a 2-1 victory over Bedford Town 5ths.

Paul Lawman crashed in the first goal 15 seconds from the pushback.

Bedford Town gained a fortunate equaliser due to errors in the defence.

Good work in the midfield supplied the winner 15 minutes from time, Chris Hose scoring.

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