Harts up to third after victory
Blueharts moved up to joint third place in the league after beating Dereham 3-1. Both sides created early chances but it was Dereham who took the lead when a defensive error gifted them a goal and the visitors kept this lead until half time. The second ha
Blueharts moved up to joint third place in the league after beating Dereham 3-1.
Both sides created early chances but it was Dereham who took the lead when a defensive error gifted them a goal and the visitors kept this lead until half time.
The second half saw a different Blueharts take the field.
The boys in blue began to dominate in more areas of the pitch and were soon rewarded when Gillan Ide scored from a well-worked short corner routine.
Harts applied more pressure and seemed to be moving the ball with ease.
They were then awarded a penalty stroke when a Dereham defender stopped the ball on the line with his foot which John Barrett expertly converted.
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Now ahead, the confidence grew and some good passages of play resulted in a number of shot corners and goalscoring chances.
Captain Oliver Hammond sealed the win when he smashed the ball into the corner from another well-worked short corner routine.
Dereham did put up a fight towards the end but a superb performance by goalie Will Pugh meant the visitors went home empty handed.
The seconds thrashed Luton Town 6-1 in an excellent all-round performance.
A goalmouth scramble resulted in Michael Weeks' shot rebounding high into the net with the help of the bar.
Blueharts were caught on the break and conceded an equaliser against the run of play.
Tim Price was rewarded for his persistence with a close range strike and Ben Meyer got a crucial third early in the second period.
Phil Britton's double strike put the game beyond doubt and Price sealed his brace with another effort close to the end.
Letchworth were knocked out of the Harrod HA Trophy after picking up league points the day before.
Goals from Robbie Balsom and Ian Heywood earned a 2-0 win at Luton.
But Letchworth were beaten 4-3 at Tunbridge Wells in Sunday's Trophy tie.
Other scores: Letchworth II 3 (Wareing, Ward) Bishop's Stortford III 1; Shefford and Sandy II 5 Letchworth III 2 (Brown, McIntyre-Brown); Letchworth IV 2 (Fraser, Hewlett) West Herts IV 2; Broxbourne 5 Letchworth V 0; Letchworth VI 2 (Gordon, Knight) Royston V 5.
Stevenage produced a barnstorming display after the break to brush aside an in-form Southend at home.
Things started off badly when the Southend forward ran through unchallenged to slot home after only a minute.
Southend could have doubled their lead but for a fine save from keeper Tim Dingley.
Stevenage finally woke up and Danny Blackburn found Mike Oliver in acres of room to fire in the equaliser.
In the second half Stevenage scored their second when Jon Oliver set up brother Ben whose ferocious effort roofed the net.
Their third goal came when Matt Oliver slipped the ball to skipper Blackburn who made no mistake.
Rob Brown made it four after a pass from Ollie Holt and Ben Oliver scored a fifth with a pass from Chris Strickland.
Southend then got a second against the run of play before good work from Blackburn, David Fisk and Jon Oliver resulted in Mike Oliver scoring.
Chances fell to Gary Brown, John Mould and Chris Nichols before Rob Brown made it seven for the home side.
Other scores: Bishop's Stortford II 4 Stevenage II 4 (Wilcock, H Robinson two, Crocker); Stevenage III 1 Southgate Adelaide II 1 (Blaxill); Welwyn Garden City IV 2 Stevenage IV 4 (I Brown two, Miller, Wallace); Stevenage V 0 Winchmore Hill and Enfield IV 2; West Herts VI 4 Stevenage 6s 0.
MBDA picked up more league points at fourth place Cheshunt 2nds.
It took only five minutes for MBDA to take a grip of the game.
Captain Adrian Monks was scythed down just outside the penalty area and Austin Mahoney soon slotted away the first of MBDA's goal rout with a strong strike.
Cheshunt allowed MBDA to attack from the restart with Paul Lawman scoring with a low drive.
Against the run of play, Cheshunt penetrated MBDA's defence to snatch a goal back,
MBDA went for the jugular as Chris Hose beat the central defender and lifted expertly over the sprawling keeper before Lawman got his hat-trick with an outstanding strike into the top corner and then another low drive into the bottom corner.
MBDA led 5-1 half time and this was how it stayed despite Cheshunt being reduced to 10 men.