Home woes end for Stotfold but another defeat for Arlesey
Saturday football round-up IT has certainly not been home, sweet home for Stotfold and Arlesey in recent months. Both clubs had failed to win at home in 2006 in their respective leagues before the weekend. Although Arlesey lost to continue their miserable
Saturday football round-up
IT has certainly not been home, sweet home for Stotfold and Arlesey in recent months.
Both clubs had failed to win at home in 2006 in their respective leagues before the weekend.
Although Arlesey lost to continue their miserable run, Stotfold ended their woes by winning 4-2 against visitors Cogenhoe.
This was their first win at Roker Park since December 3 and their first three points over Cogenhoe in 10 years!
Junior George opened the scoring after winning the ball in the middle of the park and latching on to Paul Harrington's return ball into the box on four minutes.
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A great reaction save from Nigel Blower kept the visitors at bay soon after but a poorly defended corner allowed Rob Goldring to head an equaliser on 27 minutes.
Stotfold's lead was restored two minutes later when Harrington's free-kick from the right was headed into the corner by Ryan Frater at the far post for his first goal of the season.
Cogenhoe drew level again though Goldring on 37 minutes with a tap in at the far post after a cross from the right.
A long ball upfield from Dean Chapman allowed Jason Thomas to beat the offside trap for the first time and slot a low shot under keeper Pete Earl 12 mins into the second half.
Apart from a few long-range efforts, Blower was rarely troubled in the Stotfold goal.
Three minutes from time, sub Dwayne Grant was fouled in the box and this allowed Chapman to step up and secure all three points.
There was a late scare when a free-kick from Richard Bunting came back off the crossbar, was headed back towards goal by Tom McGowan but cleared off the line by Chapman.
Rokermen: N Blower, McElroy, S Blower (Bailey 64), Frater, Chapman, Beckett, Benton, Harrington (Grant 67), Thomas, George, Hussain.
Arlesey Town went down 1-0 at home to Chatham in a dour 90 minutes.
It is now three months - since December 27 - that the Blues won a league game at Hitchin Road.
The Arlesey defence worked tirelessly to keep a clean sheet but they got caught on the break and paid the price.
Carle Tasker, making his debut in the Blues goal, did not get his hands on the ball until the 20th minute.
Minutes later, a sliced clearance was palmed on to the bar by Tasker as Chatham nearly took a surprise lead.
Tasker was then in the thick of it again, blocking a shot with his foot.
The second 45 minutes saw little improvement.
Still it was Arlesey who had most of the possession but a quick break broke the deadlock for Chatham.
Simon Austin was allowed far too much room and drilled the ball across the face of the goal into the far corner.
Kaan Fehmi replaced Tom Hobbs but he was soon injured with Stuart Beevor coming on.
Arlesey had lost any rhythm they had and never looked like troubling Kevin Fewell in the Chatham goal.
Blues: Tasker, Hobbs (Fehmi, Beevor), Bloss, Njotsa, Hay, Cox, Nicholl, Gregson, Foster (Williams), McKenzie, Tekell.
Langford were beaten 2-0 at home by London Colney.
Arlesey Athletic shared the points at Winslow United thanks to goals from Lee Shambrook and Jez Wiseman.