The Herts Senior County Football League round-up
Codicote were back in league action and continued their unbeaten run by beating Mill End Sports 4-1. Baldock Town Letchworth travelled to London Lions and the home side showed exactly why they are currently top of the Premier Division. London Lions took t
Codicote were back in league action and continued their unbeaten run by beating Mill End Sports 4-1.
Baldock Town Letchworth travelled to London Lions and the home side showed exactly why they are currently top of the Premier Division.
London Lions took the lead on 11 minutes when an uncontested short corner was crossed into the box for a home defender to head past Jack Farmer.
Despite a couple of attempts from Gareth Grant and Harry Holland, Baldock Town found themselves with a mountain to climb on 34 minutes when they went two behind as they struggled to cope with the home side's excellent passing game.
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The defence failed to deal with a clever through ball and the Lions forward beat the onrushing Farmer to lift into the empty net.
Baldock wasted two excellent chances minutes before the interval when both Adam Shelley and Lee Rusbridge blazed wide from close range.
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The second period saw a revival as they began to stifle London Lions as well as creating chances of their own.
Matt Hoy headed home a fine cross from Shelley on 77 minutes to give them real hope, but a suicidal back pass from Scott Grant four minutes later gifted London Lions a third and the three points.
The home side got a flattering fourth with two minutes to go. This season is a steep learning curve for Steve King's side, and they will be hoping to bounce back when Evergreen visit the County Ground this Saturday for the first of four consecutive home matches.
Knebworth were unable to get off the bottom of the table when they were beaten away to Sandridge Rovers 4-1.
Hitchin Town Arena were away to bottom team AFC Hatfield Town and were comfortable 7-0 winners.
Bedwell Rangers were at home against Hinton and what a game it was - a real nine-goal thriller to record their first home win in the county league.
Two free-kicks from Frenchman Cyrip Dupere meant the teams were level and then Taye Fagborun beat two players before drilling the ball past the Hinton keeper.
Bedwell found themselves 4-2 up in the second half when a cross from Jamie Kingston was headed past the Hinton goalkeeper by his own defender.
Hinton pulled a goal back but Carl Slade was played in one-on-one with the goalkeeper and kept his calm to make it 5-3.
In a dramatic finish, Hinton made it 5-4 and had a goal ruled out for offside, while Bedwell's Slade had a goal disallowed and Lloyd Taylor was sent off for retaliation.
Kimpton Rovers were at home against Letchworth Garden City Eagles and the game finished all square at 2-2.
* Bedwell Rangers are looking for new players to strengthen their current squad.
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Saturday, September 27
Senior Premier Division: Codicote 4 Mill End Sports 1, London Lions 4 Baldock Town Letchworth 1, Sandridge Rovers 4 Knebworth 1.
Senior Division One: AFC Hatfield Town 0 Hitchin Town Arena 7, Bedwell Rangers 5 Hinton 4, Kimpton Rovers 2 Letchworth Garden City Eagles 2.
Saturday, October 4
Senior Premier Division: Baldock Town Letchworth v Evergreen, Knebworth v Park Street Village.
Senior Division One: Bedwell Rangers v Debden Sports, Kimpton Rovers v Harpenden Rovers, Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Hitchin Town Arena.