Blues pay the price for missed chances
Bad end to 2017
Bostik League North Division
Saturday 30th December 2017
Mildenhall Town 2(0) Hertford Town 0(0)
Kicking up a considerable slope into a stiff breeze, the Blues might have felt that that had done much of the hard work when they went in a half-time with the game still scoreless. In reality, they should really have taken a lead into the break but Ricky Light had been denied by the crossbar and Charlie Cole had been defeated by a terrible bobble when through on goal with only the keeper to beat.
It was Phil Lowen who had set up this chance for Charlie Cole in the 35th minute; a half in which the Blues had created a number of good opportunities and had drawn other good saves from the Mildenhall keeper. Ricky Light’s effort that had struck the crossbar came in the 43rd minute when he had intercepted a poor clearance from the keeper and hit the ball fully 40 yards at the empty goal for what would have been a spectacular goal!
Neither chance had been taken, however, but, with the advantage of slope and wind to come in the second half, the prospects of a win looked favourable. And that win might have been effectively sealed had Ricky Light taken a golden opportunity to score in only the second minute of it. Moving onto another superb pass from Phil Lowen, he had only to keeper to beat but was denied by a fine save by the home custodian.
With the game still scoreless, the longer it went on the more it seemed that the first goal would be decisive. The hosts had been without a win since the middle of October and were going through a difficult time even though they had still been picking up points and were comfortably placed in mid-table. Their luck was due for a change in fortune and it duly happened in 67th minute when the Blues defended a disputed corner poorly and Mildenhall’s man-of-the-match and central defender, Josh Curry, half-volleyed home at the back post.
Any chance the Blues had of rescuing something from the situation was soon extinguished when, only five minutes later, Mildenhall added s second. Pushing forward in search of an equaliser, the Blues were punished for a defensive slip and Stevenage loanee Claudio Ofuso, raced free to slot past Charlie Mann.
Content with their lead, the hosts then ‘shut up shop’ and saw the game out without any further alarms.
Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Tyler Hatherly, Matt Thomson, Michael Toner, Dan Palmer, Ricky Light, Luke Illsley, Phil Lowen (Ben Andreos 76’), Charlie Cole and Brett O’Connor(George Lutaaya 63’).
Subs not used: Aaron Diveney and Harry Crook.
Match report by Ray Greenall