Blues almost upset the formbook!
The most entertaining of 0-0 draws
Bostik League North Division
Saturday 13th January 2018
Hertford Town 0(0) Dereham Town 0(0)
On the evidence of their second-half superiority the Blues can count themselves a little unfortunate not to have taken all three points from third-placed, promotion-chasing, Dereham Town.
Although goal-less this was an absorbing game in which chances were at a premium. The visitors were denied a goal by two outstanding saves from Charlie Mann in the space of a minute, midway through the first-half, and the Blues grazed the top of the bar with two good efforts from Charlie Cole and Phil Lowen in the second.
Charlie Mann’s saves came in the 23rd minute; the first from a free kick that was deflected off the ‘wall’ and the second, a superb reaction save from a volley from ten yards out. The first save was a one-handed parry just under the bar which Dan Palmer did well to head away and, when the ball was returned into the box Charlie dived to his left to deflect the ball for a corner.
Both efforts were worthy of earning the visitors a valuable lead but, as it turned out, they were the only serious efforts on goal that they were to have. The Blues clearly took heart from Charlie’s saves and gradually grew in confidence. They matched their lofty opponents for the remainder of the half and were much the better team in the second, but didn’t quite have enough firepower to break down a resolute defence.
The draw sees the Blues still undefeated in 2018 and gave further evidence of the way in which the evolving team is adjusting to Step 4 football. Dan Palmer and Jay Lovell played well together at the heart of the Blues defence and Luke Illsley gave a tireless display in the centre of midfield.
Team: Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Luke Foster, Phil Lowen, Jay Lovell, Dan Palmer, Ricky Light (Matt Thomson 79’), Luke Illsley, Charlie Cole (Tommy Wade 83’), George Lutaaya (Aaron Diveney 89’), and Brett O’Connor.
Subs not used: Charlie Ruff and Harry Crook.
Match report by Ray Greenall