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Thu 22 Mar 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 94

Blues make the most of long away trip

Norwich on a Thursday night?!

Bostik League North Division
Thursday 22nd March 2018
Norwich United 1(0) Hertford Town 2(2)
(Beck 6’, Ruff 25’)

A mid-week round trip of more than 200 miles proved to be no obstacle in the Blues coming away from relegation-threatened Norwich United with all three points on Thursday.

First-half goals from Jason Beck and Charlie Ruff were enough to see off a battling Norwich side who were playing their third game in the space of six days and who came close to grabbing a point with an 85th minute goal and a good effort in injury time that brought a blinding save out of Charlie Mann.

These last few minutes apart, the Blues had always looked likely winners. Once they had taken a sixth-minute lead through a Jason Beck header off the underside of the bar, from Jay Lovell’s long throw in the hosts’ goal area, the Blues tended to have the edge in a highly competitive encounter in which time on the ball was in short supply.

Charlie Ruff’s close range strike in the 25th minute gave the Blues a two-goal advantage for only the second time in the league this season and set the Blues on the path to their thirteenth league victory. The home keeper made a fantastic save to deny Eman Osei when he tipped Eman’s fierce strike onto the bar but the ball broke to Brett O’Connor whose follow-up was stabbed home by an alert Charlie Ruff.

Further chances fell to the Blues but the home side were not without their opportunities either. They hit a post ten minutes before half-time and brought good saves out of Charlie Mann on the stroke of half-time and full-time. The home custodian had his moments too, including a great save from Charlie Ruff in the 72nd minute.

Overall, though, the Blues were worthy of their win and the hosts played well enough to suggest that they won’t be in the relegation mix come the end of the season.

Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Michael Toner, Matt Thomson, Jay Lovell, Jason Beck, George Lutaaya, Luke Illsley, Emmanuel Osei, Charlie Ruff(Ricky Light 82’) and Brett O’Connor(Phil Lowen 89’),

Subs not used: Dan Palmer and Charlie Cole.

Match report by Ray Greenall

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Key moments

Goal Jason Beck scores for Hertford Town
Goal Charlie Ruff scores for Hertford Town
Goal Goal for Norwich United


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90:00 Sub On
Phil Lowen is substituted on for Hertford Town
90:00 Sub Off
Brett O'Connor is substituted off for Hertford Town
87:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Norwich United
83:00 Sub On
Ricky Light is substituted on for Hertford Town
83:00 Sub Off
Charlie Ruff is substituted off for Hertford Town
End of period 1
25:00 Goal 0 - 2
Charlie Ruff scores for Hertford Town
6:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jason Beck scores for Hertford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Norwich United
  • Hertford Town
  • 0
  • Jason Beck Goal 6:00'
  • Charlie Ruff Goal 25:00'
  • Ricky Light Sub On 83:00'
  • Charlie Ruff Sub Off 83:00'
  • Goal 87:00'
  • Phil Lowen Sub On 90:00'
  • Brett O'Connor Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Mann, Charlie Mann, Charlie
Sharman, Ollie Sharman, Ollie
Toner, Michael Toner, Michael
Thomson, Matthew Thomson, Matthew
Beck, Jason Beck, Jason
Lovell, Jay Lovell, Jay
Lutaaya, George Lutaaya, George
Ruff, Charlie Ruff, Charlie
Illsley, Luke Illsley, Luke
Osei, Emmanuel Osei, Emmanuel
O'Connor, Brett O'Connor, Brett
Hertford Town

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