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