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Veterans - Match centre

Harpenden Rovers
Knebworth Football Club
Full time
P Matthews (2' Pen), L Coward (5', 80'), A Hamer (30'), C Lett (75', 82')
Sun 29 Apr 10:30 - League Attendance 5

Comfortable away win for the vets

The Vets closed the league season with a 6-2 victory away at Harpenden.

The Vets closed the league season with a 6-2 victory away at Harpenden. This should have been a more comfortable victory, but it was only after a late flurry of 3 goals that Knebworth could relax.

On a cold winter’s morning, the Harpenden pitch was what an estate agent might describe as “in need of modernisation”. Lines were not straight, and in some places there were two lines. No centre markings or penalty spots, and the grass was taller than Alex in places. Farrier Ross felt at home. Christian described it as the worst pitch he had played on, so we made him sub, allowing him 45 minutes to chat to Banksy about how to deal with the facilities. This plan was scuppered when Reece was called to Royston to fix a leak on a classic Triggs botch job from Friday, allegedly. With Reece delayed, we started with Banks in goal. With Reece away for the cup final, this was an audition for Banks, a fantastic opportunity to stake a claim for a starting position. If anyone knows a keeper available on Friday night let me know.

Within 5 minutes of kick-off Knebworth were 2 up. A penalty was converted by Paul, and a weird goal went in claimed by Lewis and Harry Kane. Harry Kane has a better claim, but Lewis is co-manager. But Harpenden struck back quickly, the referee had penalty fever and Ross was harshly adjudged to have handled in the box. Soon it was 3-1, Alex with a cracking team goal. Defender and midfielder, Alex, is second top scorer ahead of 8 of our strikers. Then it was 3-2, sloppy defending, a weak shot, and Banks standing in the corner of the goal. 3-2 at half time, Dave Jordan left abruptly in his full kit so no one can take the number 18 shirt off him on Friday night.

No more goals until the clincher at 75 mins. There was a scramble, the ball fell to Christian and he shot towards goal. Banksy was standing in the way; the ball went through his legs and he did a little dance in front of the keeper. The referee, having seen Banks play before, said he was not interfering with play and therefore not offside. Lewis and Christian (cracking goal) scored again to make it 6-2. A good win in the end. The match was most memorable for the Lewis taking himself off with 10 minutes to go. Lewis was obviously trying to make sure he was not injured for the cup final. However, this is the first time a Knebworth Vets manager has ever substituted himself in 2568 matches. Co-manager Hobbs is said to be furious that the Coward has broken the unwritten rule of Vets management.

We finish the season in third place, 3 points behind Sandridge. What might have been, if only we hadn’t made those substitutions in the Sandridge game after Christmas

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

2:00
Scored Penalty Paul Matthews scores a penalty for Knebworth Football Club
5:00
Goal Lewis Coward scores for Knebworth Football Club
30:00
Goal Alex Hamer scores for Knebworth Football Club
75:00
Goal Christian Lett scores for Knebworth Football Club
80:00
Goal Lewis Coward scores for Knebworth Football Club
82:00
Goal Christian Lett scores for Knebworth Football Club

Highlights

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82:00 Goal 0 - 6
Christian Lett scores for Knebworth Football Club
80:00 Goal 0 - 5
Lewis Coward scores for Knebworth Football Club
75:00 Goal 0 - 4
Christian Lett scores for Knebworth Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Reece Arbon is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Barney Buck is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Christian Lett is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 0 - 3
Alex Hamer scores for Knebworth Football Club
5:00 Goal 0 - 2
Lewis Coward scores for Knebworth Football Club
2:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Paul Matthews scores a penalty for Knebworth Football Club
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harpenden Rovers
  • Knebworth Football Club
  • 0
  • Paul Matthews Scored Penalty 2:00'
  • Lewis Coward Goal 5:00'
  • Alex Hamer Goal 30:00'
  • Reece Arbon Sub On 45:00'
  • Barney Buck Sub On 45:00'
  • Christian Lett Sub On 45:00'
  • Christian Lett Goal 75:00'
  • Lewis Coward Goal 80:00'
  • Christian Lett Goal 82:00'

Team selection

Banks, Stephen Banks, Stephen
Jordan, Dave Jordan, Dave
Hobbs, James Hobbs, James
Hamer, Alex Hamer, Alex
Wray, Andy Wray, Andy
Knights, David Knights, David
Triggs, Frazer Triggs, Frazer
Jackson, Ross Jackson, Ross
Matthews, Paul Matthews, Paul
Millhouse, Dave Millhouse, Dave
Coward, Lewis Coward, Lewis

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