Sat 10
Harpenden 1
1
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2
League
Men's 1st XI
Gritty, Determined and 3 Points Better Off

Gritty, Determined and 3 Points Better Off

By Alex Trew
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Match Report 10 Feb


With matches running out and the gaps at the bottom of the table closing, a trip to 2nd in the table Harpendon was going to be a nervy fixture. Sure enough the home side started brightly creating a number of early chances before Cheshunt were able to dig their heels in and wrestle back some control of the game. It must have come as a shock for a team near the top of the table to fall behind, one that was delivered by Richard Martins as he finished neatly on the second attempt in a crowded area, allowing the 1st XI to go into half time with the advantage.

The pressure went up a notch as the game restarted but disciplined defending left Harpendon only half chances, with the Cheshunt defence throwing everything in the way of any attempted shot. This dogged approach paid off as Kit Sambridge neatly took his chance off a Mitchell Read lofted pass to double the lead. A somewhat unfortunate goal brought it to 2-1 after an opposition forward finished a rebound off the crossbar, and a string of penalty corners in the last ten minutes did little to settle the nerves. But in the end, a solid effort was rewarded with three points and a step away from the other teams in the relegation battle.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 10, Feb 2018

Kickoff

12:00

Competition

Division 3 SW

League position

2
Harpenden 1
9
Cheshunt 1