Sat 29
Hertford 3
Mens 1st X1
Men's 1s make the trip to Hertford worthwhile

Men's 1s make the trip to Hertford worthwhile

By Jessica Martin
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Men's 1s win 2-1 at Hertford

Ricky arrived in Hertford with no handshakes prior to the match to prevent the spread of Mr. Corona. Hail was on and off prior to the match as well as storm Jorge keeping our souls cold.

This did not put Ricky off though as within 60 seconds, Ricky were up. Good possession play and a quick ball into the D allowed star striker Jack to get an extra goal and extend his lead as top scorer.

After a quick start from Ricky, nothing happened in the first half. A short corner here and a half chance there allowed Ricky to go in at half time with a slim 1-0 victory.

A longer team talk than usual at half time but tactics were discussed to keep pushing forward and confirm the victory.

But, as the second half began, it seemed we were playing a different team. Pressure and attacking play from the away team immediately put stress upon the Rickmansworth defence. It held strong though with the three at the back tactic working.

A few good spells of play from Ricky though got Rickmansworth a goal. After a foot on the line was originally given a short corner, Rickmansworth, and especially veteran Graham Rambo, appealed for a flick. After some philosophical discussions from the umpires, the flick was given!

Captain Will stepped up to the spot. With the keeper doing everything to distract him and the weight of a small town on his shoulders, the captain cooly converted. The ball rocketed into the roof of the net, almost appearing to catch fire such was the force with which it was struck.
2-0 Rickmansworth.

But then Hertford really began to push on. They were on the front foot and pushing for a goal. After 3 short corners in a row, one was finally converted by a drag flick into the top right of the goal. 2-1.

Hertford really ramped up the pressure now with a quarter of an hour left on the clock. Multiple minutes of possession and shots lead to nothing giving Rickmansworth some counter attacks.

Jake, through on goal with support with just the keeper to beat after some fine counter attacking play from the midfield, threw away the chance to seal the victory by selfishly striking wide, which gave him Dick of the Day.

Luckily with some solid man marking and goalkeeping, Rickmansworth held onto the victory and secured the 3 points. The mood was not all smiles after the second half performance, but the mood was lifted after fajitas.

The win leaves Rickmansworth 6th on 28 points after a huge run of games. 2 goals conceded in 4 games and 10/12 points puts Rickmansworth surely in division 5 SW again next year.

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Sat 29, Feb 2020