vs Colney Heath
SSML Premier Division
29th September 2018
A fine day for football was started with a presentation to master’s World Champion 110mts hurdles and striker Lorrell Smith’s dad Gary to acclaim from the players, supporters and the Arlesey under 11 team mascots.
The game started with a series of free kicks, A Colney FK was headed over for a corner that Demi Debola cleared and another corner was also well dealt with by Debola. A couple of Arlesey FKs were cleared before on 10 mins Charlie Hunter let a ball run over the line that he could have stopped and an Arlesey Corner was awarded. Ash Fuller put in another great corner as Arlesey put a well drilled routine into action and Tom Guiney headed back across the goal for Lorrell Smith to head over the line for 1-0 to Arlesey.
An Arlesey FK found Carl Chambers; his shot was blocked before the ball came to Fuller who looked like he was pushed over in the box but this was waived away by the ref.
A couple of Colney corners were put over the bar before James Hatch headed the danger clear. Hatch then attacked at the other end and went down in the box again nothing other than a goal kick was given. A heavy tackle on Fuller was waived away before on 20mins Arlesey won another corner. This just missed Aaron Gooch before Adam Brown won another corner. This was just about cleared for another corner by Charlie May in goal. Arlesey then implemented their well-rehearsed routine and this time Hatch headed back across goal for Aaron Gooch to head home for 2-0.
Arlesey were now in control; Hatch found Alex O’Brien who hit a good long shot that was well stopped by May, Smith was fouled when through by Sam Doolan when through which earned the 1st yellow card of the day and Smith had a shot that went wide. O’Brien making his home debut did well as he picked up a ball beat 2 defenders and hit a shot that deflected onto the bar and out for a corner that Hatch headed just past the post. A strong run into the box by Debola saw him cleaned out and up ended but the ref again waived away what looked a clear penalty just giving a corner that May did well to just get a fist too under pressure and it was cleared so that the half finished with Arlesey well in control at 2-0.
The2nd period was delayed as the ref suddenly noticed that Charlie Hunter didn’t have shin pads so the start was delayed for him to get properly equipped. Colney started with a far more positive attitude which they really needed to get back into this game. An early corner was headed wide by Shaun Murphy and a deep cross was well taken by Robbie Ponting under pressure. Colney were putting on the pressure without really penetrating as Arlesey were forced to defend. Colney replaced Andy Sears-Black with Harvey Scott. This proved a good move as just 4 mins later he beat the Arlesey defence to a cross in to head home and bring it back to 2-1 which was deserved for their efforts since HT. Colney kept pressing to try to find the equaliser; Spencer Clark-Mardel had a shot just wide and a series of Colney corners were dealt with by Brown and Hatch. Scott got in another good header that was well saved by Ponting before Greg Shaw put in a shot that hit his own player deflecting wide. With Colney pushing up Demi Debola did well as he tried to chip the keeper who was off his line from distance but the ball went just past the post. As Colney started to run out of steam Arlesey got more into the game again. From a corner Guiny headed just wide of the post and from another Brown and Murphy had a heavy clash that saw both players booked, interestingly enough Murphy was booked for the foul and Brown for persistent infringement; the FK when the ball was put down was awarded to Colney. From a Colney corner Clark-Mardel headed over.
Arlesey were gradually getting back into control of the game. Ash Fuller appeared to be held back as he broke through completing his shot but the FK was given the other way and he was booked for kicking the ball away. The game was becoming scrappy with continual stoppages for not very good free kicks mainly from Colney. On 90 mins a break out by Lorrell Smith saw him clip in a good cross that found Fuller on the edge of the box, he appeared clearly to be pushed over in the box; the ref again waived this away not giving anything with almost everybody in the ground protesting he then booked O’Brien which can only to have been to save his blushes. Arlesey replaced Ryan Lamond with Makudzeyi Makuza.
Now deep into added on time Hatch limped off for Arlesey after a tackle to be replaced by Phil Payne and as Arlesey broke out from a corner Clark-Mardel just flew into Makuzza on the half way line, he was very lucky not to make contact as that was surly a very dangerous tackle but the Ref only came out with a yellow card for Clark –Mardel. Now 8 mins into extra time from a FK Ida Rotmi got in a shot that went just wide before the final whistle finally went.
A tough game not really helped by some questionable decisions from the Ref. Arlesey have really got to put games to bed while they are on top but having said that they have also showed that they have the ability to hang onto games if necessary and hold on to win.
Next one of what already looks like one of the major games of the season as unbeaten Tring who are just above Arlesey in 2nd place come to Arlesey on Saturday.
Team : Robbie Ponting, Tom Guiney ©, Demi Debola, James Hatch (Payne 90+5), Adam Brown y. Aaron Gooch, Ryan Lamond (Makuza 90), Alex O’Brien y, Lorrell Smith, Ash Fuller y, Carl Chambers (Ashley 63).
Subs; Phil Payne, Makudzeyi Makuza, Kai Ashley, Jason Darvall Adam Randall.