BLISTERING 45 MINUTES SINK COLNEY
Sat 4th Jan
SSML Premier Division
With the start of the new year this game had a twist before the start as a linesman had to pull out just before the start because of family problems and the London Colney Vice Chairman volunteered to run the line causing a 15 min delay to the start.
Arlesey started well with a more familiar formation and line up. They won a corner after just 2 mins with Aarron Browne putting the keeper under pressure putting the ball right under the bar but he was able to punch clear. Arlesey kept up the pressure and with a good attack Charlie Moss hit a shot; a shout of hand ball went up but wasn’t given but the ball came back to Browne and his shot that was going in before it was saved by the full back.
This time the ref pointed to the spot and showed a straight red card to Jack Mace. Despite this taking quite a while Josh Brown waited calmly having taken over the responsibilities for penalties and on 13 mins he drove home the penalty kick for 0-1 and his 1st goal of the season. Arlesey were now in total control, from another great corner the keeper punched out as far as Charlie Black who was fouled on the edge of the box and Browne got his FK over the wall but it skimmed just over the bar.
On 15 mins Moss attacked into the box and pulled the ball back to Charlie Black who hit a great shot that curled around the keeper into the net for 0-2. Another accurate corner by Browne hit the cross bar before going out as Arlesey kept up the pressure. London Colney managed an attack after 22mins as their forward beat Jardell Stirling but his shot was easily taken y Robbie Ponting who was back in goal.
Arlesey kept up the pressure with a series of corners and a great cross in from Black was headed just past the post by Moss. He wasn’t to be denied for long though as a great through ball by Brown put Moss through; he beat his defender went around the keeper who dived at his feet and put it into the net for 0-3 on 27 mins.
London Colney replaced the centre half to try to stem the tide, but Arlesey kept pressing, new player Charvey Mahoukou won the ball well and fed Moss who’s shot was deflected for another corner that was met by Stirling, his header was cleared off the line by a defender but came to Moss he shot into the other corner but his shot cannoned off the post and went clear.
A good cross in by Stirling from a FK came to Ryan Lamond and his good shot pulled a great save from the keeper conceding another corner that Stirling got a good head onto but a foul was given leaving it at 0-3 at half time and a dominant performance.
London Colney made a couple of changes and looked better balanced whilst they kept 2 up front despite being the man down which with Arlesey now having the “stand in “ linesman at their end made them drop just a little deeper. A good chance for them came on 56 mins as the forward broke through but he was stopped by a great tackle by Adam Randall and a min later a FK was well covered and taken by Ponting.
Arlesey replaced Oussama Bennani with IaIa Jau and he got into the box well winning a corner that Stirling put over the bar when he really should have scored. Another good pull back by Jau to Lamond saw his shot blocked. With the heavy pitch starting to take its toll Arlesey replaced Charlie Black with the much awaited return of Phil Payne from long term injury. Moss had a good shot saved by the keeper who was having a better 2nd period but on 83 mins Ross Taylor found Payne who hit a great shot that beat the keeper for pace and hit the back of the net but this was ruled out for a very tight 0/S.
The pitch was now sapping the strength out of both sides and Arlesey controlled the game to the end gaining a 1st League win for manager Chico Ramos and a much needed 3 points.
Arlesey controlled this game from start to finish and everybody put in a good solid performance. Game management was really good in this game and on this performance they should all take heart and take this forward to possibly more taxing games.
Report By Chris Sterry