LAPSE IN CONCENTRATION COSTS ARLESEY
Sat 18th Jan
SSML Premier Division
After the wet weather of the week this was a tough ask on a heavy pitch away against 2nd in the league but Arlesey brought in new signing Alex Taylor who has come in from Berkhamstead FC.
Tring started strongly which was expected as their forward flattened Josh Brown and with the ref playing on he got in a good cross but Adam Randall did well to beat the other forward and clear. A Tring FK brought a shout for h/ball but it was waived away and put wide. A break out by Charlie Moss as he made a good interception was well charged down by the keeper.
Arlesey were working really hard in the midfield and were gradually wrestling control in the middle with debutant Alex Taylor being prominent. Tring had to make an early change as the left back was injured sliding into Moss and coming off worse. Ross Taylor picked up a ball in defence and ran the length of the pitch before putting a shot wide. Lamond made a good header to Moss who won a corner and as that dropped in a shout for h/ball went up but wasn’t given.
The midfield area was difficult and slippery but Arlesey were operating well through this area keeping the home side to a long shot that was easy for Robbie Ponting. A good cross in from Ross Taylor was only cleared to Alex Taylor and he was fouled on the edge. Charlie Black curled it around the wall and the keeper had to push it wide right by the post putting it out although strangely the ref gave a goal kick.Arlesey kept pressing and Moss won another corner that the keeper punched well under pressure but a soft foul was given.
Alex Taylor was in the thick of it getting a FK that went to Josh Brown his ball in was handled on the edge of the box, from the FK Arron Browne shot over. A speculative long shot was not claimed by Ponting cleanly and the forward nipped in quickly putting the loose ball into the net but he was well O/S. A good half finished at 0-0.
The 2nd period started with Tring obviously having a rocket applied at the break starting really quickly they attacked from the start and a shot was well stopped by Ponting but not held and the forward looped the loose ball over Ponting into the net for 1-0 on 46 mins.
Keeping up the pressure Tring won a FK that went for a corner from this Alex Taylor broke out before he was fouled bringing the 1st yellow for the defender. Lamond had a shot from the edge that went past the post but as Arlesey looked forward a mistake at the back found the ball not cleared and the forward slid the ball under Ponting from the edge of the box for 2-0 on 52 mins. Arlesey these days refuse to let things get the better of them and a quick break saw Browne go down the wing putting in a great pin point cross that found Ryan Lamond and he beat his defender and the keeper shooting home for 2-1 on 53 mins.
Ross Taylor was fouled again which drew another yellow card for the home side Arlesey brought Phil Payne on to continue his journey back to full fitness. Tring were pushing hard but Arlesey were more than matching them, a Tring FK was well cleared and Black found Moss who won a corner that was well punched clear by the keeper. Lamond cut in and had shot wide before a loose ball came to the Tring forward who hit a great curling shot that hit the intersection of bar and post going out. Another foul on Ross Taylor brought another card for the growing home collection.
With Arlesey still winning the midfield battle another yellow went in Trings collection but Arlesey were unable to really breakthrough the Tring defence although they kept probing. Another heavy foul that drew blood from Josh Brown saw yet another yellow card but time was running out although Arlesey were getting more and more on top and in the 91st min Moss was flagged for a foul but the defender lost his head and stamped on Moss drawing a red card. The ref at that point drew a close to proceedings as tempers were now starting to flair giving the home side the win which they looked very relieved to get.
This was a really good performance from Arlesey who competed throughout this game and the addition of Alex Taylor to the middle looks to have definitely made an improvement. On this form a win can’t be that far away
Report By C.Sterry