M2 1 - Harpenden 2s 3
In a game closer than it appears from the score, Stevenage Mens 2nd XI went away from home with a Watson-less front line due to a marital affair. A slight mix-up in timings meant Stevenage had to start with 9 men at the Brache, but held the advances of Harpenden easily. Within 10 minutes the away side were up to the regulation 11 and the game was on.
Harpenden kept up the pressure and eventually found goal when the defense got a little overloaded and the opposition slotted one home easily. Not happy to allow Harpenden an easy time of it Stevenage soon countered with a signature knock-and-run from Harry Wheeler finding his way into the D from the half way line to set Olly Holt up for yet another goal this season.
The home advantage soon told, however, when a short corner gave both umpires something to consider. Ball injected, ball stopped, ball struck, ball hits ruck in the obviously faded carpet of the Brache and travels upwards - into the net. Complaints from Stevenage were taken into account, but the goal was given as the ball was adjudged to have been travelling upwards and over the line at the height of the back board. 2-1.
The second half saw the 2s step up the pressure and create some decent chances, but in doing so the defense got a little exposed and allowed a one-on-one with Dan Dove, who, despite his best efforts, just narrowly avoided getting the ball stopped between his feet. 3-1 and no return for Stevenage.
M5 1 - Welwyn Garden City 4s 3
Another big effort by the 5’s ended in defeat to Welwyn Garden City by 3 goals to 1. We played well for much of the game but some defensive slips by us and good play by the away team let them in to score their goals. Mike Hamid played well in goal and was unfortunate to be on the losing side. Aytan, Tom and Matthew played well with some good tackling and passing. Matin Elliott was pleased to score his first goal of the season. Guests Scott, Danny and Chris all helped to improve our game in the absence of a couple of regulars taken by the higher teams.