L1 save the Ladies from a whitewash as Men lose 3 games to the weather
L1 beat Harpenden 3 - 1. Once again the home side started strongly applying pressure from the first whistle. This paid dividends with Caroline Ayles giving them the lead by deflecting Holly Mould's flick into the goal, and Claire Young smashing the ball past the visitor's keeper to add a second. However Harpenden came back into the game and, after a number of offences by Stevenage players, Becky Graves was the one to be sin-binned for a stick tackle that on it's own may not have warranted a card. Down to 10 the home side struggled to contain Harpenden and conceded a scrappy goal: only a fine one-on-one save from keeper Jenny Harding let them go to half-time ahead. Knowing they needed another goal to feel safe Stevenage went on the attack again in the second half and were unfortunate not to get that goal when an umpire failed to play advantage as Caroline Ayles netted. But Caz did not have to wait long for another chance to get her second of the game as she was put through to beat the advancing keeper and make the game safe. A great start to 2010 and a fine victory in which MotM Holly Mould was solid at the back.
L2 lost 1 - 6 at Royston I. Debbi Church scored the consolation goal for the visitors who were overwhelmed by a side at the top of the table.
L3 lost 0 - 2 at Vauxhall Chiltern II, a very disappointing result against a side below them in the table.
L4 lost 0 - 4 to Saffron Walden IV. After a good first half in which the second placed visitors were held to just one goal, the home team fell apart in the second and needed a MotM performance from keeper Nat Leach to hold their opponents to just four.
L5 lost 1 - 5 to Tring IV. Skipper Marial Adayeye scored but the home side were well beaten by well organised young visitors
No games for M1, M4 and M6 as their opponents were perhaps a little too keen to call off games when pitches were still snow covered on Friday.
M2 lost 1 - 3 to West Herts III. The home side grabbed a goal lead in a close first half when Ryall Swartz pounced on the rebound after Larry Hamilton's shot was saved. The visitors pressed hard after halftime but when this storm seemed to have been weathered Stevenage conceded 3 goals in 10 minutes and rarely looked like coming back. The first of these was hard on the impressive Dave Robinson who seemed to have pulled off a fine defensive challenge only to see a penalty flick awarded and converted.
M3 beat Broxbourne IV 5 - 3. Harp Mann equalised after the division leaders went behind early, and Danny Blackburn (2) and Roger Barlow added goals to give a comfortable halftime lead. In a more even but scrappy second half the visitors pulled goals back but Tufty added his second and ensured M3 stay top.
M5 beat Letchworth VI 3 - 0. Goals from Tony Farnan and youngster Andy Davies gave the home side an impressive victory over their local rivals.