ALL MATCHES TODAY WERE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES, THE L1 LEAGUE GAME WAS CANCELLED
Stevenage M1 – 4 (G.Brown (2), Danny Blackburn, Ben Oliver)
Harpenden M2 – 1
Stevenage played their last friendly before the start of the league campaign on Saturday against Harpenden. In a very competitive encounter both sides started with determination and ferocious attacking moves. Stevenage had a few early chances with John Mould and Jon Oliver going close.
Tempers flared when Chris Strickland was deliberately kicked to the floor off the ball by a Harpenden forward which both Umpires failed to witness. Harpenden then took the lead after a mix up in the Stevenage defence gifted a Harps forward with a free run on goal from which he slotted calmly past Church in the home goal. The match was heating up and challenges were flying in. Stevenage equalised on half time through Gary Brown from a short corner which flew past the keeper.
In the second half Stevenage started to take control and went 2-1 up when Richard Hamilton crossed for Danny Blackburn to fire home from close range. It was soon 3-1 when a brilliant run from centre back Tim Wright caused all kind of problems for the Harpenden defence, his eventual pass found Ben Oliver who skilfully chipped over the out coming Harps keeper. The game turned sour again when Blackburn got booked and Graham Swinyard was sin-binned as well as two Harpenden players booked and one sin-binned, again tackles were flying in and the Umpires did very well to control the players tempers.
It was then 4-1 when a good move down the left resulted in Brown getting his second of the day with a classy finish.
A all round decent performance from Mould’s men and a good debut for young Stevie Hamid in the home defence.
Stevenage M2 – 0
Harpenden M3 – 1
Stevenage twos lost 1-0 but will feel aggrieved after wasting several good opportunities in front of goal. Dan Farnham and Ollie Holt had the best chances of the afternoon but credit goes to an impressive Harps keeper.
Stevenage M3 – 4 (Harry Wheeler,Niall Anderson (2),Adam Presland)
Harpenden M4 – 1
Stevenage threes got a good 4-1 win on Saturday with good performances from young Harry Wheeler, Andy Davies and Niall Anderson. The goals were scored by Harry Wheeler, Adam Presland and two from Niall Anderson. It could have been worse for the visitors if Roger Barlow had converted a penalty corner which was brilliantly stopped by the Harpenden keeper.
Stevenage M4 – 5 (K.Mahmood (2), Ian Brown (2), Scott Davies)
MBDA – 1
Stevenage M5 -0
Hertford M4 – 0
Stevenage M6 – 0
Hertford M5 – 6
Stevenage L2 – 2 (Alfie Gunther, Heather Hemmings)
Harpenden L2 – 0
Stevenage ladies 2nd team ran out 2-0 winners at Harpenden on Saturday.
Alfie Gunther scored the first after great work from Caz Ayles and Jess Day.
The second was scored by Heather Hemmings with a classy finish at the end of a good run.
With several players missing this was a great team performance which will please skipper Jo Thorpe for the coming league campaign.
Stevenage L3 – 2 ( Theresa Luciani (2) )
Harpenden L3 – 1
The ladies threes also produced an impressive victory at the weekend with a 2-1 win at Harpenden
Claudia Strickland had an impressive match with some formidable challenges as did Houlihan in the middle. Samantha Allum crossed for Theresa Luciani to fire home Stevenage’s first with a cool finish.
In the second half Theresa Luciani added the winner and her second goal after a great run and cross from Daisy Mould.
Stevenage ladies fours lost 6-2 to a strong Blueharts 3rd XI in their final friendly before the start of their league season next weekend.