(Incorporating Olympian Sunday Football League from 2016)
Affiliated to The Hertfordshire Football Association
By Mark Bunn
Evergreen only playing their second game of the season bounced for their opening game defeat with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Rifle Volunteer.
Rifle started with new players making debuts and Evergreen took advantage of this with a strong start started and went ahead early lead on after Ben Adams scored on the rebound. The second goal followed shortly after, with Oliver Cripps scoring with a long range free- kick. Evergreen sealed the win fifteen minutes into the second half but after a corner from Kyle Rimmer allowed Max Moore to score the third. Rifle then found themselves reduced to nine men and the fourth and final goal came when the ball fell to Joss Dunham inside the area to slot home.
Like Evergreen Chorleywood Club also have three points from two games, as beat Old Fullerians 4-2. Clement Asante opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute with a shot from outside the box. Tom Shaw then doubled the lead before Old Fullerians pulled a goal back with Ryan Woosley getting on the end of a Charlie Hailey through ball, rounding the keeper and slotting home. Michael East got the first of his two goals ten minutes before the break. The second half saw Old Fullerians pulled back a goal back once more, this time Ryan Woosley turning provider for Charlie Hailey to score at the back post before Michael East got his second goal twenty minutes from time with a fine chip to put the game out of reach of Fullerians.
The game between the top teams saw Oakview bounce back from last weeks shock defeat with a narrow 1-0 win over old rivals St Josephs, the win was enough to jump over their opponents and go back to the top of the table. The game was an even affair, in the first half just before half-time Oakview where awarded a penalty but this was struck against the bar. Oakview scored what turned about to be the winner midway through the second half, when Lewis Putman broke down the left to cross for Chris Blunden to score with a volley.
The derby game between FC Unicorn and Sun Postal Sports ended in a 2-2 draw. Unicorn opened the scoring when Callum O’Connor and Luke Habbijam combined for Jack Read to score on his debut. The second half saw the game open up and Sun drew level when a cross to back post was headed home by Jack Robertson. Within ten minutes, Sun went ahead as Sam Clarke managed to win the first ball following a goal kick and smashed the ball high in the air over the advancing keeper. However, the lead was short lived when a bizarre mix up between goalkeeper and Sun’s Calum O’Connor saw Unicorn awarded a penalty when inexplicitly O’Connor picked up the ball in his own box following a short goal kick. Luke Peerless made no mistake with the spot kick, sending the keeper the wrong way to ensure both sides took away a point.
North Watford are the only side with a one hundred per cent record so far as they beat Oxhey Spartans 3-0. The home side even had the luxury of missing an early penalty through Conor Flanagan. Karl Brown finally put them ahead with a strike inside the area just before the break. In the second half, Conor Flanagan then made up for his penalty miss firing in a half to double the lead and then Shoaib Ali then scored with a header right on the final whistle.
Cassiobury Rangers are in second place with a second win from three games with a 3-2 home win over Bushey Rangers. Cassiobury took the lead when Joe Mortimer, saw his stooping header saved by the Bushey keeper but only into the path out to the incoming Joe Ainsworth, who was able to smash home from close range. Bushey soon equalised when some good work down the right, allowed Craig Gory to tap home. Cassiobury re-took the lead three minutes before the break, when a ball across field from Jamie McDougall evaded the Bushey defence, putting Joe Mortimer clean through, who finished coolly. In the second half both sides missed chances before Cassiobury did eventually open up a two goal margin though when Dan Cardozo drove through the middle of the Bushey defence set up Conor Callanan who in turn allowed Joe Mortimer to run and cross for Corum Chase to score in at the back post. The game had one last twist when with five minutes left Steve Dowling scored from a twice taken penalty for Bushey but despite late pressure, they couldn’t force an equaliser.
Ricky AFC provided a shock against AFC Leavesden with a 2-0 win which inflicted on them a first defeat of the season. The first half was an open end to end affair, with AFC Leavesden hitting the post before Ricky went ahead when probably the smallest player on the pitch Brooke Russel headed home. In the second half Ricky had keeper Rob Miller to thank for some excellent saves and then after Leavesden had an equaliser ruled out for offside, his long goal kick was missed by the entire Leavesden defence allowing Shane Kitts a free run on goal to seal the victory.
In the battle of the two sides who had suffered two defeats in their opening games, it was Maple Cross who finally got up and running with a 2-0 win over Langleybury CC. Both goals came in the final five minutes with the game heading towards a goalless draw. First Dean Brownsell on as sub headed home, before two minutes later Luke Hancock slotted home.
FC Woodside lead the way after a 6-0 hammering of ER, Jamie Dunlop netting a hattrick, with Harry Beaumont, Louis Bamgboye and Joe Fox also on target. SOCA made it two wins from two games with a 4-1 win over West Herts. Connor Chapman and George Coffey both scoring a double with Callum Hearn replying for the home side. Chess United also have two wins from two league games with a 2-1 win over ACS Milan. It was a far tighter game then their 4-0 win in the Challenge Cup over the same opposition seven days earlier, Cameron Murray and Ali Shale with the Chess goals and Patrick Sheridan with the ACS goal. WD FC beat FC Metropolitan Herts 4-1 despite going behind to a Tom McGuiness goal, Ben Dunton was the star man for WD as his scored a hat-trick with Dion Belle also netting. St Marys Harefield beat Skyline 5-2, who left to rue several missed chances with the score goalless, but once the home side opened the scoring they never looked back. Harry Fullbroke with a brace and a goal each for Charlie Malin, James O'Donovan and Karl Swan with Kieran Warren and Laurence Manning scoring for Skyline.
Three sides, Hertfordshire Eagles, Watford Athletic and Watford Town have two wins from their opening two games. Eagles beat Watford Sports 2-0, with Jack McLaughlin and Jonty Bier-Allan scoring. Watford Athletic had to do it the hard way as they came back from 1-0 down to beat Frances George 2-1. Adam Wilden have given the home side the lead in the first half, before Athletic struck back in the second half through goals from Louis Matthews and Jamie Fanning. For the second week running Watford Town won the “Woodside” derby this time with league points at stake, with a 3-2 win, with Louis Smith scoring all his sides three goals, the first a fine solo effort. Woodside replied through Nelson Santos and Gary Wicks.
Chalfont Saints enjoyed a good start with a win in their first league game with a 5-2 victory over Batchworth. Aidan Brennan, Will Jones, Sean Brennan, Joe Morahan, Jake Rodger all scoring with Mikel Walsh getting both Batchworth replies. It ended in a 2-2 draw between South Herts and King George. Joe Brown and Ryan McCrindle scoring for South Herts with Aaron Hurst and Aaron Crawford replying for King George.
Eric Hand Challenge Cup First Round
The outstanding fixture an all Division Three tie between Inter and Sparta Phoenix, saw the visitors winning 4-1 but they did need extra-time to book a game against Second Division FC Woodside. James Gunning scored the Inter goal, but two goals from Humza Khan, and on each for Alec Bailey and Floyd Thompson sealed the win.