Weekly Review - Sunday - 3rd Dec
It was yet another remarkable morning for the league clubs in the Hertfordshire Senior Cup. Despite the winners for the last two seasons, St Josephs being knocked out two weeks ago, both WD Bushey and North Watford reached the quarter-finals, whilst Cassiobury Rangers and Glenn SSC both progressed into the third round to face other with the winners facing WD Bushey thus meaning the league will have a guaranteed place in the semi-finals in March.
Hertfordshire Senior Cup Third Round
It was a remarkable game as North Watford reached the quarter finals by beating Southbury, the team that ended their county cup dream last season at the last eight stage, 7-5 away from home.
North Watford were quick out the blocks playing some superb football and were 3-0 up within the opening fifteen minutes. Lee Armitt opened the scoring tapping in at the back post before Gurkan Gokman scored with a low drive into the bottom corner to make it 2-0, Lee Armitt then doubled his tally to make it 3-0. Southbury hit back to make it 3-1, Lee Armitt then completed a first half hattrick make it 4-1 just before half time. The second half was end to end, Lee Armitt scored his 4th goal of the game to make it 5-1, but the game was not over with Southbury scoring two quick fire goals to make it 5-3 before Ashley Lewis scored from the penalty spot to make it 6-3, but then he missed from the spot just minutes later from a second penalty, and Southbury netted two more goals to make it 6-5, but Ben Hiney then calmed the nerves with a back post header to seal the win and set up a last eight tie against Herts Advertiser league side Stafford Arms.
WD Bushey also progressed with an equally impressive win, 2-0 away over Northaw. They took the lead right on half-time after Hamze Ali found the bottom corner with a strike from outside the box.
They then had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 after Hamze Ali was fouled in the box but Gbohun Palmer-Inyang failed to convert the penalty, but he didn’t let the miss faze him as he found the net shortly after Hamze Ali played him in and he made no mistake to book his teams place in the quarter-final.
Hertfordshire FA Senior Cup Second Round
WD Bushey’s opponents in the quarter-final will be either Cassiobury Rangers or Glenn SSC as they both came through there delayed second round ties with high scoring wins.
Glenn SSC who lost in the final of the Junior Cup last season, enjoyed a 6-3 away victory over Forever Young People. Lewis Putman put them ahead in the opening minutes, he soon doubled the lead before Luke Lloyd seemingly out the game out of reach making it 3-0 the home side converted a penalty just before the break. That seemed to give them a boost as they pulled back a second goal early in the second half before Luke Lloyd grabbed his second making it 4-2, but the home side refused to give in and netted again before the Glenn scored twice more through Putman and Lloyd as they both completed their respective hat tricks.
Cassiobury Rangers easily won the all-WSL tie against FC Unicorn 5-0. The first came from the right wing, with Corey Botten releasing Nathan Page through on goal, who rounded the Unicorn keeper after his initial shot was saved, then converting from the acute angle into the left corner. The second was finished in a similar fashion, which saw Jayden Chamberlain playing in to Rob Ladmore , who chipped the ball through for Taylor Osunsedo, who rounded the Unicorn keeper the same side and coolly slotted into an empty net. The second half wasn't even ten seconds in when Rangers killed the game off with a third. Elliot Burr kicked off, laying back to Conor Callanan, whose ball over the backline out to the right wing was picked up by Sam Mortimer, who slid the ball through the legs of the Unicorn keeper. Cassiobury's fourth came after Elliot Burr's free kick was blocked, but the rebound came back to him and he smartly moved the ball on quickly to Corey Botten, on the edge of the box and with time to pick his head up and whip a powerful and low effort into the bottom right corner. The final goal of the game came after Conor Callanan was brought down inside the penalty area and this gave the chance for Conor Walsh to take the penalty to score his first goal in senior football, sending the Unicorn keeper the wrong way.
Denis Jackson Intermediate Cup First Round
Mill Hill Village edged past Abbots Athletic with a 3-2 win. Harley Fonti scoring twice with Harry Pollycutt also netting, with Max Lacey and Charlie Young replying for the home side.
The only game in the top flight saw Evergreen would into fourth place, even though they were held 1-1 by second bottom Forza Watford. Evergreen dominated the first half but could only find the net once when Jake Sahota turned home a cross. They were left to rue those finished chances when Forza equalised in the second half when Harley Sells saw his effort end up in the net after a bad error by the home keeper.
This division is proving really tight so far, with the top three sides all drawing on Sunday it means just five points separate the top four teams. Leaders Watford Sports were held for a second successive week, this time 1-1, and again by a team at the wrong end of the table, Watford United. After a goalless first half, it was United who went ahead in the second half when debutant Vethurshan Sellathurai who started off the move for Nolian Agimi to calmly slot the ball into the net. Sports equalised ten minutes later thanks to an indirect free kick which was well finished into the bottom left by Jake Millman.
The game between the two sides right below Watford Sports The Cross and Chalfont Saints ended a goalless draw. The Cross missed a first half penalty through Raphael Wiredu when he put the ball high over the bar. In the second half both sides missed chances, and the chance to close the gap on Watford Sports.
Langleybury gained a second win of the season moving up a place in the process to third from bottom with a 2-1 home win over Chess United. Langleybury went ahead early on when a long throw from Jack Babbington which was headed in by Luke Hewitt. Chess drew level twenty minutes into the second half after a Matt Feast cross found Conrad Thorpe in the box who tapped in from close range but with time running out Tom Hedger scored from a Matt Honey corner to ensure a second three points of the season.
If it was tight in the division, it was almost raining goals in the second division, with the five games producing a bumper twenty-seven goals as all of the top five sides won.
Everett Rovers are still unbeaten, as they made it six wins from eight games, with a 5-0 home win over Hertfordshire Athletic. Bernard Ankamah netted a brace with Archie Potton, Jordan Standley, and Reneekay Jones on getting in on the goal action. Sparta Phoenix lead the chasing pack, two points behind the leaders after they game through an eight-goal thriller against West Herts. Roscoe Tebbs found the net twice for the home along with a goal from Angus Englert, but Phoenix achieved the win thanks to goals from five different players, Philippe Clarke, Florjan Belegu ,James Redfearn, Fergus Jimminson and Floyd Thompson. Watford Youth in third place beat bottom placed Abbots Wanderers 3-2. Watford get off to a flying start with a great pass from Ruben Gomes, down the left flank finding Oliver Frost who crossed for Louie Muncie to net with a low drive from twelve yards out. They then added a second after twenty minutes into the game, from a lovely through ball fending off two players by Jack Moore, which after a one two inside the box from Louie Muncie to Frost with Muncie scoring from six yards. Abbots pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second half, from Tommy Ash, and then he scored slotting past the oncoming keeper. Watford Youth Sports finally gained the win with Louie Muncie winning a tackle passing the ball to Ollie Brown on the left, who jinked past the first defender, nutmegged a second before calming passing into the box, for Dylan Hershon to net the winner. Dunnings Bar in fourth just edged past Inter 2-1, Barry O'Grady and Sean Gowen with the goals, Alex Nottage with the Inter goal.
St Josephs Reserves beat Dome Bar 6-0. Early goals from Mitchell Koch and Jude Brasenell set the pace of the game. Mitchell Tearle then added two either side of the break. Joe’s Stalwart Ben Cowen added a fifth with a goal that rolled back the years as he fired into the top left corner. The final goal came when Paolo Deritis nodded home from a corner.
Leaders Woodside Reserves winning run finally came to an end, as they suffered a first defeat 1-0 to Carpenders park Royals, Robert Da Silver with the decisive goal.
Chorleywood Club AFC are in third place as they beat Everett Rovers Reserves 3-0, George Blanks, Joe Berzins and Rob Barron. Surely Wood and AFC Watford battled out a 2-2 draw, with the AFC Watford goals scored by Dan Williams and Sam Abington.
Watford Sunday Football League
(Incorporating Olympian Sunday Football League from 2016)
Affiliated to The Hertfordshire Football Association