London Colney battle to St Margaretsbury win

London Colney edged to a league win at the weekend: James Whittamore

London Colney edged to a league win at the weekend: James Whittamore

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Matt Newman was the hero as London Colney came out of a scrappy clash with St Margaretsbury as 1-0 victors on Saturday.

With both teams level on points in the Spartan South Midlands League table, the fixture was always going to be a tight affair.

The Blueboys had started the game brightly with Greg Shaw coming close twice but both efforts were unable to test Lee Robinson with one going just wide and the other flying over the bar.

Dan Power also went close after a typically powerful surging run ended with his low shot pulling just wide of the post.

The deadlock was broken early in the second half with a mixture of fine play and good fortune.

Russell Gallagher showed some brilliant footwork by beating the defender before crossing to Jimmy Hartley who laid the ball off to Newman and his mis-hit shot deceived opposition goalkeeper Robinson.

St. Margaretsbury tried to hit back as they won free-kick after free-kick. Ryan Wade went closest for the hosts when his curling shot struck the crossbar.

Shaun Murphy was in action at both ends of the pitch for Colney, one minute clearing the ball from under his own bar before his own header was scrambled clear by Ricky Light.

London Colney will next travel to Oxhey Jets while St Margaretsbury host the London Lions.

Colney Reserves moved to the top of Reserve Division One with a fine 4-0 home win over Risborough Rangers Reserves.

Elliot Smith gave them a 1-0 lead in the first half and two goals from Josh Galloway plus one from Harry King finished off the scoring after the break.

To complete a good weekend, London Colney Blues A-Team won 3-1 at Oxhey Jets in the Webster Cup, with Johnny Armitt scoring a brace and Omar Ech-Chadli adding the third.

London Colney Colts Under-14s maintained their good form with a 4-2 win at home to North West London Jets in the Spring Cup.

Danny Diveney and Alessandro Fardella both showed great skill and composure by grabbing two goals apiece.

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