London Colney fall to London Lions defeat

St Albans & Harpenden Review: London Colney's winning run came to an end London Colney's winning run came to an end

London Colney's winning run in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division was brought to an end on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by relegation-threatened London Lions.

The Blueboys were on the back foot early in the game and the visitors had a chance when Guy Tahin’s shot struck the post with goalkeeper Mark Whittamore beaten.

It wasn’t long until the Lions went ahead. Tahin gained possession in midfield, broke forward and slotted past Whittamore.

The lead was short-lived as the Blueboys equalised from a corner. Ben Hammond floated a cross into the area and Tom Smith rose highest to head home past Arrlys Pampolim.

The home side came close to going in front on several occasions. Matt Newman glanced a header wide, Martin Collins almost turned a cross into the net and Smith missed the target after he connected with a Hammond free-kick.

Newman should have put Colney ahead when he broke through but his low strike hit both posts before Pampolim collected the ball. In the second period, the hosts came close again as Jimmy Hartley was denied and Greg Shaw fired over. Lions’ Bamba Kavawly saw an effort saved by Whittamore.

The game was settled with six minutes remaining. Pedro Cotelo put Tahin through on goal and he coolly slotted his strike into the bottom corner to secure a much-needed win for the visitors.

Colney’s Reserves completed a 3-2 win against Hadley thanks to a hat-trick from Josh Galloway. The London Colney Blues moved into the West Herts Junior Cup final after defeating JC United 2-0. Alex Corley and Yande Siwale secured their victory.

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