Sunday 22 February 2015


Some of the travelling Hertford Town supporters at Lowfield yesterday
It was a local derby to forget for Hoddesdon Town yesterday as their miserable run without a win continued to nine games. The Lillywhites have not won a game since Saturday 27th December when they beat Colney Heath 2-1 away from home. Their last win at home was on Saturday 29th November versus Leverstock Green 2-0*. 
The 2014/15 season has been one lacking any sort of stability for Hoddesdon Town. They have used over seventy players in first team fixtures with a number making debuts in yesterday's game following the recent departures of Kevin and Colin Metivier along with club-captain Robbie Carroll.  *Only Sean Stock (who was facing his former club) and Kambo Smith were in the starting XI yesterday from the team that started against Leverstock Green in November.

The Lillywhites have added a new stand to Lowfield recently
They started the season with Neil Conner in charge (who was reserve team manager for the 2013/14 season) who was assisted by former manager Frank Piazza stepped down from the main job in the summer. Conner stepped down at the end of September and Piazza took charge on a Caretaker basis until the beginning of November when current boss John Field took charge. He had been in charge of Grays Athletic u21 team and prior to this had been manager of Essex Olympian League side Harold Hill. 

A proper football pitch at Lowfield yesterday
Hertford Town dominated most of the game with Hoddesdon's young side working hard but ultimately undone at the back a number of times in the air from set-pieces. Debutant James Gilbert (recently with Cheshunt) was rarely troubled in the Hertford Town goal. Sam Ruff put in a great performance in the midfield for Hertford Town with fan favourite Tommy Wade chipping in with his second hat-trick of the season to the delight of the visiting supporters who sang his name in appreciation. Wade could of had a few more goals having hit the post early on in the game and having a number of other goal scoring chances.  It certainly was a good warm-up for their big cup final versus London Colney on Tuesday evening.

Hoddesdon Town's midfielder Daniel Udoh (making his debut following his recent release from Grays Athletic) put in a decent performance for the home side and was unlucky not to score when his effort went just wide of the post in the second half. 

The last time Hoddesdon conceded six goals at Lowfield came back in November 2011 when Kings Langley recorded a 4-6 Herts Charity Shield Quarter-Final. You have to go back to October 2009 for The Lillywhites letting in six goals in a league fixture when Sun Postal Sports won 4-6 in a Spartan South Midlands Division One game. 


The Lillywhites next game comes on Tuesday evening when they visit Holmer Green who are currently second from bottom in the table. They have won one and lost seven of their last eight games. Then they face a really tough game at Kings Langley who, currently in second place by 2 points with 5 games in hand, can be considered title favourites. 

Hertford Town travel to The County Ground in Letchworth to play London Colney in the final of the Hertfordshire FA Charity Shield. Colney recently won 0-3 at Hertford Town on Saturday 7th February with Hertford winning 1-2 at Coltslandwick on Tuesday 9th December in the league fixtures played this season. 

A poster from London Colney advertising the Final on Tuesday

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