Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club's Colney Heath and St Margaretsbury played their first competitive game of the season last night in the Hertfordshire FA Charity Shield Round One. The game pitched 18th v 20th in the league table from last year - Colney Heath are expected by many to do much better this season, with Manager Ryan Thompson joining from November last season, now having a full summer to prepare. He took their local rival's London Colney to second place in the 2015/16 campaign who then went on, albeit with Joe Sweeney in charge, to win last season's title.
The home side dominated much of the game as the final score of 8-2 suggests. St Mags struggled to create any real goal scoring opportunities until a ten minute spell in the second half when already 0-4 down they scored twice - one was a fantastic free kick from just outside the box. Colney Heath played some good football on a really nice surface at The Recreation Ground and ran in another four goals in the final fifteen minutes.
Their goal scorers were Lee Armitt (3), Jimmy Hill (2), Stef Geraldes, David Parkinson and Spencer Clarke-Mardell.
The Quarter-Final draw for the Herts FA Charity Shield is now
Welwyn Garden City v London Colney
Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted
Hadley v FC Broxbourne Borough
Sun Sports v Colney Heath
For The Bury Boys it's early days of course and Manager John Barker will look forward to their Emirates FA Cup game with Essex Senior League side Burnham Ramblers on Saturday. Colney Heath are at home to fellow SSMFL Premier side Tring Athletic.