Friday 30 October 2020


Hertford Town are certainly an advert for stability, a long term project and not sacking the boss when results haven't been great - Ben Herd has built a very impressive young team - the squad for Tuesday evening's game at home to Chalfont St Peter had an average age of 20.81. 

Over the first seven Isthmian South-Central Division games of last season they won one and lost six scoring eight and let in twenty-seven goals. With this 2-1 win their record this season shows how far they have progressed - It now reads won 4 and lost three scoring ten and letting in ten. 

Another indication is that their recent 3-1 victory at Westfield was just over a year since a 1-9 defeat at home to the same side. 

Chalfont St-Peter Manager Finlay Johnson has also done a great job in building a young exciting team that had won two of their six league games played up until kick off at Hertfingfordbury Park on Tuesday evening. 

Town looked good from the start with David Ogbonna on the left wing and Girsawek Jagdev, who was with Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Hillingdon Borough last season, on the right wing looking dangerous. 

It was Jagdev who was fouled in the penalty box the fourth minute which saw Samuel Faniyan to score from the spot which pleased the Town fans in the crowd of 212 - A huge improvement on the 121 who saw their game against Ashford Town on Saturday 26th October 2019. I think some of the Spurs and Arsenal fans who usually travel into London for a Premier League game are giving The Blues some much needed support due to the current conditions not allowing supporters to top level games.  

Chalfont played some good football and their stand out player for me was Owen James who played on the right wing in the first half. He had a number of chances to score but his efforts went just over the bar. James looks a very good player with quick feet and close control - He was released by League Two side Oxford United at the end of the 2019/20 season where he made one first team appearance in May 2018 against Blackburn Rovers. 

Hertford Town went in at the break 2-0 up when in the 35th minute Isaac Pedro capitalised on a defensive mistakes to slide the ball into Faniyan who slotted the ball past Andy McCorkell in the St Peter goal to score his second goal of the match and his fifth of the season. 

The second half saw Chalfont have more possession but they never really gave Luke Mewitt in the Hertford goal any work to do aside from a save he made from a James free kick. 

They did score on 88 minutes with James's looping corner going straight in to make the last few minutes a little more nervy than Hertford would of wanted. 

Chalfont were reduced to 10 men a few minutes after when former Harrow Borough defender received a second yellow card for a handball offence - He had been booked for a foul in the first half. 





Hertford Town's next game is scheduled league fixture is on Saturday 7th November when Chipstead visit Hertingfordbury Park. Chalfont St Peter visit bottom of the table Harlow Town tomorrow afternoon. 

The blues have arranged an interesting friendly game for Tuesday 3rd November when Watford u23s visit them. Kick off is earlier at 7pm but its a chance to see some of the stars of the future playing for The Hornets. Admission is £8 for adults and £4 for concessions with under 16s £1. Hertford Town season ticket holders get free entry. 

On Saturday 21st November Hertford are due to entertain Ware in a huge local derby - the game last season on Saturday 7th March saw a crowd of 608 people attend so with the current restrictions in place this is likely to be all ticket I think.

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