THERE WAS SOME DRAMA BEFORE KICK OFF AS REFEREE ASKED LONDON COLNEY GOALKEEPER NORBOERT KESSE-ADU TO REMOVE THE SHIRT HE HAD ON UNDERNEATH HIS KEEPER'S SHIRT. WHEN HE EXPLAINED IT WAS PADDING TO PROTECT HIS ELBOWS COMMON SENSE SAW THROUGH AND HE WAS ALLOWED TO CARRY ON.
2022 was a difficult year for London Colney Football Club as at the end of the 21/22 season they finished second bottom of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division but were reprieved from relegation on a Points Per Game basis as they were one of the twelve teams who had the better record across the sixteen step five divisions.
The Blueboys started this season with an amazing win at Cockfosters (report here) but have since been winless in the league and are rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division table - if there isn't an amazing turn around in form it looks like step six football for the 23/24 season which will be the first time since the 2011/12 campaign.
Stuart Crawford, who had been appointed Manager in March, had departed the club in October with Director of Football Ken Charlery stepping in being assisted by Liburd Henry with Callum Fowler as coach.
On Tuesday 3rd January they hosted Tring Athletic who have won many admirers with some of their performances this season - they had midfielder Joel Anker and defender Charlie Waller in their starting XI for this game who are both currently on loan from League One side MK Dons. Both had very good games with Anker in particular looking very busy in midfield. He scored the first goal of the game followed by a great strike by Godlove Oppong and a far post header by Waller just before half time.
Oppong was very unlucky to score a second goal when his neat and skilful back heel looked to have crossed the line (see replay) but wasn't given.
Credit must be given to London Colney who played much better in the second half and scored via a Caleb Steele header to make the final score 1-3.
London Colney have a run of games at their Cotlandswick home starting with Risborough Rangers on Tuesday evening. They then host Potton United on Saturday followed by a midweek game against St Panteleimon. On Saturday 28th January they host Shefford Town & Campton with league leader's Stotfold visiting on Saturday 4th February.
Tring Athletic travelled to Stotfold on Saturday and narrowly lost 2-1. They host Division Two side Berkhamsted Raiders on Tuesday evening in the West Herts St Marys Cup before their biggest game of the season so far when they host Walsall Wood in the Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round next Saturday.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS - SHORT
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS - LONG
GODLOVE OPPONG BACK HEEL - WAS IT OVER THE LINE OR NOT?
|KEN CHARLERY, LIBURD HENRY AND CALLUM FOWLER HAVE A TOUGH FEW MONTHS COMING UP IN THEIR BATTLE TO KEEP LONDON COLNEY AT STEP FIVE OF THE NON-LEAGUE LADDER|