St Albans City West  vs  Harpenden Hawks (3rd December)

The U14 West team finally got revenge for last seasonís controversial defeat against Harpenden Hawks, as they comfortably beat them in their first encounter of the current season.

West began well, and were a goal up after just five minutes after Greg Springall played a good through ball to Jamie Heaffey who beat the defence to score with a good shot into the bottom left hand corner. Chances were limited for both sides though, but West created two openings for Tom Weaver, the second of which was a great shot that the keeper just pushed wide for a corner. As the half progressed, West started to get a little sloppy, and five minutes from half time they failed to clear a Hawks attack and they leveled the score.

The second half started evenly, but
West were playing a lot better and
created a few openings, the best of which saw Jamie played through onto goal but the resulting shot went just wide. As the half progressed though, West increased the pressure on the Hawks defence, and with fifteen minutes to go Jamie played a good ball to Carl Biggs who finished well for West to regain the lead. Harpenden then started to push more men forward in search of another equalizer, and almost got it in one attack before Adam Thornhill bravely headed clear, but got a boot in the face for his efforts and had to
be substituted.

With Harpenden pushing men forward, there was more space for West to counter-attack, and it was from a swift move out of defence that West scored their third as George played a great ball for Greg to chase, and from it he scored comfortably.

The final 3-1 score line was fully deserved as the boys put in a good performance, not that they needed motivating following the away fixture in the 05/06 season.

Final Score:  St. Albans City West  3 - 1  Harpenden Hawks

Joint Man of the Match: Myles Smith and Adam Thornhill