Saturday 10 March 2012
VALE OF WHITE HORSE v ST. ALBANS
COUNTY LEAGUE FIXTURE
At Oxford Brookes University (Harcourt Hill Campus)
Third placedSt. Albans dominated the early exchanges and the VALE were forced on to the back foot and conceded three corners in the first 5 minutes but they defended each one resolutely.
Farmer gave Ormrod an opportunity to stretch the visiting defenders but he was outnumbered and the attack petered out.
Sewell on the left side of the defence made a splendid interception and clearance when the visitors strung together a very threatening move.
The VALE were settling into a pattern of play which left Ormrod as the out and out striker supported by Webb and Wallace but because the midfield were very busy more in defence than attack Ormrod was feeding off scraps and was being very well marked by the visitors’ outstanding skipper Lewis Casey.
In the 16 minute a corner on their left was met by Rahman who headed on to Will Brothwood and he seized upon the chance to score from close range despite both Crowther’s and Sewell’s fearless attempts to block his shot.
The home rearguard were matching the skilful visiting attackers as the game wore on but after 27 minutes could not prevent Crowther from having to make a magnificent save at full stretch to push the ball over when it seemed destined for the top left hand corner of the goal.
HALF – TIME: VALE OF WHITE HORSE 0 ST. ALBANS 1
The VALE opened the second half more positively and Ormrod caused a stir in the visitor’s defence when his turn of foot found them struggling against his pace.
Wallace and Webb on the flanks were giving their markers a hard morning but found it difficult to link with Masters who kept trying to burst through the defence in an attempt to link with the front three.
St.Albans were relying on through balls and Blackwell and Allum were quite comfortable at the heart of the defence. However in the 15th minute Crowther had to be at his best when an escapee from Hertfordshire tried to slide a shot past Crowther who managed to push the ball onto the post and Allum cleared the ball off the line.
Shortly afterwards Standbridge (who had slotted into right back) hit a splendid forty yard pass down the line for Wallace to latch onto. He cut in, beat a defender, and only a magnificent block by Barrett prevented him from scoring. The visitors did not clear their lines and the ball came to Brinkley on the edge of the penalty area and his terrific shot hit the underside of the bar and ended up in the back of the net to put the VALE level.
This was the signal for the VALE to turn up the heat and they dominated the final 11 minutes. Barrett managed to just get a hand to a headed goalbound effort by Webb. Despite being awarded three free kicks well outside the penalty area not one of Webb, Masters or Sewell was able to capitalise upon them but to be fair the free kicks were too far out to expect more.
The game ended with the visiting defence on the back foot and relieved to hear the final whistle.
FULL TIME: VALE OF WHITE HORSE 1 ST. ALBANS 1
Vale Squad: Matthew CROWTHER; Sam BRINKLEY; Joe BLACKWELL; Dominic ALLUM; Jamie MASTERS; Jake FARMER; James ORMROD; Jack SEWELL; Jamie STANDBRIDGE; Daniel WALLACE; ScottWEBB.
Next Fixture: Potters Bar
Saturday 17 March
Start at 10:15 a.m.
At: Oakmere Primary School, Potters Bar