Saints ease past Hanwell
Saints 3 Mendy 55, Tomkins 78, Louth 90
Hanwell Town 0
Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central (Saturday 28 November)
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Saints continued their winning form with what was ultimately a comfortable win over a Hanwell side that had threatened in the early stages to create an upset.
Without Alan Hedley, absent as he awaits the joys of impending parenthood, for the first time this season, Saints looked underpowered in midfield, allowing the visitors to press hard against the Saints defence. A string of corners forced Michael Power-Simpson into some high class saves. The returning Danilson Vicente was all effort as he tried to put one over on his former teammates and it was half an hour before Saints began to claw their way back into the game. Tony Mendy, although closely marked, is not a player to be denied and better finishing from him could have given Saints a first half lead. Other chances fell to Craige Tomkins and Aaron Lansiquot and Kofi Lockhart-Adams should have done better to finish with only the keeper to beat.
The second half saw Saints continue to take control and the deadlock was broekn after 10 minutes when Tony Mendy, as only he can, slipped between two defenders in a crowded area and slide the ball past the keeper for goal number 15 in just 12 league games since the start of September. With 17 in total he is clear at the top of league hot shots.
With the threat from Hanwell beginning to dissipate against the disciplined Saints defenders as the second half took shape, the increasing probings of the home side, led by the teasing crosses from Craige Tomkins, began to open cracks in the Hanwell defence. It was Craige Tomkins himself who stretched the lead as he drove straight through the middle to fire home past a bewildered keeper.
By now it was all one way traffic and a late strike from substitute Adam Louth was the icing on the cake.
A three goal winning margin, the cementing of third place and a third successive clean sheet, the first time Chalfont has achieved this in the Southern League, made it a triple success for Saints as they enter a very challenging new month.
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Remmel Clarke, Craig Carby, Jack Mullan, Ryan Wharton, Alex Paine, Aaron Lansiquot (Tyrone Pink 77), Lewis Ochoa, Craige Tomkins (Adam Louth 83), Tony Mendy, Kofi Lockhart-Adams (Anthony Thomas 70).
Attendance. 60 Star Player. Craige Tomkins
- Written by Ian
Saints impress with assured win
Saints 1 Tomkins 53
Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central (Saturday 21 November)
Match photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskme5LbC
If Saints are to maintain their challenge at the top of the table this season, it is important to get good results against solid, well-organised sides like Northwood. So Saturday's win was a huge feather in the cap for Danny and his side and the tactics employed to negate the threats posed by the home side.
A single goal early in the second half was enough to separate the two sides on a chilly afternoon. Both sides lined up to neutralise the perceived main threat posed by the other. Lewis Ochoa and Remmel Clarke, both playing in unusual positions for them, both excelled in the full back role minimising the Northwood flank players and denying service to top scorer Michael Murray. In reply, Burgess and Kenny had to double-team Tony Mendy to keep the Division's top scorer off the score sheet.
The two defences dominated play and so chances were few and far between. Saints certainly felt they didn't get the rub of the green with some of the refereeing decisions in the first half as Tony Mendy repeatedly challenged the home defence with his fast breaking runs. Charlie Kennedy was strong in the air and Mark Burgess resolute on the ground for Northwood.
Saints looked confident throughout the side and despite some nervous moments, the defence, marshalled excellently as always by Ryan Wharton never looked seriously under threat. Alan Hedley and Alex Paine have finally found a system that brings out the best in both of them in midfield and Aaron Lansiquot was enjoying one of his more threatening performances.
The second half promised more of the sparring, interrupted only by some increasingly pedantic officiating, but a moment of magic from Aaron Lansiquot finally broke the deadlock. Breaking into the box past several players, he lifted the ball into the path of Craige Tomkins and his crisp finish gave Laurencin no chance in the Northwood goal.
As the game went on, neither side looked likely to trouble their opponents defence and despite several changes late on the die was set and the clock ran out on another satisfying win for a Chalfont side that is starting to look like the real deal.
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Lewis Ochoa, Remmel Clarke, Jack Mullan, Ryan Wharton, Alex Paine, Aaron Lansiquot, Alan Hedley, Anthony Thomas (Kofi Lockhart-Adams 72), Tony Mendy (Enoch Showunmi 76), Craige Tomkins (Adam Louth 86).
- Written by Ian
Saints win at Leighton
Leighton Town 0
Saints 1 Mendy 52
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Remmel Clarke, Adam Louth, Jack Mullan, Ryan Wharton, Alex Paine, Aaron Lansiquot, Alan Hedley, Anthony Thomas (Enoch Showunmi 70), Tony Mendy (Kofi Lockhart-Adams 76), Craige Tomkins (Lewis Ochoa 80).
- Written by Ian
Saints lose claim in Red Insure
Northwood 5 Murray 13, Muir 16, 51, Brown 64, Kennedy 90+4
Saints 1 Paine 23
Red Insure Cup Second Round (Tuesday 10 November)
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Mark Jamison, Craig Carby (Lewis Ochoa 54), John Sonuga, Ryan Wharton, Alex Paine, Aaron Lansiquot, Will Hudson, Kofi Lockhart-Adams (Dandi Syla 71), Tyron Pink (Remmel Clarke 66), Adam Louth.
- Written by Ian