Tomorrow evening’s Challenge Trophy tie at Broadfields Utd. (Harefield FC’s ground) has already been postponed as the prospects of the pitch recovering in time from the weekend’s weather and overnight freezing temperatures are very slim. The tie has been rearranged for Tuesday 19th December.
The Lilywhites had a penalty saved as they failed to come to terms with the astrotuf of Silver Jubilee Park, and slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Edgware on Saturday. A goal scored direct from a free kick midway through the first half condemned the Lilywhites to their seventh defeat of the season, and was a poor start to the second half of their 2017/18 League campaign.
Today’s Development Division game at Lowfield against Harpenden Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. Next home game at Lowfield is the First Team v Hadley on Saturday 16th December, 3pm kick off.
Two goals each for Emmanuel Melford-Rowe and Kyle Johnson and a first Club goal for Jack Riddle, earned the Lilywhites a thumping 5-1 win against Oxhey Jets at Lowfield on Tuesday evening. Hoddesdon now meet Harpenden Town at home on Tuesday 9th January – subject to weather!
Late first half goals from Bradley Fraser and Emmanuel Melford-Rowe gave the Lilywhites a comfortable 2-0 lead at Cockfosters on Saturday. Leigh Rose made it 3-0 on the hour before the home side reduced the arrears with twenty minute remaining, but Bradley Fraser’s second goal six minutes from the end secured the points. A hotly disputed penalty awarded against Harry Isham, who had to go off injured as a result of the challenge with an opponent, allowed Cockfosters to make the scoreline respectable just before the end, as Tom Cowell was unable to keep out the spot kick.
Two goals from Aidan Critchley and one from Cyrus Babaie secured the points in a 3-2 home win against bottom side Biggleswade Utd. on Saturday.
Next week they host second in the table Harpenden Town for a big six-pointer.
Leverstock Green completed a League double over the Lilywhites with a 2-0 win at Lowfield on Saturday. The game was still poised at 1-0 with a few minutes to go, and the Lilywhites pressing for a point, when a clearly offside player was allowed to set up the visitors second goal. Green deserved the victory but, the margin of it flattered them.
A very much depleted Hoddesdon Town Reserves side enjoyed a 3-2 win at Buckingham Athletic on Saturday. Such was the player drop-out rate during the preceding week, 52 year-old Manager Simon Riddle got himself registered with the League on Friday so he had at least one named sub in the dugout! The Lilywhites second string moved up to third in the table, nine points behind leaders AFC Dunstable with three games in hand.
Hoddesdon Town and Biggleswade Utd. failed to impress at Lowfield on Tuesday evening, a goalkeeping error handing the Lilywhites a 1-0 win in a drab and lifeless game. Few chances created and little goalmouth action was poor fare for the 70 or so spectators who turned out to watch.
Lilywhites ease to a comfortable home win against Stotfold
Hoddesdon moved up a place to fifth in the table with a comfortable 4-0 home win against Stotfold on Saturday.
2-0 ahead by the seventh minute with goals from Kyle Johnson and Louis Rose, the Lilywhites were 3-0 up at the break thanks to a mid-half goal from Tom Cowell.
Connor Scully made it 4-0 with fifteen minutes of normal time remaining, but only after Harry Isham had pulled off a couple of good saves from point blank range.
A rare midweek game now sees the Lilywhites host Biggleswade Utd. on Tuesday 21st, with kick-off at 7 45pm.