Promotion hopes Dec-ed
Tuddenham 1 Fowlmere 1 DESPITE missing four key players, a fine Fowlmere performance ended Tuddenham s promotion hopes. Fowlmere started well, playing some neat football, and they took a 20th-minute lead when Dec Shilton caused mayhem on the flank and his
DESPITE missing four key players, a fine Fowlmere performance ended Tuddenham's promotion hopes.
Fowlmere started well, playing some neat football, and they took a 20th-minute lead when Dec Shilton caused mayhem on the flank and his deep cross was headed in by a home defender.
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Tuddenham started to apply some pressure on the visiting defence but could only manage some long-range shots which missed the target on most occasions.
But Fowlmere always looked dangerous and it was Shilton again who almost stretched the lead when his cheeky 25-yard shot from wide clipped the bottom of a post.
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After the break, the home side switched to three at the back as they chased the win they needed for promotion.
This worked for them as they pinned Fowlmere in their own half, but they had to wait until the 70th minute to get through with an excellent strike from the edge of the box.
Fowlmere, though, still looked dangerous on the break and thought they had snatched a win nine minutes from time when the home keeper fumbled on the goal-line and Shaun Douglas tapped home the loose ball - only to see the referee blow for a free-kick.
Tuddenham then forced a succession of corners which Fowlmere defended excellently, with George Kew clearing two chances off the line.
But again the game swung up the other end and sub Ian Ling could have scored but could not direct his volley in.
Fowlmere: Pedlar, Geal, Kew, King, Sooter, B Wood, T Wood, Faubel, Douglas, Shilton (Ling), Symonds.
Buntingford Town Vets 0
Royston Town Vets 3
TOWN finished their season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Buntingford at The Bury on Sunday.
With Mike Jackson and Paul Lewis unavailable, manager Terry Gore brought in Paul Little at the back and the versatile Colin MacArthur up front.
Royston started in dominant mood with Dickie Harris and Carlo Silenti controlling the midfield and the pace of Simon Lewis causing the hosts problems up front.
A number of good openings failed to produce a goal but then after 20 minutes the ball was driven into the penalty area and Silenti latched on to the defender's clearance to fire Royston into the lead.
Royston continued to dominate the first half but failed to convert their chances into goals and turned round with just the single-goal advantage.
Buntingford made the occasional foray into the visitors' penalty box at the start of the second half but with Kevin Flack and Paul Little snuffing out the attacks the hosts failed to threaten keeper Merv Chaffey.
Following good approach play by Harris and Silenti an opening was created for Darryl Quinn down the left and he made no mistake with a well-directed right-foot shot that beat the home keeper to increase Royston's lead.
Ten minutes later, Quinn scored his second and Royston's third goal when he finished off an excellent move down the right by Cannon and Lewis.
MacArthur was unlucky not to score from a couple of rasping shots but the hosts' defence held out and a sporting game ended with a 3-0 victory for Royston.
Royston Town Vets: M. Chaffey, I King, K Flack, P Little, I Stubbs, B. Cannon, R Harris, C Silenti, D Quinn, S Lewis, C McArthur, I Allen.