Sat 8th Feb 2020
Sponsored by David Foskett
TAFC First team 6-0 Leverstock Green
TAFC goals: Will Foley, Joe Cowan, Prince Nimoh, Jack Sunderland, Will Salmon, Miles Habashi
Well, where do we start.
After a turbulent week, we started with 2 recognised first team players. One playing on the left up front instead of left back and one making his 5th appearance. One ex player brought back, four from the under 18 side and the rest Reserve team players.
Put on a good performance was all we could ask for. This great bunch of lads not only did this and in front of the biggest home crowd of the season, they equalled the biggest win to defeat local rivals Leverstock Green 6-0.
A credit to themselves and a credit to the club and well worth the £70 bar tab.
Tring Athletic (3) 6 Leverstock Green (0) 0
After an interesting week which resulted in only two players being available from last weeks squad, a 3 oclock kick off was considered apt as the majority of players would not otherwise be home until past their bedtime.
In front of a crowd of 182 Tring Athletic kicked off down the hill and the first twenty minutes were relatively even with both teams having their fair share of possession. The home team looked dangerous from corners and set pieces and after twenty-five minutes a well delivered Will Foley free kick went in at far post. Score 1-0.
Within five minutes left back Joe Cowan scored with a lob towards the far post. Score 2-0. On 35 mins a neat Jack Sunderland pass resulted in a turn and shot from the edge of the area by Prince Nimoh for probably the goal of the game. Score 3-0. On 40 mins a lack of communication by two Tring defenders and a neat pass into the penalty area, resulted in a good chance for Leverstock Green which fortunately was scuffed by the far post.
Half Time: Tring Athletic 3 Leverstock Green 0
At the restart, defending the slope Tring Athletic expected and got a strong response from Leverstock Green but within ten minutes some excellent work down the right hand side by Prince Nimoh resulted in a tidy Jack Sunderland finish. Score 4-0.
To a large extent this knocked the wind out of our opponents sails but custodian David Saunders pulled off a stupendous save from an excellent cross shot to help preserve a clean sheet. Unfortunately at this stage Leverstock Green having used all their subs lost a player through injury which looked nasty at the time but a subsequent phone call elicited the fact that fortunately he has made a recovery.
On 85 mins mid-field dynamo Will Salmon struck home from twenty-five yards making it 5-0 and on 90 mins right back Miles Habashi completed the scoring. FT Score 6-0.
It is very hard to pick out individuals in what was a good team performance but returnee Kevin McManus marshalled the seventeen year olds in the back five expertly. In midfield Will Salman stepped into the breach and both Olly Butler and Will Foley helped win the midfield battle. The front three of Jack Sunderland, Clement Asante and especially Prince Nimoh worked hard to keep the visitors on the back foot whilst subs Les Barker-Obua and Frankie Hercules played their part.
Our opponents took the result with the same grace that we would hope and we would like to compliment then on their behavior. Chris Juarszek said after the match; "I would like to thank all those involved this week in helping make today one of our better days."
Team:: D Saunders; M Habashi, K McManus, H Cornick, J Cowan, W Salmon, O Butler (L Barkers-Obua), W Foley, J Sunderland (J Naylor), C Asante P Nimoh (F Hercules): Unused Subs W Mullarkey, T Goodly
The following report has been taken from Leverstock Green's website
Sat 8th Feb
SSML Premier Division 2019/20
Tring Athletic 6 vs 0 Leverstock Green
This was certainly not the result expected by most people from this match. Tring Athletic had endured a turbulent week in which they sacked their first team manager and lost most of their first team squad in the process. The squad they assembled today comprised mostly reserve and A team players, but the young side turned in a performance to which a very lacklustre Leverstock Green side had no answer, and were utterly outplayed.
Tring made the better start with the slope in their favour, with Will Foley hitting a free kick from just outside the box wide in the 5th minute, and Olly Butler curling over a cross two minutes later which Green keeper Adi Connolly had to awkwardly tip over the bar with the sun in his eyes. Leverstock were unable to put together any kind of coherent football, and a free kick into the side netting from Ollie Cox in the 15th minute was the best effort they managed in the first half.
The scoring was opened in the 29th minute, from another free kick outside the box. Foleys shot was tipped onto the bar by Connolly, and the rebound came down in play, however the backspin would have taken it into the net even if Prince Nimoh hadnt followed in to make sure.
It was a lead that Trings play had very much deserved, and they almost doubled the lead a minute later as Jack Sunderland got in behind the Green defence on the overlap, but his shot was tipped onto the post by Connolly. It was only a temporary respite, however, as Trings second goal arrived in the 32nd minute in bizarre fashion, Joe Cowans cross from near the left touchline looping over Connollys outstretched arm into the top corner of the net. Tring were rampant now and added a third on 39 minutes, a stunning strike from Nimoh from the edge of the box that went in off the underside of the bar.
The home side were not flattered by their 3-0 half time lead, and any hopes of a Leverstock recovery in the second half were dashed very quickly as Nimoh crossed for Sunderland to tap home the fourth goal in the 49th minute.
After three substitutions the Leverstock side finally started to play some football. John Smith connected with a fierce volley from a Cox corner that brought a great save out of keeper David Saunders in the 62nd minute, and three minutes later Jamie Ovington got on the end of a Cox free kick, but his header went over the bar, and as he came down he suffered a foot injury and had to be stretchered off after nearly ten minutes of treatment. With all subs already used, Leverstock were down to ten men for the remainder of the game.
Tring added to their score with a long range strike from Will Salmon seconds before the 90 minute mark, and in the 10th minute of stoppage time another long range effort from Miles Habashi found the net, with the referee blowing for time before play could restart. It was a great day for the home club, with a young side pulling out the kind of performance that few expected in front of a big crowd, but an utterly miserable one for Leverstock, who must find a way to bounce back from one of their worst displays of the season.
Goals: Nimoh 29,39, Cowan 32, Sunderland 49, Salmon 90, Habashi 90+10
TAFC Team: 1. David Saunders, 2. Miles Habashi, 3. Joe Cowan, 4. Will Foley, 5. Harrison Cornick, 6. Kevin McManus, 7. Will Salmon, 8. Olly Butler (12. Les Barkers-Obua 79 mins), 9. Clem Asante, 10. Price Nimoh (16. Frankie Hercules 84 mins), 11. Jack Sunderland (17. Joe Naylor 73 mins). Subs not used: 14. Will Mullarkey, 15. Taylor Goodly.
Team: 1. Adi Connolly, 2. Ollie Cox, 3. Dan Weeks, 4. Ethan Flanagan, 5. Jack Stevens (15. Jamie Ovington 51 mins), 6. Steve Hawes, 7. John Smith, 8. Luke Peerless (16. Connor Church 55 mins), 9. Ryan O'Sullivan (12. Scott Burge 60 mins), 11. Frankie Jowle. Sub not used: 14. Kai Stonnell.