Cup joy for under-21s
Herts Intermediate Cup with a 1-0 win at Baldock Town reserves, on Saturday.
With three of Blues squad involved in first team squads at Ryman League sides and two others representing their counties it meant the under-21s had their youngest side out this season with an average age of 18.
Nevertheless it was the young Blues who had the better of the 1st half with half a dozen good chances being created, the best of those falling twice to both Bobby Deemer and Jay Lantieri but on all four occasions they were thwarted by the opposition keeper and those missed opportunities meant that the teams went in at half time all square..
Stortford were slow to get going in the second half and it was the Reds who grabbed the initiative and went close to opening the scoring from two set plays in the first 15 minutes.
Gradually the young Blues thought their way back into the match and started created some promising positions.
The breakthrough eventually came and it was appropriate that man-of-the-match Hagland should grab the winner when arriving late in the box for the umpteenth time he could not get onto the first cross from the left hand side but was alive to the second opportunity when the ball was retrieved and cleverly turned back into the area by Deemer for Hagland to head home from close range.
Hagland nearly grabbed a second five minutes later when after fantastic interplay he again arrived in the opposition area but this time the ball rebounded off the base of a post and was cleared to safety.
With captain Jack Hayes leading the back line superbly throughout, Blues were able to see the game out without further dramas and can look forward to a last tie at the end of January.
The young Blues are scheduled to return to league action this week away to Barkingside who sit three points behind the league leading Stortford side. The U21’s then have a break before returning to action in mid-Jan.