Seven-up for Blues
Blues under-21s made it three wins from three Essex & Herts Border Combination games with a 7-3 victory against Chelmsford City side at the ProKit UK Sstadium on Saturday.
The young Blues set the tone for the afternoon as early as the second minute when a good period of possession resulted in Lewis Hagland opening the scoring on his 19th birthday.
Stortford doubled their lead following a surging run from Sean Clare in his own half to the edge of the opposition box allowed further good work by Bobby Deemer to create an opening for Hagland to effortless beat his man and finish in style.
The visitors were then gifted a goal back into the game when a sloppy ball from midfield allowed a free run from their striker who finished in style.
Chelmsford were much more of a threat and created several moments of anxiety for the home defence however in possession the young blues were continuing to play with great pace and movement and looked capable of scoring every time they linked several passes together. Following more good work from Clare, a superb one-two between Deemer and Rhys Henry resulted in the latter finishing in style to put the home side 3-1 up. Shortly afterwards Chelmsford were awarded a dubious penalty that was coolly dispatched by their skipper.
The young Blues were keen to amend for what they perceived an injustice and their stylish football created several chances before another slick passing move resulted in Henry tucking away his 2nd and the home team’s 4th goal to provide a half time score-line of 4-2 to Stortford although it took a goal line clearance just before halftime to stop the opposition from grabbing a third.
The second half continued to go the way of the first with Stortford’s high quality football creating numerous promising opportunities but at the same time Chelmsford were never out of the game completely. The young blues went 5-2 ahead when the outstanding Deemer latched onto a loose opposition pass and lobbed the keeper following good pressure on the ball high up the pitch by the home side forced the mistake.
Five minutes later Chelmsford went back down the other and good interchange of passing and a quality finish of their own reduced the deficit further to 5-3.
But Stortford then produced their best spell of the game and for 20 minutes controlled the match adding two goals of exceptional quality with Tom Lakin smashing in from 25 yards following more good work from Deemer and then a top quality give and go between Tom Weller and Henry allowed Henry to dribble into the area, round the keeper and complete his hat-trick and Stortford’s seventh and final goal.
Stortford could have scored more goals from their exciting play but it must be said that Chelmsford carved out some good chances of their own with several quality saves being made by the home keeper.
Blues travel to the other unbeaten side in the competition when they visit Clapton on Thursday before hosting Brentwood next – date to be confirmed, and will be on www.bsfc.co.uk.
Stortford U21’s: Jones, Baughurst, Sardinha, Ashford, Green (Captain), Hagland, Pykes, Clare, Weller, Duah, Lantieri, Deemer, Henry, Lakin, Nzengo & De Olivera.