Match Preview: Colney Heath (A) – League
By Leon Waite – @leonwaite98
A blistering first-half display from United helped ensure a fourth consecutive league win on Tuesday night- a period that has seen them score fourteen goals. The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead against Stotfold at Second Meadow with some scintillating attacking football and a quite remarkable strike from midfield powerhouse Nick Elliot.
The worrying aspect of the performance was the manner in which United relinquished their grip on proceedings and allowed the visitors to score either side of halftime and come close to equalising on several occasions. Emmanuel Akrinade’s finish six minutes from time ultimately sealed another three points but there were positives and negatives for Head Coach Cristian Colas to ponder ahead of a trip to Colney Heath this weekend.
This week’s opponents come in the shape of a Colney Heath side whose league position doesn’t tell the full story of their campaign thus far. The Magpies sit bottom of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with a solitary win to their name- a 4-1 victory over Hadley.
However, Ryan Thompson’s men overcame Tring Athletic, Shortwood United and Cockfosters- all without conceding a goal- to reach the second qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Their reward was a home tie with Burgess Hill Town, who are two divisions above, and they recovered from a three-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw. The replay saw them dispatched 3-0 by their lofty opponents, but it was a terrific run for the side based in a small village neighbouring St Albans.
They are also into the first round of the FA Vase, the third round of the League Challenge Trophy and the quarter-final of the Herts Charity Shield. So whilst their league position isn’t threatening, it’s primarily because cup fixtures have disrupted their schedule and they simply need to catch up with their competitors and will be eager to do so swiftly.
And having succumbed to defeat at Leighton Town last time out, they come into Saturday’s game at The Recreation Ground needing a win and United need to handle that in order to continue their good form, KO 3pm.