Bens steal the show at Takeley
Takeley 2 Wormley 1 Takeley FC continued their pre-season preparations with a victory at home to Wormley Rovers on Tuesday night. Takeley manager Don Watters was pleased with his side, but disappointed with Wormley s long ball tactics. We played well in
Takeley 2 Wormley 1
Takeley FC continued their pre-season preparations with a victory at home to Wormley Rovers on Tuesday night.
Takeley manager Don Watters was pleased with his side, but disappointed with Wormley's long ball tactics.
"We played well in patches, but they are an awkward side to play against as they have four or five big lads and like to play the ball in the air," he said.
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"We deserved to win though.
We stuck to our task and got our reward."
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He added: "I used 19 players as I need to see everyone play and it was a good workout for us and I'm pleased with how it went."
Takeley started strongly and went ahead after just 90 seconds when Josh Colson curled the ball under the bar, for Ben Coleman to head into the net.
Takeley were made to pay for missed chances when Wormley drew level on the stroke of half-time through Darren Charles.
There were few threatening moments to either defence in the second half, until the last quarter of an hour.
James Whitbread saw a drive saved, before the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Mark Watters was knocked out for a few minutes in the penalty area, with Ben Doyle stepping up to fire in the resulting spot-kick.
Takeley 1 Cockfosters 1
A last minute equaliser from Cockfosters stopped Takeley taking the victory in their pre-season friendly on Saturday.
"It was a very good performance despite the fact we had several players missing and if we had gone in at half-time 3-0 up, it would have been a fair scoreline," said Watters.
Takeley started strongly and took the lead after eight minutes. Steve Robins was floored in the box, with Greig Taylor stepping up to fire the resulting penalty into the net.
Takeley were defending resolutely, but after half an hour Cockfosters stepped up a gear and a classic diving header by their left back skimmed the upright, with the hosts going in at the break with a slender advantage.
Takeley came flying out of the traps in the second half and within seconds Greig Taylor found Josh Colson, but his effort was well saved by Cockfosters keeper Shay Morris gave a brilliant lunge to his left and turned the ball out for a corner.
From that corner Morris again stripped the home side of another chance to score with a well taken save.
Cockfosters began to turn up the heat, and their centre forward was unlucky with a blast that hit the upright and his shot moments later was turned away by Jason Hardy.
Cockfosters kept searching for the equaliser and got their reward on 89 minutes when Ben Penfold clipped the ball past Hardy to give his side a share of the spoils.
Sunday sees a Fun Day at Station Road, with Takeley hosting Barking on Tuesday night, 7pm kick-off.