WEMBLEY 0, HERTFORD TOWN 0,
Saturday, 7th January, 2017,
Spartan South Midlands League – Premier Division All that was missing in a fully committed, feisty scoreless affair between fifth placed Wembley and Hertford Town, who were in second spot, were goals…..of course!
It wasn’t the worst goalless draw ever witnessed, but in a tightly-fought encounter of very few clear-cut chances, neither side had a player in their ranks with the ability to create something special to turn this blank contest on it’s head. So, nil-nil it was.
It wasn’t exactly a physical game either, but both teams had a player sent-off.Given Hertford’s horrible habit of hollering at every decision the referee made,coupled with their annoying practice of making a meal of injury even for the slightest Wembley contact, this wasn’t totally surprising
Had the visitors concentrated on playing football rather than on protesting, they might have won. They did dominate the first-half, mainly due to Wembley surprisingly deciding to sit back during this period and absorb the pressure.
But the Lions had few real concerns. The only first-half incident of note came midway through when Wembley’s new goalkeeper Przemyslaw Mierzwa rushed out of his territory to try and halt a Hertford breakaway. This he did with a mistimed challenge on the approaching player.
The ball rolled loose and the referee waved play on. It was clearly not a goalscoring opportunity as a couple of home defenders averted the danger.. Mierzwa received a caution.It was all change after the break, however, as the Lions became the dominant force during the second-half. They also received a boost in the 56th minute when Hertford were reduced to ten men.
It was unclear at first what had happened. But It transpired that Dan Ferrigno, the player who saw red, had been ordered off for violent conduct after a linesman had seen him kick the ball at Wembley’s Calvin Kasirye following a foul. Kasirye was booked for his initial challenge, but deserves some credit for not rolling around in agony after being hit by the ball.Disappointingly, Wembley were unable to make use of the extra man advantage.
And alas, Kasirye blotted his copybook by seeing red himself, twenty minutes later when he was booked again (dissent), which squared things up. A tense climax followed, but the stalemate remained. Both sides going extremely
close to breaking the deadlock. The unsighted Hertford ‘keeper made a brilliant full-length save to push aside Yassine Fehmi-Gil low strike which seemed destined for the bottom corner of the net.
Hertford countered and created a good chance of their own near the end when they seemed certain to score with a close range drive. But Wayne Walters fell bravely at the striker’s feet to block the ball.
WEMBLEY; Mierzwa, Carroll, Humphries, Walters, Brown, Mota, Sabti (Iley 71), O’Reilly,
McKee,(Dinham 68), Fehmi-Gil, Kasirye.
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