Late Colney goal sinks Tring

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Colney Heath completed the league double over Tring Athletic after Ben Awad’s 79th minute headed goal earned them a 1-0 victory on a windy Saturday afternoon.

Kicking down the slope in the first half and with the wind behind them, Athletic started the better and in the first minute, Taylor Collins was played in by Ollie Hogg but home goalkeeper Tom Blackman

managed to save with his legs.

Athletic won two corners in quick succession and a half chance fell to Chris Vardy, which sailed past the wrong side of the post.

A scrappy period followed as the two goalkeepers were rarely called into action with the strong wind making life difficult for both sides.

However, there was a chance at each end before the half was up as Jack Hopwood saved low down from full-back Ben Crilley while Sam Joliffe’s tremendous half volley from just outside of the area was well kept out by Blackman.

Tring again started the brighter of the two teams after the restart but they struggled to trouble the Colney goal before the home side began to see a lot more of the ball, although they too were unable to penetrate the Athletic defence.

Set-pieces provided the biggest goal threat with Taylor Collins’ free-kick turned away for a corner by Blackman while Colney Heath put pressure on Tring with several corners.

Then, on 79 minutes, Colney scored what proved to be the winning goal. Ollie Butler conceded a free-kick and the ball was floated into the penalty area, where substitute Ben Award headed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Athletic pushed forward looking for an equaliser but the home side defended well and held out for victory.

Tring, who are 13th in the South Midlands League Premier Division, were due to visit London Tigers last night, Tuesday, and this weekend, Athletic entertain Hillingdon Borough.