Striking duo inspire Town to first win
STRIKERS are like buses – well they are in the case of Amersham Town, writes John Whitbread.
Magpies boss Dan Madden had spent two months searching for just one, and then two come along together in the form of Harry Healey and Craig French.
And they helped inspire Town to their first Spartan South Midlands Division One win of the season against Winslow United on Saturday.
The biggest impact for previously shot-shy Amersham was made by speedy little front man Healey, who had previously played for Harpenden and Hayes & Yeading and was captured despite interest from much more senior clubs.
Madden brought him on 10 minutes into the second half with the score tied at 1-1 and with his first touch Healey took the ball round two defenders to fire past the goalkeeper for what proved to be the winner.
Soon after towering 6ft 4in former AFC Hayes forward French came on to form a little and large partnership with Healey and he was just denied his own debut glory when his effort smacked against the crossbar.
“It’s a really big lift for the team, and I think these two could form a very good strike force” said Madden.” We have not been playing badly all season, but we just did not have anyone to grab the goals.
“We had to use our captain Ryan Jones as a temporary striker, but the arrival of the new lads meant he could go back to his much more influential midfield position, where he could dictate the approach work.
Amersham had to come from behind, with Winslow scoring a deflected 25th minute opener. They levelled before half-time through Dean Pearce from the penalty spot when Chris Gough was brought down and then Healey grabbed the winner.
Unfortunately, they were unable to build on that in the Challenge Trophy first round on Tuesday night, when they were beaten 6-0 by Premier Division Hertford Town and will look to regroup against Edgware Town on Saturday.
Fellow Division One
Sam Pettyfer scored for Holmer Green against Hadley next in action on Wednesday night when they host Amersham.
Holmer Green are also out the Challenge Trophy after they went down 2-1 at home to Hadley in extra time.
Sam Pettyfer struck in the 86th minute for Green to cancel out Darryl Milham’s goal, but Shahob Khosrowshahi grabbed the winner for the visitors with penalties looming.
That came on the back of a 3-1 defeat to AFC Dunstable in the Spartan South Midlands Premier at the weekend, where Andy Shed grabbed their consolation.
Green are on the road twice this week when they visit Hillingdon Borough on Saturday and then Oxhey Jets on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Chalfont Wasps remain bottom of Hellenic League Division One East despite a 2-2 draw at leaders Brackley Town on Saturday, while Penn & Tylers Green also shared the points as they drew 3-3 at Finchampstead.
Wasps will be looking for their first win when they host the team immediately above them, Burnham Reserves, this weekend while Penn & Tylers Green are at second-placed Easington Sports.