Strik­ing duo in­spire Town to first win

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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.

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