Good news all round for pro­mo­tion hunt­ing Green

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

IT HAS been a story of all good news for Penn & Tylers Green FC this week in the Hel­lenic League.

Gio­vani Se­pede’s side took brag­ging rights from their derby fix­ture at Chal­font Wasps on Satur­day cour­tesy of a 2-0 win and re­turned to the dress­ing room to find their con­querors of seven days ago Bices­ter had been thrashed at Rayn­ers Lane.

It meant Green had leapfrogged their ri­vals once more to re­turn to the Hel­lenic Divi­sion One East sum­mit – and the good news did not end there.

Read­ing Town have had to with­draw from the league and see their record ex­punged. But while Bices­ter and the other ti­tle con­tenders Hen­ley have played them twice, Green have faced them just once, mean­ing for now at least they have clear day­light over their ri­vals at the top.

“It will even it­self out in the end, but for now we will have three more points and a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence,” he said of Town’s un­for­tu­nate demise.

“It’s still looks like a three-horse race with Bices­ter and Hen­ley, who are not go­ing to go away.

“We still have to go to Hen­ley and to Rayn­ers Lane who have shown against Bices­ter they are a tough side to play against.”

Hav­ing lost last week at Bices­ter, he knows how im­por­tant it was to get back to win­ning ways against Wasps.

He ques­tioned whether the game should ever have been played on a quag­mire of a pitch, but once the de­ci­sion was made to go ahead Chris Hurst gave them a dream start with an early goal – his first since re­turn­ing to the club just be­fore Christ­mas.

There­after, the men from French School Meadow con­trolled a game of few chances be­fore Danny Jor­dan’s penalty sealed vic­tory in the dy­ing min­utes. Hav­ing missed a sim­i­larly late spot-kick in de­feat at Bices­ter, Se­pede was pleased to have come through a tough day suc­cess­fully this time around.

“Not much was ever go­ing to hap­pen in terms of flow­ing foot­ball,” he added. “So it was a mat­ter of tak­ing no chances, get­ting the ball for­ward early and try­ing to force a mis­take from your op­po­nents.

“The early goal helped us, but while we con­trolled the game we needed the penalty to kill it and close it out sen­si­bly.”

Mean­while, Flack­well Heath crushed Ayles­bury Dy­namos 5-0 to storm into the fi­nal of the Wy­combe Se­nior Cup.

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