Good news all round for promotion hunting Green
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.