London Colney get the better of Tring in battle of the in-form sides

Trevor Gibbs in action for Tring Athletic against London Colney. Picture (c) Colin Sturges
Trevor Gibbs in action for Tring Athletic against London Colney. Picture (c) Colin Sturges

Tring Athletic saw their five-game unbeaten run come to an end on Saturday as they went down 2-1 to in-form London Colney.

Despite the narrow margin of victory, London Colney were good value for the three points and Tring can have no real complaints about the outcome.

Athletic started off positively enough and dominated the early stages, but Colney upped their game and started to take control of the game after the 15-minute mark.

In the 18th minute Colney’s Matt Newman lobbed a good opportunity wide of the post, but the visitors did eventually break the deadlock in first half stoppage time when skipper Danny Fitzgerald fired home a vicious dipping shot from 25 yards.

It did not take Colney long to double their advantage after the interval as Martin Collins lobbed Mike Underwood to give his side a two-goal cushion.

Tring pulled a goal back in the 69th minute when Chris Salmon produced a bullet header from a Graham Hall corner, and they had a good opportunity to level the scores nine minutes from time.

Martin Skinner’s cross found Ryan Sturges unmarked beyond the far post but his shot flew over the bar and Colney held on for the three points.