Athletic on track with impressive Town win

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Tring Athletic 3 Hanwell Town 1

TRING Athletic continued their promising start to the MSSML Premier Division season with a well-deserved 3-1 win at home to Hanwell Town.

Athletic dominated proceedings, and goals from Matt Jarvis, Stewart King and Connor Waite secured the points for Julian Robinson’s side.

The two teams had met three weeks previously with Tring coming out on top in an FA Cup tie, and the home side were keen to make it a league and cup double over their visitors.

Hawell started brightly but Tring soon began to produce chances, with Stuart King and Brett Court both coming close to finding the net.

Athletic had a penalty shout turned down in the 23rd minute, but the side made the breakthrough eight minutes later as Jarvis volleyed home expertly from the edge of the area.

The goal buoyed the hosts, and Danny Gray, Vinnie Iannone and Jarvis were all denied by fine saves as Hanwell found themselves fortunate to go into half-time with just a one goal deficit.

Tring, though, started the second half as they had finished the first and doubled their lead after 52 minutes.

The ball was fed to Stuart King just inside the box and he burst between two defenders before rounding keeper Andrew O’Connell and firing into an empty net.

Athletic’s joy was shortlived though, as Hanwell stunned the hosts with a Blaise O’Brien goal to half the deficit within two minutes.

Tring pushed forward to restore their two-goal lead, and were left bemused as King was booked for diving in the area after what appeared a clear foul by the Hanwell keeper.

Atheletic were incensed, but it did not take them long to score the third goal as Waite wrapped up the points in cool fashion, rounding O’Connell before slotting into an open goal.

“We’ve had a good week,” said Athletic boss Robinson. “After winning on Tuesday, we played really well in parts against Hanwell.

“We got a bit nervous at times, though, and we aren’t having a lot of luck in front of goal.”

The Tring manager says he is pleased with the way his side have reacted after the summer’s reshuffle.

“Considering what we had to do over summer, we’re just starting to settle and things are coming along really well.

“The new players have been made to feel really welcome and are fitting in extremely well.”

At the time the Gazette went to press, Robinson’s side were preparing for a home tie with New Bradwell St Peter in the Challenge Cup.

Athletic then face Hillingdon Borough at The Grass Roots Stadium in a league fixture on Saturday.