Dan the man is Flaunden’s penalty hero in cup semis


Goalkeeper Dan Nash was the hero for Flaunden as he made a crucial sudden death penalty save against Comets Sports Club to send his side through to the BSFL League Senior Cup final.

With the scores locked at 1-1 after extra-time following goals from Comets’ Jack Copson and Flaunden man Joe Welton, the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out lottery.

And it was Nash who had the winning ticket as he made the decisive stop to give Flaunden a 7-6 victory to the delight of his team-mates.

In league action, meanwhile, VFC and Berko Tornadoes shared an entertaining 3-3 draw in the Premier Division.

Jack Collier, Jamie Hillier and an own goal did the damage for VFC, while James Shaw, Sam Joliffe and Andy Wheeler-King replied for Tornadoes.

AFC Boars and Gossoms End also shared the spoils as Charlie Martindale and Sonny French netted for Boars, with Lee Mason and George Living on target for Gossoms End in a 2-2 draw.

Hemel Hempstead Corinthians were the big winners in Division Two, thrashing Woodhall Wanderers 7-1 thanks to Ben Davies (2), Chris Armorgie, Alex Kinsley, Jamie Impey, Paul Hunt and Ryan Fahy.

AC Grapes had Drew Duggan (2), Paul Heath (2) and Jamie Evans to thank for a 5-3 win at Berko Tornadoes Reserves, while Echoes beat Jam United 3-2 with goals from Paul Joyce, Luke Wood and Dave Green. Scott Grimes bagged both of the goals for United.

In Division Three, RH Motors raced to an emphatic 6-2 victory against Adeyfield as Sean Lane hit a hat-trick and Luke Butler, Chris Cutler and Louis Miller completed the scoring.

Apsley Athletic also added another three points to their league tally, edging past Potten End Sunday 4-3 courtesy of efforts from Ellis Scott, Ollie Gurney, Ryan Rowe and Chris Linsell. Shawn Hunter bagged a brace for Potten End but it was not enough.

There was plenty of action in Division Four, with Greenacres II leading the way with a 3-0 away win at Hemel Athletic. Tom Porter, Scott Carrington and Ben Harris got the goals.

AFC Old Bell Gate won 3-2 at Old Bell Athletic thanks to strikes from Gavin Gow, Jamie Long and Kenny Harrington, while a single strike from Billy Stanbridge was enough for The Old Bell Gate to pick up the three points at Olde Kings Arms.

And Sporting Blackbirds completed the clean sweep of away wins in the division as they picked up a routine 2-0 victory against AC Grapes Reserves.