Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Colney Heath FC

Colney Heath 4 Chalfont St Peter 6 - Spartan South Midlands League, Premier Division

Colney Heath is a large village south-east of St Albans, Hertfordshire. The population of the ward of Colney Heath at the time of the 2001 census was 5,449. There are four coal posts in Colney Heath suggesting that this small village was once a busy route for trade travelling to London. The posts are at the road junction, opposite the Cock pub, near Coursers Farm and on the heath by the Colney River. Hertfordshire's coal posts are dotted around the south of the county, some at road junctions, others buried away in woodland and hedgerows. All are more than 130 years old.

As for the previous week's visit to Biggleswade United, my neighbour was again behind the wheel and provided a very welcome door to door service. We reached the village of Colney Heath from Cheshunt in about half an hour via Hertford and Hatfield. The village is served by buses and I would think St Albans would be the easiest rail interchange (Thameslink) although Welham Green (First Capital Connect) is close by. On entering Colney Heath from the A414 it is very easy to locate the Recreation Ground, situated on the left, just past the school.

The ground is a tidy venue with a decent clubhouse in front of which is covered accommodation including seating for 96 spectators. Standing room is also available immediately before this area. This was particularly welcome on a very wet evening.

In August in the reverse fixture, these 2 teams shared 9 goals with Chalfont St Peter winning 7-2. This time the combined tally was 10. At half time Chalfont were already 4-0 ahead and had looked dangerous each time they entered the Colney half. The second period started in much the same way but after falling further behind Colney did start to make inroads. Chalfont will find it hard to understand why they did not maintain a sizable lead but credit to home side for making the scoreline respectable.

Attendance: 31
Admission: £4
Programme: £1
Tea/Coffee: 50p
Rolls: £1
Crisps: 35p

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