St Margaretsbury 0 Tring Athletic 2
TRING Athletic recorded their second consecutive 2-0 victory as they saw off St Margaretsbury on Saturday.
Athletic dominated large periods of the game, and goals either side of half time from Reon Thomas and Connor Waite did the damage for Julian Robinson’s side.
The confidence among the Tring players was evident from the off and they dictated the game with some slick passing football.
And the positive approach paid dividends after only five minutes as Athletic scored a well-worked goal.
The ball was played down the left to Paul Jeffrey, whose cross was laid off by Waite for Thomas to fire home into the roof of the net.
Athletic continued to press forward after the opening goal, and Thomas and Matt Jarvis both had chances to double the lead.
Athletic were awarded an indirect free-kick in the area soon afterwards, and Paul Jeffrey saw his effort cleared off the line.
Not much had been seen of the Boro attack and their first genuine attempt on goal came on the half hour mark, but skipper Anthony Anstead fired over.
That seemed to swing the momentum in the hosts’ favour, and they had the lion’s share of the possession from then until half-time
St Margaretsbury continued to press after the break, and Tring keeper Mike Underward was forced into a smart stop in the 51st minute.
However, after withstanding the hosts’ onslaught, Athletic worked their way back into the game and Graham Hall produced a save from the keeper.
The home side created a couple of chances at the other end, but it was Tring who scored the decisive second goal.
Jack Thomson, who had a fine game in centre midfield, slipped an astute pass to Hall in the area, and the Athletic captain’s equally clever pass was slotted home by Waite.
With a two-goal lead in the bag, Athletic resumed the role they displayed at the start of the game by keeping possession and controlling the game.
Hall was now pulling the strings in midfield and Waite went close twice, before Sam Mitchell headed over as Tring held out comfortably for the three points.