Tring Athletic 1-3 Broxbourne Borough
TRING Athletic continued their disappointing run of form as they suffered a home defeat at the hands of Broxbourne Borough.
Julian Robinson’s side have now won just two of their last ten games, and are in danger of undoing their good work throughout the season with this late blip.
Athletic still occupy sixth position in the MSSML Premier Division table, but need to arrest their slump if they are to hold on to a top-six finish.
The visitors had also gone into the game on the back of a poor run of results, but they took their chances to secure the points at The Grass Roots Stadium.
After a subdued opening 17 minutes, Tring keeper Mike Underwood was forced into the first save of the game as he tipped Chris Doyle’s free-kick round the post.
At the other end, Athletic felt they should have been awarded a goal when Graham Hall’s effort appeared to have crossed the line, but the match officials waved away the Tring appeals.
And to make matters worse for Athletic, Borough took the lead shortly afterwards.
Pietro Quarshie had struck the post, but Broxbourne made amends as Dean WIilliams fired home in the 34th minute.
Athletic hit back six minutes later as Hall netted via the aid of a deflection, but the visitors scored in stoppage time through Quarshie to take a 2-1 lead into half-time.
And the Tring task was made even more difficult soon after the interval as Broxbourne scored a third goal just three minutes after the restart.
Dean Williams and Frazer John combined well, and the latter fired home to give his side a two-goal cushion.
Tring searched for a way back into the game and Vinnie Iannone forced a good save from stand-in Borough keeper Junior Adeoye, while Underwood thwarted Chris Doyle at the other end.
With just over an hour played, Tring boss Robinson introduced Connor Waite and Paul Jeffrey from the bench, and Athletic began to dominate proceedings.
Andy Mullins, Mickey Swaysland and Hall all came close, before Swaysland hit the post and Hall saw an effort cleared off the line.
The hosts were laying siege to the Broxbourne goal, and Connor Waite looked certain to score but his effort crashed against the bar and away to safety.
From then on it was clear it was not going to be Tring’s day, and Borough held on for the win.
At the time the Gazette went to press, Athletic were preparing to welcome Dunstable Town to Cow Lane.
They then face a tough-looking trip to St Margaretsbury on Saturday afternoon.