Tring Athletic 4 Harefield United 1
TRING Athletic moved back up into second place in the MSSML Premier Division table with a thumping 4-1 win over Harefield United at The Grass Roots Stadium.
Tring had lost their previous league encounter 1-0 to promotion-favourites Chalfont St Peter so a win on Saturday was vital.
Goals from Jason Beck, Andy Mullins and Graham hall put Athletic 3-0 up at half-time, and Tony Fields completed the Tring scoring after the interval.
And with fellow second place hopefuls Colney Heath suffering a 4-0 loss at Royston Town, Tring are now hot favourites to secure the runners-up spot.
Visitors Harefield started the game brightly and could have gone ahead, but it was Tring who broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when Ryan Redford teed up Beck who slammed the ball home.
And the hosts doubled their lead with 24 minutes played as Mullins converted Fields’ cross following a flowing Tring move.
Harefield looked to respond, but the game was put out of their reach shortly before half-time as Hall fired home Athletic’s third.
Nick Jackson embarked on a marauding run down the left before laying the ball back for the hosts’ captain to find the net.
And 10 minutes after the restart, Althletic had the chance to add a fourth from the penalty spot after a tug on Redford in the area.
Fields stepped up, but his effort was kept out by Harefield keeper Andrew Hagger.
Substitute Ashley Addison also came close as his effort crashed back off the post, before Fields made amends for his penalty miss with a headed goal to give his side a four-goal cushion.
To their credit, the visitors didn’t let their heads drop and bagged a late consolation, but it wasn’t enough to take the shine off a crucial win for Phil Casserley’s Tring side.
Athletic boss Casserley said: “It was a good day for us. We weren’t vintage on Saturday but that’s how football goes.”
And Casserley is confident his side can secure the runners-up spot.
“We’ve got ourselves back in second and it’s in our hands,” he said. “All we can do is win our games.”