Tring Athletic 2 Haringey Borough 3
A DETERMINED second half fightback was not enough to prevent Tring from being knocked out of the FA Vase at the hands of Haringey Borough.
An uncharacteristically sloppy first 45 minutes from Athletic saw Haringey take a 3-0 lead into half-time, but the hosts rallied at the start of the second period.
Goals from skipper Graham Hall and Vinnie Iannone in the space of four minutes gave Tring hope of staging a dramatic turnaround – but the side could not force the equaliser despite sustained pressure on the Haringey goal.
The match ended on a sour note for the hosts as Andy Mullins suffered a bad injury which resulted in a red card for Borough’s Dewayne Clarke, before Tony Fields was dismissed for Tring after a heated scuffle.
It was an entertaining match from start to finish, but Tring will be left bemoaning their poor first half display for putting paid to their Vase dreams.
Borough, by contrast, started the game brightly and took the lead after 14 minutes with a real route one goal.
A long goal-kick was missed by the Athletic defence, and Roland Namquite slotted past Tring keeper Mike Underwood to give his side the lead.
Athletic started to find a foothold in the game after the goal, but the hosts were left shell-shocked as Haringey tripled their advantage with two efforts in as many minutes.
First, Richard Worrell fired home, before Nick Nicou added a third when Athletic failed to deal with a corner.
With their Vase dreams all but over at half-time, Tring knew they needed to respond quickly after the break– and did just that through Hall.
A foul on Stewart King in the area gave substitute Hall the chance to make an immediate impact on the game, and he duly slotted home to give his side a glimmer of hope.
And things got even better for Tring just three minutes later when a Mullins cross was spilled, allowing Iannone to pounce and reduce the deficit to just one goal.
With renewed belief, Tring continued to press for the equaliser, but Haringey were also looking dangerous.
Both sides seemed capable of adding to the scoreline, but Mullins’ injury overshadowed what was turning into a thrilling contest.
Tring thought they should have had a penalty for Clarke’s challenge on Mullins, but, Athletic were only awarded a free-kick for a previous infringement.
Tempers began to fray and Fields was sent off after his reaction to a two-footed Demetri Stratis challenge, as Tring’s Vase challenge ended for another year.