Tring Athletic beat the weather, but there’s no flood of goals


With only three other matches played in the whole of the South Midlands League credit must go to the Tring Athletic groundsman and helpers for keeping the pitch in such good condition despite the wettest January on record.

With many other games sidelined Athletic saw a bumper 121-strong crowd turning up for Saturday’s league clash against Hadley, but sadly there were no goals to warm the spectators as the two sides battled to a stalemate.

Both sides will take some satisfaction at gaining a point and keeping a clean sheet.

Conditions were far from ideal with a blustery wind making life difficult for both sides. When chances were created, goal-shy players failed to hit the target and neither keeper was forced into serious action throughout.

Athletic thought they might have nicked it five minutes from time when the impressive Taylor Collins, who came off the bench with 15 minutes left, found the net, but his effort was controversially ruled out for offside much to the disgust of nearby spectators.

Athletic gave a first start to new signing Haris Hodzic, who played wide on the left of midfield and displayed some nice touches and good passing skills.

He was one of four teenagers in the side, and that would been five had Ollie Butler been fit.

Athletic will travel to take on Harefield United in league action on Saturday.