Reported by Alex Gilder
Grendon Rangers put in a competent victory against Pitstone & Ivinghoe coming out 4-2 winners on the day. That being there third win out of three against Pitstone this season.
In the first five minutes Grendon had a chance with a long ball finding the head of Solly Janecki, as he flicked onto Mo Adam, who smashed the crossbar.
A good start from Grendon who looked threatening in the opening exchanges.
Pitstone’s Kieran Dought had a hopeful long effort but could only find the gloves of James Cox as Pitstone tried to wrestle some momentum into their favour.
The opening goal of the game came from a corner delivered in by Mo Adam that went through all the bodies in the box but there was Will Young to tap in from 3 yards out.
Only a few minutes later and Grendon found themselves 2-0 up as some shoddy defending from the Pitstone backline allowed Dan Ciucia to play in Joe Walls, who delightfully dinked over the goalkeeper.
However credit to Pitstone they didn’t let the 2-0 lead that Grendon possesed faze them because they went up the other end and nearly scored as Keiran Dought fired wide.
The reds continued their mini spell of pressure when Hall found some space but was smarty blocked by Jack Ronson.
Grendon still fortunate to still be 2-0 up this point.
Another hopeful effort by Pitstone but once again found the gloves of Cox.
Adam tricked his way past the Pitstone defender and completely leaves him for dead which allowed him to square to Joe Walls, who grabbed his second of the game. A quality move by the visitors. 3-0.
A spell of dominance by Grendon followed. Andrew Hinds picked up the ball from the resulting Pitstone corner and fired a wonderful pinpoint crossfield ball to Adam, who is in the thick of the action once again, as he fizzed a low ball across the Reds six yard box that found Dan Ciucia at the back post who slotted in to make it 4-0 to the Rangers.
The first half ended with Grendon 4-0 up and being deserved winners of the game so far with spells of complete domination and eye catching football. No doubt that Steve Jackman should be thrilled with his team’s performance.
A scrappy start to the second half with Pitstone having the early exchanges with a shot blazed over the bar by Aiden Donton.
A floated ball was lofted in from the flank with James Cox and Mitch Hamilton challenging in the air but Hamilton came out on top and all he had to do was square to the waiting Alfie Hall who placed in the bottom left corner. 4-1 but a lifeline for the reds.
Hall the Pitstone and Ivinghoe danger man weaved through a couple Grendon challenges and tried his luck as his shot is deflected, wrong footing Cox as it trickled in. 4-2 and Grendon now looked under pressure after their display in the first half. But all credit to Pitstone not being defeated at half time and coming out to play some cracking football.
Now it was the turn of the Grendon danger man Adam to show his talents, dancing past the reds backline but followed by a tame shot. A real shame as the run deserved the end product to go with. A corner in the last 10 minutes of the game was the changing point as Mitch Hamilton whipped in and a smashed shot from the six yard box prompted an unbelievable reflex save by Cox to keep the deficit at two goals. If that went in then it would have been a nervy ending for the yellows.
Late on and Pitstone get desperate to score, Kieran Dought was adjudged to have punched the ball into the back of the net with the goal being disallowed and resulting in a second yellow for the number nine.
With that being the last action of the game Grendon came out 4-2 winners in which was a gripping match and a fantastic spectacle. The second half was ultimately Pistone’s with them having the majority of chances and the ball but Grendon’s first half performance was too hot to handle for the hosts. All in all a game that had everything and did not fail to impress.