Late defeat keeps Kentish Town in the drop zone

Hertford Town 2 KentIsh Town 1

A LATE Tom Oram goal denied Kentish Town a share of the spoils against Hertford Town and kept them in the bottom three of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.

James Peagram almost scored for Hertford on 14 minutes, running onto a Rob Luya through ball and appearing to be dragged back, only to see play waved on by the referee.

The same player smashed a shot into the side netting two minutes later, but he opened the scoring on 19 minutes, controlling a long ball and half- volleying into the bottom left corner.

Peagram and Alan Barker shot wide, while Town defender Jerry Lyons headed over from a corner on 41 minutes, and Ruaridh Kay also shot off target just before the interval.

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Town equalised within a minute of the restart when a scrambled effort crossed the line through a combination of Lyons’ shin and Joel Maybury’s wild attempt at a clearance.

Lee Scott came close when his shot was cleared off the goalline by Maybury, while at the other end Peagram forced Evan Byrne into a save and, from the resulting corner, Owen Beale’s corner was nodded off the line.

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To Town’s heartbreak, the home side hit their winner seven minutes from time. Oram chased down a loose ball and cut into the penalty area, and his shot proved too hot to handle for Byrne, who fumbled it into his own net.

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