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A round-up of the action in Watford's Olympian League
Reed Rangers look like they mean business this season after a stunning 3-1 opening day win over the league champions of the last two seasons, Headstone Athletic.
The match was won thanks to a devastating display in the first half.
David Baxter sent up debutant Sean Plant for the opening goal after 15 minutes and just three minutes later another new signing, Dominic David, doubled the lead. Headstone applied pressure but the Reed defence stood firm and they effectively ended the game as a contest on the stroke of half-time when Dean Hammill scored with a well-taken shot from outside the area.
In the second half, the only reward Headstone had was a penalty from Anthony Ball.
Tudor Arms overcame Oxhey Park Mangans 6-3.
Tudor twice took the lead in the first half but Oxhey pegged them back both times.
However, Tudor’s greater experience showed after the break as they scored four more times.
Jack Robertson struck a hat-trick, Lee Taylor a brace and a single strike from Dan Robertson were the men on target for Arms.
Charlie May also hit a hat-trick for the home side, the third goal coming in injury time at the end of the second half, netting from the rebound after seeing his penalty initially saved.
Oxhey Rangers beat Kings Langley 4-1 although the scoreline was a little harsh on the beaten side.
Perry Waters gave Rangers the lead after only four minutes, but Langley drew level soon after thanks to a goal from Luke Everitt.
The score stayed that may until mid-way through the second half when James Berger hit a well-taken goal on his left foot from the edge of the area. Substitute Dean Purdham then a struck a quick-fire brace, and there was still time for Kings to miss a late penalty.
The clash between Bovingdon and Headstone Lions ended in a 2-2 draw after Bovingdon battled back from 2-0 down in the second half.
Chris Mowle and Joe Manfredini scored the Lions goals, while Adam Putman twice replied for their opponents.
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Brookside had to beat FC Revolution the hard way as they came from behind three times to finally run out 4-3 winners.
Peter Challis and Alex Cooper scored in the first half for Revolution with Ashley Coleman and Ashley Deffries replying for Brookside.
Lee Woodward put Revolution ahead for the third time after the break before Deffries scored again and then Jordan Cocomazzi netted with a header to put Brookside ahead for the first time.
There was late drama when in the last minute Revolution’s Neil Smith missed a penalty and the chance to take the tie to extra-time.
Like Brookside, Colne Valley Reserves also had to come from behind to overcome Inter 3-2.
Gareth Heavey and Alex Hayward had twice given Inter the lead but after veteran Scott Patterson had scored the first goal, it was left to a late strike from Lewis Jacques to take the tie into extra-time.
Five minutes from the end of the first period, Jack Barker scored the winner for Valley.
Old Danes Athletic beat league newcomers Hertfordshire Lions 4-2.
Athletic raced into a four-goal lead early in the second half thanks to a double from Ross Bennett and singles from Chris White and Ferran Battaller. But they took their foot of the pedal late in the game, allowing Lions to score twice through Tom Weaver and Dennis Fraser.
WD Athletic were made to pay for only having nine players as they were crushed 11-1 by Evergreen Olympians.
Martin Tebbs, Darren Brady, Lui Potiuk and Chris Wells all found the net twice with the other goals coming from Daniel Burke, Steve Pickering, and Dan Jones.
Pat Turner scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for WD.
Blaise Shevrington’s second-half goal was the difference between Roundbush and Radlett Road as Bush won the game by that solitary effort.
League newcomers Meriden Ballers and Woodlands United both suffered defeats.
Cassiobury Revolution beat Ballers 5-2 through goals from Darren O'Brien (2), Paul Shelock, Callum Hearn and Andrew Owusu. John Hall and Anthony Williams replied for Meriden.
Watford Labour Club overcame Woodlands 4-2 through two-goal Mark Bedford, Stuart White and Peter Hurwood. Matt Bendall and Yogi Tan were on target for Woodlands.
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