Stotfold tame the Tigers

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Stotfold returned from London having tamed the Tigers 3-1 in the SSML Premier Division on Saturday.

The Eagles had the better of the early exchanges with out quite finding the final ball in the final third. A couple of speculative long range efforts from Theo Swaine and Ben L’honore was as good as it got.

Then on 20 minutes a mix up in the Tigers back line left an easy finish for Kumarnie Scarlett who slotted home into the bottom left corner from close range.

With their tails up Stotfold were pressing high up the field and three minutes later wide man Mark Ellis swung in a cross from the left, and Drew Cardines flicked on for Theo Swaine to to meet on the volley and smash home for 2-0.

Almost immediately from the restart a Tigers drive straight down the middle caught the Stotfold back line square and as the hosts drove through the middle Skipper Ryan Ellis gave the centre forward the slightest of nudges. He went down, resulting in a penalty and red card for Ryan, and the spot kick was slotted into the bottom corner despite Adam Harpur going the right way .

They were down to 10 men but were defiantly the better team and in the ascendancy into half time.

Into the second half and a few very strange decisions from the ref had the Stotfold players scratching their heads, causing dissent in the ranks and a temporary loss of concentration as the 11 Tigers pressed the Stotfold 10 deep.

Harpur was called into action with two outstanding saves but Stotfold soaked up the pressure and tried to counter where possible with Theo Swaine ploughing a lone furrow up front but feeding on scraps.

On 65 mins Jake Long was introduced for Michael Simpson at right full back and with 17 minutes left Stotfold got the cushion they was looking for. An innocuous looking straight free kick from Ben L’honore saw Kumarnie Scarlett get across the front of the Tigers keeper to get the slightest of flicks into the bottom corner. That made it 3-1 and gave them breathing space.

Then the Tigers no 9 then saw straight red after a flick out to even up the numbers after Stotfold had played 55 minutes with 10. Despite loads of endeavour from London Tigers for the last 10 minutes Stotfold stood firm as a team for a well deserved three points