Tankards revive against all odds but cannot quite make comeback for all the ages

The simple story is that Herford 7s won the first half, Tankards won the second, and Hertford won the game. Overall Hertford were a slightly younger and pacier side, and most effective when on the break. In the first half Tankards played into those strengths, frequently returning the ball to the opposition in key areas. Even so we had our moments, forcing two short corners that unfortunately came to nothing, but in general our moves tended to break down just outside the circle. By half-time the score was 3 nil to Hertford and could have been more but for the efforts of Nigel Dixon in goal. 

The re-start saw a reversal of fortunes with Tankards pressing from the off. Hertford were still dangerous on the break but much better contained this half by Ian Grammar, Jonny Ray, Robin Tullo and Patti in defence. Tim Gingell and Colin Warne largely controlled the centre midfield with Simon Holmes and Nigel S-K on the flanks. At right-mid Simon put in a man-of the-match performance that saw him in pretty much every part of the pitch at one point or another. Jim Mason, Pom and Chris Gerrard worked hard up front with Pom especially covering a lot of ground. Early pressure paid off with a well struck shot from Simon being neatly deflected into goal by Chris. Hertford successfully defended two more short corners but not the third when Tim slipped the ball left for Colin to unleash a cracking shot onto the backboard. With tails up Tankards pressed for an equaliser, but it was not to be.