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Real Stortford under-17 Falcons drew 3-3 with Hitchin Town Cougars to preserve unbeaten start in Mid-Herts Rural Minors League

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Real Stortford under-17 Falcons showed tremendous spirit to draw 3-3 at Hitchin Town Cougars and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

The visitors were missing six players, including their goalkeeper and three defenders, through illness and injury for the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Under-18 Division Four clash.

Falcons fell behind after a rare defensive lapse before man-of-the-match Graham Humphries, who played through the pain barrier, equalised with a fine free kick.

The visitors found themselves 3-1 down after the break, but they kept on going and levelled matters as Seb Smith netted and an opponent put through his own net from Daniel Alaezi's strike.

Real Stortford Men returned to winning ways with a 3-0 success against Ware Hurricanes in East Herts Corinthian Sunday League, Division Four.

They broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval when Jonny Nash found the net.

Real Stortford Men in their new kit
Real Stortford Men in their new kit

The Purples attacked relentlessly in the second period with Jack Stewart and Daniele Paoloni at the heart of things, and it was the former who doubled the lead.

Nash sealed the points by volleying in a goal-of-the-season contender.

Meanwhile, Keira Hider scored in Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-13 girls' 3-1 defeat at St Albans.

All three of the home team's goals in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League were tap-ins after goalkeeper Ella Draper had made excellent saves from powerful efforts.

Stortford clicked into gear with 15 minutes remaining and, soon after registering their first shot on target, Poppy Dwyer teed up Hider to net with a fine finish.

Indigo Lee was player of the match for her efforts in frustrating the St Albans attack.

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