Cockfosters seal a seventh successive home league win

By Dominique Stafford in Football

COCKFOSTERS strengthened their grip on third place in the Spartan Premier Division table by sealing a 3-2 win at home to Wembley on Saturday.

The triumph was their seventh in a row at home in the league and was their 18th league victory of the campaign in total – matching the club record for the total number of wins in a season at Step Five of non-league football with 14 games still left to play.

Ben Hart scored twice for Cockfosters, with Emmanuel Melford-Rowe also on target on a day which saw the club receive their Spartan League team of the month award for December.

“It was another very good win against a side who had been in excellent form,” said manager Dean Barker. “We had three key players missing so that makes it an even better result.

“We started really well and went 2-0 up but then we seemed to take our foot off the gas and Wembley came back into it and equalised before half-time.

“A few words were said at the interval, and I thought we were the better side in the second half and deserved to win the game.

“For us to be third in the table at this stage of the season is unbelievable and the fact that we’ve already equalled the club record for most wins at Step Five shows just how far we’ve come.”

Cockfosters face a trip to Biggleswade United on Saturday (3pm), and Barker is expecting his side to face a tough test.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match,” he said. “Biggleswade are one of the in-form sides in the division and they beat Hertford [who lie second] on Saturday.

“But we haven’t lost in the league since October and everyone knows that they are going to have to play well if they want to stay in the team.

“Hopefully some of the guys who were missing at the weekend will be available, which will give me some tough selection decisions to make – but those are the problems you want to have as a manager.”

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