Varney plays 45 minutes but Blues stung by Hornets' quickfire double
A Michael Folivi penalty and a cool finish from Mahlondo Martin separated the two sides in a match where chances were at a premium, especially in the second-half.
Luke Varney started the match for Blues, playing the first 45 minutes, as he steps up his recovery from an achilles injury which has kept him out of action this season.
Town started the better of the two sides and Varney thought he’d given the hosts the lead as he stabbed the ball into an empty net after Conor McKendry’s initial shot had rattled the post, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
That was as close as Town came to finding a goal and the Hornets took the lead soon after through Folivi, who sent Jonathan Henly the wrong way from the spot having being upended in the area by defender, Luke Woolfenden.
The lead was doubled less than 60 seconds later as Martin slotted the ball past Henly from close range having been found by Hornets’ captain, George Byers.
The quick-fire double was all that was needed to secure all points, with neither side really threatening their opposing goal in the second- half. McKendry did go the closest for Town, however, with another effort from distance which fell just wide of the target.
Town: Henly, Hammond, Kenlock, McDonnell, Woolfenden, Robinson, McKendry, Guldbrandsen (Downes, 61), Varney (Morris, 45), Ford, Henshall.