Hatfield Town face up to relegation after heavy defeat to AFC Dunstable

17:23 17 April 2012

Captain Terry Caswell made a welcome start for Hatfield Town - but even he couldn

Captain Terry Caswell made a welcome start for Hatfield Town - but even he couldn't save the club from being on the end of a heavy defeat (Pictures by IAN BUSH)

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HATFIELD Town are preparing for life in Division One of the SSML next season after a 6-0 defeat against AFC Dunstable effectively sealed their relegation from the Premier Division.

The Blueboys now find themselves six points from safety with just two games remaining, with a 31-goal swing needed for them to finish above Holmer Green.

And that’s hoping Green lose their final two games, which following their 1-0 victory on Saturday against Harefield United, is by no means a certainty.

Hanwell Town look like joining Hatfield in the second tier next season, after their 2-1 defeat to Colney Heath saw them remain on the same number of points as the Blueboys, 28. They will need to turnaround a goal swing of 15 in the final couple of games.

The first half against AFC Dunstable was a cagey affair. The Bedfordshire outfit, third in the league, had recently dropped out of the title race with Dunstable Town and Royston Town, and although they played constructive football, the lack or urgency in their game showed.

Hatfield however, played some good quality football, with Trevor Golder orchestrating the midfield to great effect. The defence were solid and organised in their approach and limited AFC Dunstable to speculative long range efforts, none of which troubled Sam Lacey.

At the end of the first half Hatfield were the happier team and looked good to push on in the second half.

The second period started much the same, no clear chances to either team, as the draw started to look more likely.

However, on the 62nd minute disaster struck as a header from a goal-kick put Terry Billy through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball past Lacey to open the scoring.

Hatfield battled knowing that they needed a goal, but six minutes later BJ Christie scored the second and Hatfield heads dropped.

AFC were to strike four more times to take the scoreline from 0-0 to 0-6 in 20 minutes and, as results elsewhere confirmed, sending Hatfield to almost certain relegation from the Premier League.

For reaction to Hatfield facing up to life in Division One next season, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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