Spartan South Midlands League Division One: Hatfield Town edge Codicote in derby

PUBLISHED: 13:51 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:51 16 August 2018

Hatfield Town edged Codicote in the local SSML derby. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Hatfield Town edged Codicote in the local SSML derby. Picture: Harry Hubbard

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Hatfield Town produced a fighting performance against Codicote to gain their first win in Spartan South Midlands League Division One this season.

However, as is to be expected in a derby clash, the 2-1 success was anything but one-way traffic.

It was fairly even in the first half, with an enthusiastic Codicote creating more of the chances.

And had it not been for Hatfield goalkeeper Jayden Dooley, who was in top form throughout, dominating his area and making some great saves, the Cod Army could have well taken the lead.

Hatfield had their chances as well, but at the interval it was goalless.

The second half saw Hatfield take more control and thanks to some great passing football from the Blueboys, they took the lead on 49 minutes.

Tyrell Samuda both created and scored it, beating two Codicote defenders down the left wing and knocking it in from distance and an acute angle.

This goal reignited the Codicote squad and they were level five minutes later after a scramble in the goal area resulted in Ben L’Honore putting the ball across the line.

The equaliser set up a frantic remainder of the game with thoroughly entertained the near 100 crowd at Hatfield’s temporary home of Cotlandswick.

And it was finally decided in the hosts’ favour four minutes from time in bizarre circumstances.

Hatfield were awarded a penalty for handball which Darren O’Brien took.

His scuffed effort was well-saved by Codicote’s keeper but cruelly for him it spun back and into the net.

There were still chances in a dramatic finale but it proved enough to cap an improved display from the Blueboys.

The Hatfield man of the match was keeper Jayden Dooley.

Hatfield have a third home game in a row when they entertain early league leaders Enfield Borough on Saturday.

Codicote are back on the road for a trip to Broadfields United.

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