SSML Division One: Poor start all round as Hatfield Town suffer at Risborough Rangers

PUBLISHED: 15:40 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 06 August 2018

Jack Sheldrake for Hatfield

Jack Sheldrake for Hatfield

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A dreadful opening spell meant a depleted Hatfield Town squad got their Spartan South Midlands League Division One season off to a disappointing start with a 4-0 loss at Risborough Rangers.

Hatfield Town's Steve Newton. Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town's Steve Newton. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Missing five or six regulars because of work and other commitments, the Blueboys got the tough encounter they expected.

They weren’t helped by being 3-0 down after just nine minutes, poor defensive play being responsible and leaving keeper Zak Galatia completely without blame.

But to their credit Hatfield regrouped and the remainder of the game was far more even and only a lack of firepower up front caused Hatfield not to score.

Steve Newton and Jack Sheldrake worked tirelessly in defence and the introduction of Louie Benjamin up front in the second half gave hope for the future.

A fourth goal came on 65 minutes but with players back, a better performance for Hatfield should come on their trip to Bedford on Saturday.

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