AFC Hatfield end season on a winning note
PUBLISHED: 16:39 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 16 May 2013
STEFAN Saywell ensured AFC Hatfield finished their season in style as he bagged four goals in a 5-3 victory away at Croxley Guild.
The first goal didn’t come until the 35th minute as wing-back Ray Whyte put in some great work down the left-hand side and slipped the ball to Saywell who struck home a great volley from the edge of the area.
The second half began not unexpectedly with the home side making all the early running and five minutes into the second period they equalised when slack marking let in Callum Hailey to score from close range.
Five minutes later, Hatfield nearly took the lead when Jones stopped a good shot from Saywell and the ball rebounded into the path of skipper Ade Hammill who drove narrowly wide.
On the hour, Hatfield made their first substitutions when skipper Hammill who was nursing a slight hamstring strain and Henry Otomi were replaced by Ryan Rickards and Luke Thompson.
The wind, which was in Hatfield’s favour, had noticeably picked up in the second period and with 25 minutes of the game remaining Saywell prodded the ball home to give Hatfield a 2-1 lead with his second goal of the game.
This was the start of a crazy 12 minute period in which five goals were scored.
Three minutes after Hatfield’s goal, Croxley pegged it back to 2-2 courtesy of a Paul Spicer penalty. Four minutes later, Croxley went 3-2 up through Grant Avis.
It took Hatfield just two minutes to equalise when right wing-back Phil Downton was felled in the area and Dan Zienkowicz put the penalty away with aplomb to make it 3-3.
Three minutes later, Hatfield restored their lead when a cross from Downton found Saywell at the far post who slid the ball home from a narrow angle to make it 4-3 and complete his hat-trick.
Eight minutes from time, Sunny Pal kept Hatfield in the game with a good low down save to protect their lead and with a minute remaining, Hatfield put the result beyond doubt when a cross from Jason Coughlan found Saywell again at the back post and he scored his fourth goal of the match with a header.
The man of the match award, sponsored by The Galleria, was given to Stefan Saywell for his magnificent four goals.
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