Another trip to Hadley and another tough and narrow defeat for Hatfield Social

PUBLISHED: 13:53 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 02 March 2018

James Upson was Hatfield Social's goalscorer in their 2-1 defeat at Hadley Reserves.

James Upson was Hatfield Social's goalscorer in their 2-1 defeat at Hadley Reserves.


Hatfield Social had travelled to Barnet to play Hadley Reserves hoping for a better result than from their last visit in December when they were narrowly beaten in a high-scoring County Cup match.

Josh Francis was Hatfield Social's man of the match against Hadley Reserves.Josh Francis was Hatfield Social's man of the match against Hadley Reserves.

However, they returned disappointed again after losing 2-1.

It started poorly for Social when they conceded a penalty after just two minutes but Ryan Moss pulled off a brilliant save diving to his left to keep things level.

It wasn’t level for long though as Hadley took the lead when Social failed to clear the danger in their own penalty area and Danny Gruar atoned for his penalty miss by stabbing the ball home at the far post.

Social pressed hard for an equaliser and Solomon Dawodu had the ball in the net 10 minutes before the break but was ruled offside.

Dawodu was a constant thorn in Hadley’s side as Social began to carve out further chances with Josh Francis heading over the bar from a tight angle and Hayden Evanson and Vinnie Davino both going close.

A goalbound strike from Dawodu was then deflected for a corner but at half time it remained 1-0 to the home side.

Social started the second half with greater purpose and it was only five minutes old when Social’s best chance to equalise fell to James Upson, but although he raced clear of the defence, he fired the ball wide of the far post.

But 20 minutes in Social deservedly equalised when a shot from Charlie Lloyd from the edge of the penalty area was saved by the Hadley keeper Atalay Vural but Upson pounced to force the rebound home.

The second period was definitely entertaining as both sides looked to force a deciding goal.

Hadley were denied when Moss made a superb one-handed save to tip the ball the over the bar from a free kick and there were howls for a penalty fifteen minutes from time as Dawodu’s mazy run ended with him going down under a challenge but nothing was awarded.

But it was Hadley who struck the winner just five minutes from time as they caught Hatfield with a quick break and substitute Jessie Reynolds rifled the ball home.

There was only time for a further penalty shout from Social to be waved away before the match ended in disappointment.

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