Caswell hat-trick stuns Codicote

PUBLISHED: 10:15 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009

Codicote Reserves 2 Hatfield Town Reserves 4 TWO goals in the closing minutes from Jason Caswell gave him a hat-trick and handed Hatfield Town Reserves a 4-2 win over their Codicote counterparts. Strikes from Stuart Gilroy and Dean Harrison gave the home

Codicote Reserves 2 Hatfield Town Reserves 4

TWO goals in the closing minutes from Jason Caswell gave him a hat-trick and handed Hatfield Town Reserves a 4-2 win over their Codicote counterparts.

Strikes from Stuart Gilroy and Dean Harrison gave the home side a 2-1 lead at half-time, but that wasn't enough as Town ran out winners.

Hatfield welcomed back Kev White on Saturday after six weeks absent.

Codicote had former Town player Jamie Caswell in their side and he pledged before the game that his younger brother Jason, playing for Hatfield, would not score against him.

Town got off to a slow start but took the lead in the 13th minute when a through ball from Darryn Stewart enabled both Jason Caswell and Matt Standen to beat the offside trap.

Caswell's shot was saved by the keeper but Standen followed up to score his 22nd Reserve team goal of the season.

Hatfield then took control of the game until the 32nd minute when Codicote equalised with a soft goal.

A corner from the right was hit low into the box and evaded the entire Town defence and Harrison tapped in.

Codicote then took the lead on 39 minutes when Gilroy took advantage of a defensive slip to make it 2-1 at the interval.

A minute after the break, Jason Caswell missed a glorious chance to equalise following a good ball from Liam Lawrence.

Caswell then hit the bar and Martyn Wood came close with a long shot which rattled a post.

Jason Caswell curled in the leveller on the hour as Hatfield dominated the second half.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until Caswell scored his second to make it 3-2 following some good work from substitute Jack Evans.

In the last minute of the game, Caswell notched his hat-trick to make it 4-2.

Town are now only two points behind leaders Met Police, with two games in hand.

Town manager Gary Doctor said: "We made hard work of it but got the result in the end.

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