Dazzling Darryl hits a hat-trick as AFC Hatfield romp to six-goal Lemsford victory
PUBLISHED: 11:51 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 04 May 2017
AFC Hatfield finished their season off in style - by routing neighbours Lemsford at Roe Hill.
Darryl Smith led the way with a hat-trick in the 6-1 win, a result that leaves them 13th in the Herts Senior County League Division One.
Marc Arnott, Sean Mboto and Stef Saywell got the others for AFC with Jake Longergan replying for Lemsford.
Hatfield signalled their attacking intentions immediately and got on the scoresheet in the very first minute when Smith carried the ball some distance and chipped the Lemsford keeper Andrew Spencer.
Smith doubled the lead 11 minutes later but Lemsford were still battling and Dalton Fenton had to make a fine save to preserve the two-goal advantage.
However, he could do nothing to prevent Longergan pulling one back during the visitor’s best spell of the game.
Arnott hit the post for Hatfield but went one better shortly after, converting a Mboto cross for his 12th goal in nine games.
The second half began in much the same vein with AFC pushing for more goals and two minutes into the second period Smith had a header cleared off the line.
With twenty minutes remaining there still looked to be plenty more goals in the match and so it proved when Saywell made it 4-1 with his 24th goal of another productive season.
Five minutes later, Smith sent a long ball through to Mboto who drove the ball home to make it 5-1.
And five minutes from the end Smith completed his treble with a free-kick from the edge of the area.
The man-of-the-match award, sponsored by The Galleria, was given to left-back Ross Davidson for a thoroughly consistent performance all evening.
AFC will be looking for regular performances like this to try and make a promotion push next season.
#Lemsford suffered their second derby defeat of the week when they went down to FC Lemsford.
Mason Todd got the only goal in a 1-0 victory that leaves Lemsford in 10th.
They faced a trip to Ickleford last night (Tuesday) after the WHT had gone to press and finish the season off with another two away games at Broadfields on Saturday and Sun Sports Reserves on Saturday, May 13.
FC Lemsford remain second with three games to go.