Draw for Hatfield in league opener at Buckingham

PUBLISHED: 18:31 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

Trevor Golder scored a free kick in the league opener

Trevor Golder scored a free kick in the league opener

Spartan South Midlands League Division One Buckingham Athletic 1 Hatfield Town 1 FOUR red cards marred Hatfield s first game back in the South Midlands League for many years, as they drew 1-1 away to Buckingham Athletic on Saturday. Whilst Hatfield were

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Buckingham Athletic 1 Hatfield Town 1

FOUR red cards marred Hatfield's first game back in the South Midlands League for many years, as they drew 1-1 away to Buckingham Athletic on Saturday.

Whilst Hatfield were the better side, a series of missed chances and a fracas which resulted in two men being dismissed from either side spoiled the occasion.

John McGrandles and Gary Coley were the sinners, with returning manager Trevor Lloyd bound to be extremely disappointed with his side's indiscipline.

Lloyd is set for a return to the dugout for Wednesday night's home tie against London Colney.

In the first half Hatfield seemed a little nervous, and it didn't help things when a brave Neil Doctor had to go off with a serious facial injury after only seven minutes.

Perhaps the resultant reshuffle unsettled the Town, but they were holding their own until a minute before the interval.

Buckingham squeezed home a somewhat lucky goal, with the ball being put away by Scott Latham after several ricochets.

Hatfield performed a lot better after the break and pushed on with Rhys Lawrence and Mortgage Centre man of the match Jason Beck outstanding.

Sam Lacey in goal was superb and the defence as a unit were in control.

When Trevor Golder scored from a free-kick with 20 minutes remaining, it looked like Hatfield would go on to snatch a deserved victory, but missed chances put paid to that.

With 11 minutes remaining there was a scuffle which resulted in both sides being reduced to nine apiece.

McGrandles was seemingly unfairly sent off, but Coley can have no complaints after appearing to strike an Athletic player.

Prutton added: "It was good that they wanted to protect each other, but Gary can have no complaints.

"It's a shame because we were on top at that point."

The Mortgage Centre man of the match was Jason Beck.

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