Evanson heroics not enough for 10-man Hatfield Social as Sun Sports claim win
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 February 2018
Hatfield Social was the only place to be as the rest of the Herts Senior County League Division One programme was wiped out by the wet weather - but they may wish they were called off too as they lost 4-2 to Sun Sports Reserves and had a man sent off.
Social were unbeaten in three matches and looking for a good performance but in difficult playing conditions and with six regular squad players unavailable, they found life hard against a tidy and organised side.
But they began well and took the lead on six minutes, Dylan Woodford striking the ball superbly from the edge of the area low beyond the despairing dive of Luke Furlong.
But in terms of goalscoring chances created in the first period that was about it for Social as the visitors piled the pressure on and only stout defending and inspired goalkeeping from stand-in keeper Hayden Evanson kept Sun Sports at bay.
Evanson made a number of brilliant saves during the half, one from a free-kick which saw him dive full-length to tip wide, particularly eye-catching.
Two late free-kicks were also stopped by the Social keeper as Hatfield took their one-goal lead into the break.
The hosts started the second half as confidently as they had begun the first and Vinnie Davino had a chance to double their lead three minutes in but poked the ball wide from close range under pressure.
But in the space of a few minutes it all began to unravel.
The shape of the team had already been changed as Social brought on George Ansell for the injured Charlie Lloyd when goalscorer Woodford was dismissed.
They dug deep but a looping header from Joe Harwood on the hour finally found a way past Evanson.
Spurred on the visitors began to push forward in numbers and Evanson made another fine save to deflect the ball round the post.
But they finally took the lead with 20 minutes to go through George Hobson and made it three five minutes later when Lewis Crane scored.
Evanson made three more saves before Gary Wallace made it 4-1 and although a drive from the edge of the area from Ansell gave them hope, that was it.
Unsurprisingly Evanson was named man of the match for his superb display.