FA Cup and FA Vase on the agenda for Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 16:21 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:32 06 September 2011

Hatfield's players congratulate Jay Welsh on getting the equaliser against Enfield 1893 on Saturday

Hatfield's players congratulate Jay Welsh on getting the equaliser against Enfield 1893 on Saturday


HATFIELD Town will have to wait a little longer for a return to the league campaign as they get set for another game in a knock-out competition this Saturday.

The Blueboys are set to host Sporting Bengal United in the FA Vase First Round Qualifying on Saturday, which comes after a recent spate of FA Cup clashes.

Tonight, (Tuesday) Town are set to travel to take on Enfield 1893 in the Preliminary Round of the famous cup competition in a replay after the sides drew 1-1 at the Gosling Stadium on Saturday.

And in the round previous, Hatfield were also taken to a replay by Sawbridgeworth Town before eventually prevailing.

But Town’s joint-manager Darryn Stewart isn’t overly worried that the knock-out competition’s games are taking priority over the league at this time.

“The money from these games, especially in the FA Cup, comes in extremely handy for our club, and it would be nice if the lads get to see some of that.

“It might be a blessing actually that we haven’t had league games of late, as we have been missing some key players and have not been at full strength.

“Obviously the replays take their toll, but there are lots of league games left for us to get on a winning run.”

Jay Welsh scored the equaliser in Saturday’s clash against Essex Senior League Premier Division side Enfield 1893 at the Gosling Stadium.

Lee Benmore had put the visitors ahead after 33 minutes but Welsh’s strike with 20 minutes to go sent the tie to a replay, scheduled for tonight (Tuesday).

Welsh was later named as the Covered Roofing Supplies man of the match.

The match also saw the return of captain Terry Caswell and dominant centre-half Grant Macaree.

Saturday’s FA Vase game against Sporting Bengal United may be used by Stewart to rotate his squad, so that players can come back fit and raring to go for the following weekend’s eagerly-anticipated derby game against Colney Heath in the league.

“It may be a chance for us to give some of the lads a much-needed rest after this bunch of games,” added Stewart.

“But what these cup games have given is a chance to all the players to stake their claims for a place in the squad - long-term - for the league campaign.”

Ross Hunt made a welcome appearance from the bench, and Jordan Lewis once again put in an enthusiastic performance.

One player who won’t be in contention for at least three months is Darryl Stewart who has undergone a hernia operation.

Carl Webb could also be set for a well-deserved rest after being one of the first-team regulars so far this season.

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