FA Cup exit for Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 16:21 14 August 2012

The Hatfield keeper makes a good save to deny a London Colney forward

The Hatfield keeper makes a good save to deny a London Colney forward


HATFIELD Town have fallen at the first hurdle in the FA Cup after a 3-0 Extra Preliminary Round defeat at the hands of London Colney on Saturday.

And as well as defeat, thoughts turned to the welfare of Jay Welsh, after the promising utility player had to be carted off by ambulance after a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Dean Bouho.

Although undoubtedly the league is the priority for manager Mike Hollister, he will have been left disappointed at the defeat at the hands of local rivals and fellow SSML Premier Division outfit London Colney.

What’s more, memory of last year’s memorable FA Cup run - where the team progressed further than they had since the 1949/50 season, the Second Round Qualifying, may well be long forgotten.

Under the guidance of joint-bosses Darryn Stewart and Kevin Pearman, the Blueboys exited at the hands of Leighton Town with a 3-0 away defeat last season having amassed £5,000 in prize money.

Colney threatened on a couple of occasions to beat the Hatfield defence using a ball over the top early on, and this pressure caused Jay Welsh to clash heads with fellow Town defender Dean Bouho.

Jay was badly injured with a gash to the head and although he was fully conscious, the sensible decision of a trip to hospital was taken.

Hatfield failed to recover from this and Matt Newman broke free of the defence and placed the ball beyond Danny Sonner in the Hatfield goal to give London Colney the lead.

Towards the end of the half Colney made it 2-0 as Jimmy Warner slotted home.

Hatfield improved after the break, with Joe Brunt looking dangerous, but on 70 minutes the third goal was scored by Russell Gallagher and the tie was put beyond Hatfield.

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