FA Cup hangover still affecting Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 12:08 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:15 31 October 2011

Hatfield's Ashley Dray fires in an effort during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Oxhey Jets on Saturday

Hatfield's Ashley Dray fires in an effort during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Oxhey Jets on Saturday

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Hatfield Town joint-manager Darryn Stewart believes his side are still suffering an FA Cup hangover - over four weeks since they exited the competition.

On Saturday, Town’s miserable league campaign continued with a 3-1 home defeat to Oxhey Jets to leave them firmly rooted to the bottom of the South Midlands League Premier Division.

Back on October 1, the Blueboys fell to a 3-0 away defeat at Leighton Town to exit the FA Cup at the Third Round Qualifying stage - the furthest they had got in the competition since season 1949/50.

“Stewart said: “We had a great run in the FA Cup, and everyone was on a high.

“But after we lost at Leighton morale seems to have gone right down and that’s why we’re in the position we are in.

“I still think we have got an FA Cup hangover, and I get long hangovers but this is by the far the longest.”

Jets were 3-0 up courtesy of Ian Bywater and Lewis Putman and a Sam Lacey own-goal before Terry Caswell scored a consolation goal from a free-kick four minutes from time.

For further coverage, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.


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