FA Vase pits Hatfield Town at home to Ely City

PUBLISHED: 16:19 17 October 2012

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HATFIELD Town will face Ely City in the second round of the FA Vase following a 3-1 victory away at AFC Dunstable in the competition on Saturday.

The Blueboys have been on a wretched run of form, and while the rub of the green may have not gone for them recently, performances have also been below-par.

However, that all changed on Saturday with an impressive win against fellow SSML Premier Division outfit AFC Dunstable.

Chris Webb and Matt Corran were on target for the victors, who hit traffic on their journey to Bedfordshire, but Dunstable made them work for the win after forcing an own-goal late on.

After 10 minutes, visitors Hatfield Town had the first genuine chance of the game when Matt Hodges took aim from distance and his effort whistled just over the bar.

Hatfield could not be contained for much longer though and five minutes after that initial effort, they took the lead through Corran with a delightful finish.

Hatfield continued to dominate as Dunstable struggled to get a foot in the game in front of their home crowd.

Their control of the match continued after the break, but following a series of missed chances there was a sense that their leniency in front of goal could come back to haunt them.

But, after 75 minutes, all of Town’s hard work was rewarded when they gave themselves a well-deserved two-goal lead.

Webb found himself with only the Dunstable keeper to beat and he lofted an inch-perfect chip over his head and into the net.

Dunstable’s hopes of a comeback appeared even more unlikely with five minutes remaining when they had a man sent-off but despite their numerical disadvantage, they got back in the game a minute after the dismissal through an Daniel Hollister own-goal.

The host’s brief hopes, however, were dashed in injury time when Webb grabbed his second of the game to ensure victory and FA Vase progression for Town.

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