Five-star Hatfield Town end three-month wait for league triumph
PUBLISHED: 22:56 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 23:06 26 November 2015
Jimmy Cook’s double and solitary efforts from Tom Mardle, Emmanuel Chitongo and substitute George Florence guided Hatfield Town to their first Spartan South Midlands League Division One victory since August 25, battering Brimsdown 5-1 at Gosling Stadium.
The visitors looked the sharper from the outset and should have gone ahead through Reece Okugbeni inside three minutes but he shot over from six yards.
Another chance, this time Pablo Pizarro flicking wide from close range, went begging for Brimsdown in the 19th minute and this seemed to light a fire under Hatfield who just four minutes later grabbed the opener.
Charlie Payne’s free-kick was nodded back across the face of goal by Toby Kirkham for Mardle to stab into an empty net.
That was how it stayed until the half-time break as Town kept the away side relatively quiet.
Knowing that a first three points since a 3-2 win over Broadfields United over three months ago was on the horizon, they came out all guns blazing after the interval and were good value for the end scoreline.
In the 51st minute Brimsdown stopper, Murat Savci, fumbled another tantalising Payne delivery and Chitongo poked home for 2-0.
Just beyond the hour it was three. Cook’s bent attempt caught an opposing defender and arrowed into the top corner.
All but assured of the win, Hatfield, and most notably Cook, were running riot. The midfielder grabbed his second 16 minutes from time, putting a boot on the end of a Kirkham cutback.
Brimsdown did manage a consolation through Fernando Ramos’ 81st minute strike, having seen keeper Ryan Pearman block his first attempt, but Florence put the cherry on top of a fine home showing three minutes from time, connecting successfully with fellow replacement Luke White’s vicious corner.
The win sees Town rise three places in the league and gives manager Kev Pearman some much-needed respite after a tough spell of results.
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