Five-star Town thump Codicote

PUBLISHED: 16:21 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

HOT SHOT: Two-goal hero Daniel Staples in action for Hatfield against Codicote

HOT SHOT: Two-goal hero Daniel Staples in action for Hatfield against Codicote

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 5 Codicote 0 HATFIELD Town kept up their chase for the league title with an impressive five-star performance against Codicote. A rampant Town side outclassed their derby opponents as they hit fiv

Herts Senior County League

Premier Division

Hatfield Town 5 Codicote 0

HATFIELD Town kept up their chase for the league title with an impressive five-star performance against Codicote.

A rampant Town side outclassed their derby opponents as they hit five without reply at WGC's ground to claim their seventh consecutive league victory.

Forwards David Hewing and Daniel Staples both fired in a brace, while Lewis Field completed the scoring late on.

All eyes will now turn to this Saturday's top-of-the-table clash when second-placed Town host league leaders Met Police at Herns Lane.

A Hatfield win would leave them three points off the top spot with a game in hand over their Bushey-based rivals.

At the weekend the first half saw Town pushing the ball about and playing some great football.

Codicote for their part resisted the challenge early on.

Dan Kennoy's men showed spirit with some flashes of class and for the first 38 minutes held out.

Hatfield then stepped up a gear and took the lead after a fine run by David Reade.

The ball was crossed to Hewing and the striker scored with a low diving header.

The home defence was impressive as they kept Codicote at bay.

Scott Lacey continued his sparkling form at the back, while Richard Cooke and full back Neil Doctor were solid and skipper Gary Coley led by example.

Wes Awad was also outstanding in midfield and was supported by a hard-working Trevor Golder.

On 40 minutes good work from Field and Reade saw the ever-alert Staples slot home the second goal.

It should have been more but a Reade effort crashed off the crossbar and then the referee failed to award a penalty after a foul on Staples in the box.

Hatfield were at their best in the second half and added three to their tally.

Strikers Hewing and Staples combined well and the pair have formed a deadly partnership. Reade and Field, who were first class, supported the front duo.

Both strikers again worked together on 57 minutes and Hewing slotted home his second of the game.

Town continued to play well with Coley prompting and prodding at the back and Doctor pushing up and putting in some great crosses.

In the 65th minute, with the game already won, Golder and Cooke were replaced by substitutes Rhys Lawrence and Lewis Owen.

Four minutes later Staples made it 4-0 with his second of the game.

With the final whistle looming, Reade was replaced by the experienced Arnie Hunter, but the Town were not finished.

A scintillating run by Field saw him score a wonderful goal on 87 minutes to make the final score 5-0.

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