Frustrating evening for Hatfield Town and manager Jason Beck as one cup final bites the dust against Ampthill

PUBLISHED: 15:50 13 February 2019

Hatfield Town player-manager Jason Beck. 

Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hatfield Town player-manager Jason Beck. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Jason Beck was left struggling for words after a frustrating evening ended with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ampthill Town.

The Blue Boys had started the game at Cotlandswick full of the confidence gained from Saturday’s victory over Hillingdon Borough, a first success under Beck’s stewardship.

But the player-manager felt his team never came close to hitting those heights over the course of the 90 minutes.

He said: “It’s hugely frustrating, 100 per cent frustrating.

“I was shouting with the boys at the end but that’s because I’ve got the hump. I’ll calm down in a little bit and when we get into the changing rooms we’ll have a proper chat but we were just second to every ball.

“It was not the same as Saturday at all.”

Two goals from Jake Kissiedu did the damage, one in either half, but Hatfield certainly had their chances to get something out of the game, even if they were down on their levels.

And Beck says they have to find that energy and desire they showed against Hillingdon once again if they are to get out of their very real relegation trouble.

He said: “At 1-0 down we were in the game and I thought we’d go on and win it.

“But it was sloppy defending for the second goal which has just killed us.

“We did [start well] but we needed that from start to finish.

“We’ve got 12 games left until the end of the season and that’s 12 cup finals.

“I keep repeating myself every week but it’s the only way we’re going to get out of this.

“We have definitely got the quality but when you’re not at the races like against Ampthill, you’re not going to get out of this.”

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