Full report: Hatfield defeat London Colney to take derby spoils
PUBLISHED: 12:14 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Division One London Colney 0 Hatfield Town 2 HATFIELD Town took the derby spoils after a superb team performance saw them defeat London Colney 2-0 on Tuesday night. The large Town travelling fan contingent saw the visitors t
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
London Colney 0 Hatfield Town 2
HATFIELD Town took the derby spoils after a superb team performance saw them defeat London Colney 2-0 on Tuesday night.
The large Town travelling fan contingent saw the visitors tactually outwit the hosts in a tense and highly contested game.
With the aid of the slope Colney tried hard to put Trevor Lloyd's side to the sword in the first half, but solid defending saw the Town thwart everything that was thrown at them.
Sam Lacey was in inspired form and the rest of the defence was working as a unit and covering well for each other.
The midfield led by the ever-active skipper Martin Standen were also playing their part and young Jack Evans shone in the middle with his pace and tackling.
The truth is that all the side played their part, and everyone can be pleased with their contribution towards securing the three points.
Up front Lewis Field was magnificently aided by Daniel Staples who was back to his best form.
As the first half wore on, Hatfield got more into the game with Neil Doctor and David Reade pushing up in support, causing Colney real problems.
By the interval the Town were on top and although it was goalless the visitors had every reason to be optimistic.
Playing with the slope Hatfield started the second period in attacking mode.
Field and Staples were firing on all cylinders, with the former playing his heart out with skill and determination.
The football was flowing with Evans being creative and supportive to the front men.
On 65 minutes a delightful cross from Field saw Staples head a wonderful flighted ball into the corner of the net, giving the home keeper no chance.
On 81 minutes Field collected the ball and headed for goal.
He beat four defenders, and had only one thought in his mind as his sweet left-foot shot rifled into the corner of the net.
Lewis dedicated that goal to the memory of his granddad who had passed away a few days earlier.
Hatfield continued to press right to the end and ran out worthy winners to maintain their promotion challenge in Division One of the South Midlands League.
Jack Evans was named the Mortgage Centre man of the match.
Afterwards, chairman Ted Collie said: "I was very impressed by Trevor Lloyd and his astute tactical awareness.
"He knew that London Colney would make a big effort in the first period, and he catered for this with well-organised defending.
"In the second half the emphasis was changed to an attacking mode, with great success.