Full report: Hatfield through to Centenary Trophy final after beating PSV
PUBLISHED: 17:46 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009
Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Semi-final Park Street Village 1 Hatfield Town 2 (after extra time) HATFIELD Town are through to the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy final after a 2-1 extra-time win against Park Street Village. Jason Caswell was the hero with
Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Semi-final
Park Street Village 1 Hatfield Town 2 (after extra time)
HATFIELD Town are through to the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy final after a 2-1 extra-time win against Park Street Village.
Jason Caswell was the hero with a goal in the first half of the additional period, which sets up a final date with Hoddesdon Town to be played at the Letchworth County Ground.
To cap an excellent week, Town also defeated promotion rivals London Colney 2-0 in the league last Tuesday night.
Of Saturday's success, delighted Hatfield boss Trevor Lloyd said: "That win is more for the boys than it is for me.
"The final will be a good day out, and I am pleased to get to a cup final this year.
"The character and desire we showed against PSV was brilliant, and it rounds of a very good week."
Apart from the first round, every game has been difficult in this Trophy, and all have been away from home, so I am very happy to get to the final."
It was a blustery day at Toulmin Drive on Saturday, with a bumpy pitch making good football difficult.
Hatfield started off in the ascendancy by trying to outplay PSV with great attacking and passing football.
The combination of a poor playing surface and superb goalkeeping by the home keeper prevented Hatfield going into the lead.
It was mainly all Town and on the rare occasion when PSV made a foray towards the Hatfield goal, the strong visiting defence held firm with John McGrandles and Gary Coley outstanding. Sam Lacey in goal for the Blueboys was again faultless.
This scenario continued until some three minutes from the interval when great work from Martin Standen and Trevor Golder saw the latter stoop to head into the goal, totally deceiving the home keeper.
It was 1-0 to Trevor Lloyd's side at the interval.
The second half was much the same, and the introduction of the young striker Jason Caswell gave Hatfield more pace up front, and it looked likely the visitors would add to their lead, but it was not to be.
Midway through the half the Town conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position and PSV scored with a swirling shot aided by the wind.
Hatfield redoubled their efforts and Caswell was causing real problems, helped by the tricky and fleet-footed Lewis Field.
It was all Hatfield pressure but the ball just would not go into the net and the teams moved into extra time.
The first period again saw Hatfield on top, and the introduction of Rhys Lawrence added some spark to the play.
It was no surprise when seven minutes into the first period Caswell slipped two defenders and slotted home with a cool finish to put Town 2-1 up.
The final period was much the same and Hatfield should have added to the score.
To be fair to PSV, they never gave up, but had little up front to cause a well-marshalled visiting defence much concern and Hatfield ended on top and were worthy winners.
Jason Caswell was named the Mortgage Centre man of the match.
Chairman Ted Collie said afterwards: "This was tricky tie, but it was another great team performance.