Full Report: Hatfield Town lose cracking game at New Bradwell

PUBLISHED: 12:42 30 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

Hatfield Town captain Martin Standen

Hatfield Town captain Martin Standen

Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division One New Bradwell St Peter 4 Hatfield Town 2 HATFIELD Town lost a six-goal Christmas cracker at New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday. The Blueboys were on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat against their hosts in Divi

Lewis Owen scored for Hatfield at New Bradwell St Peter

Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division One

New Bradwell St Peter 4 Hatfield Town 2

HATFIELD Town lost a six-goal Christmas cracker at New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday.

The Blueboys were on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat against their hosts in Division One of the Spartan South Midlands Football League.

Trevor Lloyd's men were two behind until second-half goals from captain Martin Standen and Lewis Owen levelled things up at 2-2.

However, two late strikes from New Bradwell secured them the three points and Hatfield slipped to fourth place as a result of the defeat.

It was a bitterly cold and windy afternoon in Milton Keynes on Saturday, but both sides served up a good game of entertaining football which Hatfield could have won had they taken all their chances.

Playing with the wind and slope, the Town took control from the beginning, inspired by Standen.

Chance after chance went begging and Hatfield were punished on 24 minutes when the home side took advantage of a defensive mix-up and the ball slipped into the net off the head of Greg Tite, who knew very little about it.

It looked like it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for the visitors when a Town effort crossed the line but a goal wasn't awarded.

New Bradwell went two up on 65 minutes when Adam Castagnetti broke clear and netted for the hosts.

Then came a purple patch from the Blueboys, led by Mortgage Centre man of the match Standen.

Hatfield upped a gear and the ever-alert Standen scored a brilliant goal to reduce the deficit.

That was followed on 76 minutes by an unstoppable shot from Owen to square the game at 2-2.

Trevor Golder was fouled well inside the area, but again the officials decided that it was outside and awarded a free-kick.

Two goals in the closing minutes then ruined Hatfield's Christmas.

O'Farrell's cross went in off the post on 84 minutes in the swirling wind past a despairing Sam Lacey.

As Hatfield went for the equaliser, they left gaps at the back and right on the final whistle Castagnetti scored again to make it 4-2.

Apart from Standen, there were also good performances by Richard Cooke, Gary Coley and the superb Neil Doctor.


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