Full report: Solitary Standen strike leads Hatfield to victory
PUBLISHED: 17:05 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009
HATFIELD Town had two players sent off but still battled to a magnificent 1-0 win at Crawley Green with nine men. Town had both Daniel Staples and Barrie Chamberlain dismissed against tough opponents on a windswept afternoon at Barton s ground. However, s
HATFIELD Town had two players sent off but still battled to a magnificent 1-0 win at Crawley Green with nine men.
Town had both Daniel Staples and Barrie Chamberlain dismissed against tough opponents on a windswept afternoon at Barton's ground.
However, skipper Martin Standen's solitary goal was just enough for Trevor Lloyd's men to secure the Spartan South Midlands League Division One points.
The Blueboys played some great attacking football and their passing and vision was superb.
David Reade and Neil Doctor were outstanding, with Standen in command in midfield.
Crawley fought hard, particularly in defence, and kept the Town attack at bay for long periods.
Daniel Staples and Rhys Lawrence combined well up top for the visitors.
Blueboys keeper Sam Lacey held everything that came his way, and was faultless throughout the game.
Gary Coley, Richard Cooke and John McGrandles were back to their very best at the back and kept any Crawley threats to a minimum with some strong defending.
It should have been only a matter of time until Hatfield scored, but as often happens the interval came and it was still goalless.
Playing against the wind and the slope didn't seem to bother the Town in the second half and they again played some good football.
But it was the two defences that were in command and there was the chance of a stalemate looming.
When Staples was sent off after 68 minutes for a second booking, Hatfield, under the captaincy of an inspirational Standen rolled up their sleeves and went looking for the winner.
Some great interplay between Trevor Golder and Standen saw the skipper score a superb solo effort on 76 minutes, underlining his undoubted talent.
The industrious midfielder controlled a pass through from Golder, jinked past two Crawley Green defenders and dinked a delightful effort over the advancing keeper.
The hosts did not just sit back, and began to attack Town but the visitors' defence was solid.
Substitute Barrie Chamberlain was then given his marching orders after kicking out at a home player.
But the Hatfield spirit really came to the fore and it was difficult to tell which team had only nine men.
Crawley saw an opportunity and the ball did skid past the goal on one occasion, but Hatfield held out for a tremendous victory under the circumstances.
The Mortgage Centre man-of-the-match was Martin Standen.
Lloyd's battlers are scheduled to host Harpenden Town tomorrow (Wednesday) night, weather permitting.