Full report: Upson treble sees Hatfield Town Youth finish top
PUBLISHED: 10:19 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
JAMES Upson scored the perfect hat-trick as Hatfield Town Youth clinched the MHRML Under-18 title. He bagged a treble as his side thumped Potters Bar Crusaders 6-2 to become champions. Upson got Hatfield off to a perfect start in the first minute. Tony Cl
JAMES Upson scored the perfect hat-trick as Hatfield Town Youth clinched the MHRML Under-18 title.
He bagged a treble as his side thumped Potters Bar Crusaders 6-2 to become champions.
Upson got Hatfield off to a perfect start in the first minute.
Tony Cleaver's through ball was only half cleared by the keeper and Upson seized upon the loose ball to slot home.
Potters Bar had a lot of early possession in the midfield but had no answer to Hatfield's quick-fire attacks.
In the 10th minute, DJ Broux went on one of his trademark dribbles through the Bar defence before rifling home low into the far corner. But five minutes later Bar were given a lifeline.
The referee saw an infringement in the Town penalty area and pointed to the spot to allow Potters Bar to pull a goal back.
This only served to spur Hatfield on and Broux sent Upson clear on the right.
He arrowed his right-foot volley between the keeper and his near post to restore Hatfield's two-goal cushion.
Alex Edwards was now beginning to dominate the midfield as Hatfield began to pile on the pressure.
Goalkeeper Luke Crane made a second- half cameo appearance as a striker.
Within five minutes he lobbed the Potters Bar keeper from 25 yards.
Upson then completed his hat-trick when Chad Phillips' goal-bound volley looped up over the keeper and Upson headed home from close range.
Potters Bar never gave up and were rewarded. A 30-yard shot dipped over substitute keeper Bruce Tahon and into the top corner.
But back came Hatfield and after sustained pressure the hard-working Matt Johnson made it 6-2 by slotting home from close range and give the champions a fitting victory.
Town finished top of the Under-18 Division, five points clear of Bengeo Tigers Siberians in second spot.
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