Gallery: AFC Hatfield Town claim point from first game of the year

PUBLISHED: 16:40 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

An AFC Hatfield Town player about to shoot

An AFC Hatfield Town player about to shoot

Herts Senior County League Division One AFC Hatfield Town 1 Bushey Rangers 1 FOLLOWING postponed matches over the last two weeks due to frozen pitches, AFC Hatfield Town s first game of the New Year saw them draw 1-1 at home to Bushey Rangers. Town wer

AFC Hatfield Town player-manager Darryn Stewart on the attack

Herts Senior County League Division One

AFC Hatfield Town 1 Bushey Rangers 1

FOLLOWING postponed matches over the last two weeks due to frozen pitches, AFC Hatfield Town's first game of the New Year saw them draw 1-1 at home to Bushey Rangers.

Town were looking to avenge a narrow defeat in a tight game earlier in the season.

They gave a debut to former Hatfield Town, London Colney and Codicote goalkeeper Gary Statham.

The hosts took the lead in the very first minute when a superb defence-splitting pass from Paul Jay caught the Rangers defence cold and found Omar on the edge of the box.

The Bushey keeper, Jack Macdonald, managed to get a hand to Omar's low shot but it crept into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to give Town the perfect start.

However, 10 minutes later, with Bushey pushing forward, Sean Burrows evaded the tackles of three Hatfield defenders and his cross from the left was only partially cleared and Dean Hammill rifled in the equaliser for the visitors.

On the half hour, after again being put through by Paul Jay, Omar sent a fierce shot wide of the post and the teams went in all square at the break.

Town came under considerable pressure at times in the second half but superb performances from the defence, which was marshalled by captain Jay Welsh and ably supported by Richard Mays, Sam Griffin and man-of-the-match Daniel Zienkowicz, kept Bushey Rangers at bay.

A good performance from keeper Statham, who made three very important second-half saves, also kept Hatfield in the match.

Town were restricted to a couple of good chances in the second half.

Ben McGregor sent a long shot just past the post and Omar again blasted an effort over the bar.

The game ended 1-1 after a thoroughly assured performance from the home side.

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