Gallery: Boss Lloyd sent off as Hatfield's FA Vase hopes are shattered at London Colney
PUBLISHED: 18:33 08 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009
FA Vase First Round Qualifying London Colney 5 Hatfield Town 2 MANAGER Trevor Lloyd was sent off as Hatfield Town crashed out of the FA Vase in controversial circumstances at London Colney. Lloyd was dismissed from the dugout on the hour, along with sub
FA Vase First Round Qualifying
London Colney 5 Hatfield Town 2
MANAGER Trevor Lloyd was sent off as Hatfield Town crashed out of the FA Vase in controversial circumstances at London Colney.
Lloyd was dismissed from the dugout on the hour, along with substitute striker Matt Standen, for foul and abusive language after reacting to what they felt was a poor refereeing performance.
Visitors Hatfield started brightly and winger Lewis Field forced debutant Colney goalkeeper Herve Soulard into a fine save at the near post on five minutes.
Colney, against the run of play, took the lead on 14 minutes.
A simple forward pass unlocked the Hatfield defence and Russell Gallagher raced clear to strike a precise left-foot shot across goalkeeper Nethanel Elraz into the far corner.
Field spurned a great chance to pull Hatfield level on 22 minutes when he cracked a shot across the goal and wide of the far post.
Hatfield midfielder Louis Evans then had penalty appeals waved away by the referee after he went down in the box.
Town looked certain to equalise in the 43rd minute when Evans surged clear of the vacant Colney defence but lacked composure and lashed his shot high over the crossbar.
The Cotlandswick club made Hatfield pay in first half injury time, with Gallagher sweeping the ball home.
The 2-0 deficit was harsh on Hatfield but they were in no mood to dwell on their misfortune.
Colney defender Tom Dickie was penalised twice early in the second half with the second offence, holding in the box, presenting Hatfield with a chance to score from penalty spot.
Full back Dave Reade stepped up to send Soulard the wrong way and reduce the deficit on 50 minutes.
Hatfield got themselves level just three minutes.
Rugged striker Daniel Staples shrugged off the attentions of John Beschizza and crossed to the back post and Rhys Lawrence coolly fired into the net.
The Colney support was just coming to terms with the shock when Davey burst clear of the Hatfield defence in the 54th minute and brilliantly placed his shot around Elraz and into the net to restore the lead.
The Hatfield Town bench felt the wrath of the officials just after the hour mark with both the manager and substitute Standen shown red cards for foul and abusive language.
Things got worse for the visitors as Colney increased their lead on 67 minutes with a moment of sheer brilliance.
Danslow hooked the ball forward and Davey, running away from goal with goalkeeper Elraz in pursuit, executed a sensational back flick which bamboozled the custodian and nestled into the net.
It was a truly remarkable piece of skill from the talented forward.
Davey looked set to complete a hat-trick in 20 minutes when he broke clear to pick up a through ball from the excellent Greg Shaw.
Elraz again came off his line and was beaten again as Davey bundled his way forward, only to see Reade block his shot on the line.
Unfortunately for Hatfield, the ball cruelly ricocheted off former London Colney defender Neil Doctor and landed in the net for 5-2.
London Colney will host Daventry Town in the next round after they put out WGC.