Gallery: Bovingdon burst Town's bubble
PUBLISHED: 15:47 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Bovingdon 3 Hatfield Town 1 HATFIELD Town s 13-game unbeaten run in the league came to a surprise end on Saturday as they lost 3-1 at strugglers Bovingdon. It was evident from kick-off that the home side, despe
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Bovingdon 3 Hatfield Town 1
HATFIELD Town's 13-game unbeaten run in the league came to a surprise end on Saturday as they lost 3-1 at strugglers Bovingdon.
It was evident from kick-off that the home side, desperate for points to avoid relegation, were up for game.
The hosts used the long ball tactic, which seemed to put the title hopefuls out of their stride.
However, with Neil Doctor working hard at the back, the Town defence coped and the forwards certainly had plenty of the ball, but the visitors' finishing was not up to scratch.
Perhaps the fact that striker Martin Standen was on the bench with a foot injury unsettled them.
It was nip and tuck until Christian James saw an opportunity and slotted home a good goal to give Bovingdon the lead.
In typical Hatfield spirit, the Town upped their game and with a minute of the half remaining Daniel Staples crashed home the equaliser.
The second period was much the same and at the start it looked as though Hatfield were taking control.
A feisty Bovingdon side continued with their robust style of play and regained the lead on 57 minutes.
Craig McMahon took an opportunity and slipped Bovingdon ahead for a second time.
Standen was introduced as a replacement for Jason Beck and straight away the SAS - Standen and Staples - partnership had a couple of chances, but it was not to be.
With 12 minutes to play the result was sealed as Town gave away a silly penalty.
Keeper Sam Lacey had the ball safely in his hands when a Town defender appeared to push a Bovingdon player in the box.
A spot-kick was given that captain Mark Underwood clinically despatched.
There was no chance for Hatfield to retrieve the game as they slipped to their first defeat in the league since last October.
Defender Doctor was named Town's Mortgage Centre man of the match.
Hatfield and Bovingdon meet again on Saturday in the semi-final of the Aubrey Cup at Herns Way, 3pm kick-off.
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