Gallery: Coley stuns Police with late equaliser
PUBLISHED: 16:49 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Metropolitan Police Bushey 2 Hatfield Town 2 CAPTAIN fantastic Gary Coley headed a last-minute equaliser for Hatfield Town in their top-of-the-table clash with 10-men Metropolitan Police Bushey. Town had found
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Metropolitan Police Bushey 2 Hatfield Town 2
CAPTAIN fantastic Gary Coley headed a last-minute equaliser for Hatfield Town in their top-of-the-table clash with 10-men Metropolitan Police Bushey.
Town had found themselves two down with 35 minutes to play against the league leaders on Saturday.
Substitute Lewis Field pulled one back for Hatfield before Coley struck at the death to make it 2-2 and rescue a point.
Trevor Lloyd's second-placed Town are now nine points behind Met Police with two games in hand. The top pair have still to play each other at Herns Lane though.
From kick-off Hatfield showed they were determined to try and grab three vital Premier Division points from their hosts.
The visitors played some entertaining football right from the start and the only thing missing were goals from them.
Strikers Daniel Staples and Dave Hewing combined well up front and were ably supported by the industrious David Reade and Jason Beck.
Shots rained in on the Bushey goal, but Police keeper Ryan O'Grady was in fine form.
There was a scuffle between a few players on 30 minutes which resulted in Jack Rowley of Met Police being sent off, somewhat harshly.
Despite this, the game was played at a good standard and in the right spirit.
Hatfield striker Hewing was injured just before half-time and was replaced by Rhys Lawrence.
The second period started with the Police side's 10 men showing more determination than their opponents.
It wasn't long before they took the lead when Jamie Derby poked the ball past Sam Lacey in the Hatfield goal.
This seemed to rattle the visitors and they had to withstand wave after wave of Police attacks.
Ross Shorto fired a great goal to put the home side two up and on course for victory.
Hatfield, however, then got their act together and snatched a point.
Inspired and led by skipper Coley, Town showed the form that has left them challenging for honours on two fronts this term.
Reade and Lawrence were superb and up front Staples caused the Police defence real problems.
Substitutes John McGrandles and Field came on for Scott Lacey and Richard Cooke on the hour.
This was a telling change as less than 15 minutes later Field had scored following a jinking run and shot.
With a chance of salvaging a point, Hatfield chased the game but the home keeper was defiant and kept Town's shots at bay.
The game passed 90 minutes and into added on time and as the final whistle loomed Reade beat his marker and squared the ball.
He then picked out the onrushing Coley whose header hit the back of the net to rescue a point for his side.
Predictably the Mortgage Centre man of the match was awarded to Coley, who got Town out of jail with his late equaliser.