Gallery: Four-midable Town thrash PSV

PUBLISHED: 17:28 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009

The ball just clears the PSV goal from a Hatfield free-kick

The ball just clears the PSV goal from a Hatfield free-kick

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 4 Park Street Village FC 0 PROMOTION hopefuls Hatfield Town got back to winning ways at Birchwood on Saturday. After back-to-back defeats to Bovingdon in the league and Aubrey Cup and a goalless d

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Hatfield Town 4 Park Street Village FC 0

PROMOTION hopefuls Hatfield Town got back to winning ways at Birchwood on Saturday.

After back-to-back defeats to Bovingdon in the league and Aubrey Cup and a goalless draw away to Hertford Heath, Town returned to form in style at the weekend.

Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's men took their recent frustrations out on a Park Street Village side that didn't know what hit them in the first 45 minutes.

The Premier Division points were already in Town's pocket by half-time with PSV 4-0 down at the break.

With the Herts Senior County League match switched to Hatfield's former home at Birchwood as the Herns Lane pitch in WGC was waterlogged and unplayable, Town swamped PSV under a deluge of first-half goals.

An own goal from Chris Day set the ball rolling as early as the ninth minute, the Park Street Village defender slicing a clearance into his net.

Midfielder David Reade made it 2-0 just four minutes later with a thunderbolt that gave PSV keeper Tony Kerby little chance of making a save.

Two superb goals in the space of as many minutes from Rhys Lawrence made it 4-0 to Town before the sides swapped ends.

With the points already in the bag, the second half was a mere formality for the home side.

Nevertheless, it was still one of Town's best performances of the season on home soil.

Town kicked off with the wind at their backs, which wasn't necessarily an advantage because of the fact that it was swirling and changing direction.

However, Hatfield quickly got to grips with the conditions and were soon on top.

Manager Lloyd decided on a 4-5-1 formation with Daniel Staples up front, thus releasing Lawrence to play a roving role.

The tactic worked a treat. Staples was electric and the PSV defence just couldn't cope with him.

Lawrence also had his best game in a Town shirt and was a deserving winner of the Mortgage Centre man of the match for his goal double.

There were great performances all over the pitch though.

The defence was superbly marshalled by captain Gary Coley, with Jon Nevill also impressive at the back.

John McGrandles and Jason Beck both looked sharp and Reade, Neil Doctor and Lewis Owen combined brilliantly in midfield alongside the skilful Martin Standen.

Town's early pressure was rewarded on nine minutes when Staples, Owen and Reade forced Day to concede an own goal.

Great work from Lawrence and Doctor saw the ball passed to Reade four minutes later and he blasted an unstoppable shot into the back of the net for 2-0.

Town's flowing football was then irresistible, with Lawrence running the show.

His efforts were rewarded on 37 minutes when he scored a great individual effort and made it 4-0 just a minute later.

It should have been more and the second half was much the same with Lawrence continuing to give PSV nightmares.

All that was missing in the second half were goals.

Lewis Owen had a header well saved by the PSV keeper and Lawrence nearly got his hat-trick on a couple of occasions.

The visitors did have a couple of chances, but Sam Lacey never looked like being beaten in goal.

With tomorrow night's (Wednesday) game against Standon & Puckeridge in mind, Richard Cooke replaced Beck on 66 minutes and Trevor Golder came on for Reade.

Town's strength in depth also saw Wes Awad replace star man Lawrence 11 minutes later.


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