Gallery: Hatfield maul Lions
PUBLISHED: 18:08 24 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division London Lions 0 Hatfield Town 6 JASON Beck netted a hat-trick as Town mauled London Lions. Hatfield s title-chasers hit Lions for six at Rowley Lane on Saturday to keep the pressure on Premier Division leaders M
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
London Lions 0 Hatfield Town 6
JASON Beck netted a hat-trick as Town mauled London Lions.
Hatfield's title-chasers hit Lions for six at Rowley Lane on Saturday to keep the pressure on Premier Division leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey.
Beck was Town's chief Lion tamer with a superb treble.
Daniel Staples, one half of Hatfield's formidable SAS strike force alongside Martin Standen, netted a brace, with Trevor Golder also on target from the penalty spot.
It was an outstanding team performance by Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's men as Lions had held Met Police to a draw just seven days earlier.
However, the Arkley-based team were no match for a rampant Town side that tore into them from the first minute.
The visitors settled straight away and despite the blustery conditions, produced their best performance of the season so far.
Captain Gary Coley once again controlled the defence magnificently and the midfield quartet of David Reade, Golder, hat-trick hero Beck and Lewis Owen were superb.
Up front, Standen and Staples caused panic in the Lions defence and it was no surprise when the fleet-footed Beck skipped through on the left and opened the scoring on nine minutes with a great goal.
The Barnet side had their chances, but the Town defence held firm with Richard Cooke, John McGrandles and Neil Doctor awesome at the back and when the odd ball did get through, keeper Sam Lacey was in top form in goal.
It was that man Beck who made it 2-0 on 24 minutes with a long-range effort following some great passing between Owen, Reade and Standen.
Hatfield continued to press and made it three on 33 minutes.
A pass was threaded towards the Lions goal and keeper Mike Elvey called for the ball, only to see the ever-alert Staples nick it into the corner of the net.
Reade, who had one of his best games for Town, was unlucky when his cracking shot crashed back off the bar.
Town led 3-0 at half-time and they doubled their goal tally after the break.
The second half started with the crosswind even more blustery than in the first period.
Lions had a go for the first 10 minutes but Town kept them at bay and gradually regained control of the match.
Town made it 4-0 just after the hour when good work between Standen and Beck resulted in the latter bearing down on goal.
Beck was brought down in the box and up stepped the cool-headed Golder to slot home the resultant penalty kick just inside the far post and with Elvey well beaten.
That made the game safe for the Blues, although they were playing in their red away kit on the day.
With the points in the bag, Rhys Lawrence replaced Golder on 65 minutes and three minutes later Jon Nevill came on for McGrandles. Not long after Lewis Field came on for Reade.
Despite London Lions' best efforts, Town added two more in the closing minutes. Staples added his second of the game with a piledriver on 87 minutes and within 60 seconds Beck had converted number six for his hat-trick.