Gallery: Magnificent seven for Town's title winners
PUBLISHED: 16:28 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One Bovingdon Reserves 1 Hatfield Town Reserves 7 CHAMPIONS Hatfield Town Reserves crowned a superb season with a magnificent victory at Bovingdon on Saturday. Town s second string travelled to their final
Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One
Bovingdon Reserves 1 Hatfield Town Reserves 7
CHAMPIONS Hatfield Town Reserves crowned a superb season with a magnificent victory at Bovingdon on Saturday.
Town's second string travelled to their final Herts Senior County League match in two specially chartered mini buses.
Prior to the game, Gary Doctor's men were presented with the Reserve Division One shield by league secretary Brian Smith.
And Town produced a final performance worthy of champions, destroying Bovingdon 7-1.
Reserve team manager Doctor said: "It was a fitting end to the season.
"We played like champions today and over the season as a whole I think we thoroughly deserved the title.
"I'd like to thank all the players for their efforts this season.
"I'm already looking forward to next season and I believe that we can go on to achieve even bigger things."
Town went ahead after only four minutes at Bovingdon through their first chance of the game.
Jason Caswell set up Ade Hammill following a corner and the Town striker finished from close range.
Bovingdon were level two minutes later when Mark Brazier followed up a shot saved by Town keeper Michael Vye to make it 1-1.
Hatfield didn't take long to restore their lead - just a minute in fact.
Good approach play from Jason Caswell and Martyn Wood found Jason Beck on the edge of the area and the brilliantly drilled a low shot with his right foot past the keeper to make it 2-1 to Town after only seven minutes.
Hatfield forced a succession of corners as the pressure mounted on Bovingdon.
Caswell had a shot tipped over the bar by the Bovingdon keeper and Beck, fresh from scoring four for the first team, shot wide of the post.
Two mazy runs by Beck and Caswell had the Bovingdon defence tied up in knots, but the hosts didn't give up and they rattled the bar themselves on 28 minutes.
Town, however, increased their lead five minutes before half-time.
Darryn Stewart set up Caswell, who volleyed a superb goal from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.
Two minutes later, Hammill was upended in the box and Joe Brandon slotted home the penalty to make it 4-1 to Hatfield at the break.
The home side attacked in the second half but couldn't get the breakthrough they were looking for and gradually ran out of steam.
Hatfield made three substitutions in the second half.
The injured Joe Brandon was replaced by Ryan Smith and Staples and Rob Browell came on for Steve O'Boy and Hammill.
Town made it 5-1 20 minutes into the second half when a good cross by Beck was turned in smartly by Caswell for his second of the game.
Town made it six as Staples finished from close range after a good turn and pass from Caswell.
Substitute Staples notched his second in the 89th minute after some good work by Browell to make it 7-1 to Town.
The champagne flowed after the game, as the Hatfield Town players and management celebrated their great title success.
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