Gallery: Staples nails Bedford with hat-trick
PUBLISHED: 14:09 25 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Division One Hatfield Town 5 Bedford FC 0 DANIEL Staples smashed his first hat-trick in a Hatfield Town shirt as he helped his team to a crushing 5-0 victory at home to Bedford on Saturday. Striker Staples terrorised the Bed
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Hatfield Town 5 Bedford FC 0
DANIEL Staples smashed his first hat-trick in a Hatfield Town shirt as he helped his team to a crushing 5-0 victory at home to Bedford on Saturday.
Striker Staples terrorised the Bedford defence all game, and was understandably delighted with his performance.
Speaking to the WHT after the match, he said: "I'm over the moon with my first ever hat-trick for Hatfield Town.
"We took a while to settle, but once we started playing the ball it was comfortable and in truth it could have been a bigger scoreline.
"I'm obviously delighted with a hat-trick, but the midfielders here are brilliant and create opportunities all day long, so credit to them really."
The early stages of the game saw both teams competing well, and the visitors were effective in stopping Hatfield playing the passing game they are known for.
However, Trevor Lloyd's men took the lead in the 15th minute when a lofted ball forward from Lewis Owen was misjudged by the Bedford centre halves, leaving Staples to race clear and slot home his first of the afternoon.
The former Colney Heath hitman was looking in confident mood, with his touch and movement bamboozling the away defence time and time again.
Town would have been pleased with the scoreline, if not the performance, at half-time, with the visitors doing their utmost to disrupt Lloyd's tactics and playing style.
However, Hatfield extended their lead only a minute after the interval.
An excellent passing move resulted in the ball finding its way to Lewis Field, who had made an excellent dash into the box.
He controlled the ball superbly and blasted it to Bedford keeper Matt Jones' right-hand side to give Town a two-goal cushion.
Bedford heads then went down, and rather surprisingly they appeared to accept defeat with nearly a full half of the game to go.
Ten minutes later the killer third goal came to put the game and result to bed.
Field, giving the Bedford full back a torrid time, jinked his way down the wing and crossed for Staples in the box.
The Town striker coolly volleyed the ball past Jones and into the net.
It was now a question of how many Hatfield would score as the confidence seeped from the visitors.
Lloyd, realising the game was all but won, introduced substitutes Louis Evans, Neil Doctor and Trevor Golder from the bench, choosing to give captain Martin Standen, the pacy Lewis Owen and David Reade a well deserved rest.
The home side continued to look dangerous as the game wore on, with the replacements looking sharp and eager to give Lloyd a welcome selection headache for Wednesday's trip to Sport London e Benfica.
The only surprise was that it took Hatfield till two minutes from time to score their fourth of the game.
Jason Beck, who was the perfect foil for Staples all game, got his name on the scoresheet when he cut in from the left, turned the full back and blasted past Bedford custodian Jones to add some gloss to the scoreline.
The victory was made all the sweeter in the 90th minute when Mortgage Centre man of the match Staples capped an impressive performance by planting a header firmly past Jones from another Lewis Field cross.
That rounded off a superb team performance and complete the forward's hat-trick.
Staples added: "The second half we were more relaxed and got the ball moving a lot better, the lads did really well today.
"The sky's the limit for this club. I think a good season would be to finish fifth or sixth, but there's no reason why we can't do even better than that.
"I enjoy the way we play football here and we always create a lot of chances.
"I feel we can progress further and think we can adjust well after coming up from the Herts Senior County League."
Hatfield will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2008/09 season when they travel to London on Wednesday night to take on Sport London e Benfica.