Gallery: Town climb top after beating Police
PUBLISHED: 16:19 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 1 Metropolitan Police Bushey 0 John Hutchinson reports from Herns Lane IT S not done yet were the words from Hatfield manager Trevor Lloyd as his side secured a vital 1-0 victory over top-of-the
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Hatfield Town 1 Metropolitan Police Bushey 0
John Hutchinson reports from Herns Lane
"IT'S not done yet" were the words from Hatfield manager Trevor Lloyd as his side secured a vital 1-0 victory over top-of-the-table rivals Metropolitan Police Bushey.
The result means that providing Hatfield win their remaining two games, and the Met Police don't overturn a massive goal difference, Town will be crowned champions of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.
Lloyd, who says the priority at the start of the season was to secure promotion, is aware that Hatfield have all but achieved that goal, with Met Police not meeting standards for promotion.
But he believes winning the league is now the aim, and Saturday's victory gives them a great chance of doing that.
"There's two games to go, so it's not over yet, but it would be great for the lads to be able to finish the season with a winners' medal, and now we have a great chance," he said.
"There is so much desire in this team; it is certainly no more than the football club deserve after a terrific season."
The first half was the predictable tight affair with both sides not wanting to lose the game.
However, Martin Standen and Trevor Golder were dominating the midfield and Hatfield were certainly playing the better passing football, with the Police relying on the counter.
Town keeper Sam Lacey was called into his first piece of action on 23 minutes.
Lacey comfortably dealt with a solo effort from visiting striker Jamie Derby, who once played his football at Herns Lane for WGC.
Just a minute later, a 25-yard effort from Golder flashed wide following a great cross-field ball by Dave Reade as Hatfield tried to test away keeper Ryan O'Grady.
The pressure of such a big game certainly got to Bushey forward Derby on 35 minutes with a shocking miss.
A lofted ball forward found the striker one-on-one with the keeper, but Lacey made a great save.
However, the ball fell straight back to the Police forward, and with the keeper grounded, he blasted over the bar, much to the delight of the home crowd.
As the sides went into the break, Hatfield were playing the better football, with Rhys Lawrence and Reade looking dangerous in the final third, but not enough clear-cut chances were being created.
The second half began with the home side pushing to get that all-important goal, and on 60 minutes they nearly got it.
In-form Rhys Lawrence picked up the ball again from an excellent pass by Reade, but he saw his shot fly wide.
Town went close again a few minutes later when Daniel Staples' header failed to test the Bushey keeper after he found himself in a great position.
Yet Town weren't to be denied, and on 64 minutes they benefited from a somewhat fortuitous goal.
Standen, putting in a man-of-the-match performance, picked up the ball 20 yards out and let fly.
With the ball arguably going off-target, it took a wicked deflection off a Police defender and wrong-footed O'Grady and went into the net.
Despite some late pressure, Hatfield defended resolutely with Lacey pulling off some fine saves, including a superb push around the post following an acrobatic effort from Bushey forward Ross Short on 70 minutes.
As the whistle blew, albeit after five minutes of injury time following lengthy treatment for Staples, the home side jumped for joy, knowing full well their championship destiny is now in their own hands.
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