Gallery: Town do all White against champs
PUBLISHED: 17:06 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 2 Whitewebbs 0 HATFIELD Town kept the pressure on the Premier Division leaders with an uninspiring win over reigning champions Whitewebbs following a dour game on Saturday. Second-half goals from
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Hatfield Town 2 Whitewebbs 0
HATFIELD Town kept the pressure on the Premier Division leaders with an uninspiring win over reigning champions Whitewebbs following a dour game on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Daniel Staples and Trevor Golder were enough for Town to take the Herts Senior County League spoils at Herns Lane.
Striker Staples broke the deadlock six minutes after the break and Golder doubled the lead from the penalty spot 16 minutes from time.
Town are still nine points behind Premier table-toppers Metropolitan Police Bushey, but have two games in hand and a superior goal difference.
With leading scorer Dave Hewing out with a leg injury sustained in the 2-2 draw with Met Police the previous week, Town manager Trevor Lloyd brought Martin Standen in up front to partner Staples.
Hatfield were the better side in the first half but there was only one shot on target of note from either side in the opening 45 minutes.
That came when a superb strike from Staples was tipped over the crossbar by the Whitewebbs keeper.
The first half fizzled out goalless but Town didn't take long to go ahead after the break.
With Standen and Staples beginning to combine well, the home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief on 51 minutes when Town went one up.
Standen squared the ball for Staples to make no mistake with a sweet and powerful shot.
The star of the show on Saturday was an industrious Rhys Lawrence, who worked well in defending and setting up attacks.
Skipper Gary Coley was also effective in defence and Golder was tireless in midfield.
Staples was tripped in the area by Whitewebbs keeper Mark Hebden on 74 minutes and up stepped Golder, who made no mistake from the spot despite the custodian guessing the right way.
Town rang the changes a few minutes later with Lewis Owen and Richard Cooke coming on for Jason Beck and David Reade.
The home side made another substitution in the closing 10 minutes with Jon Nevill replacing Staples.
Golder thought he had scored again in the 89th minute when he hit the back of the net, only to be adjudged offside.
Whilst it was not the most impressive Town performance of the season, it was still three vital points and keeps the pressure on Met Police at the top.
Rhys Lawrence was voted Hatfield's Mortgage Centre man of the match.