Goals galore once again as Hatfield Social complete a league double over Sarratt
PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 15 May 2018
It was another goal-fest as Hatfield Social took on Sarratt in their last home game of the season.
Having won 4-3 away to the west Herts outfit in December, Social produced a 4-2 success this time at Birchwood Playing Fields.
They struggled in the early stages of the Herts Senior County League Division One match on a bumpy pitch allowing the visitors to get the upper hand, and goalkeeper Hayden Evanson had to keep them in the match with a number of big saves early on.
In fact, despite the final score, it took Social 20 minutes to record their first effort on goal with a George Ansell shot from distance that was comfortable for the Sarratt keeper.
But it was Ansell who opened the scoring on the half hour with another shot from distance, this one taking a big deflection before finding the net.
The second arrived eight minutes after half-time when a superb cross from the right by Dale Stewart was touched home by Charlie Lloyd.
Vinnie Davino nearly made it three five minutes later when a crashing shot rattled the post with the keeper beaten.
From here the momentum swung back to Sarratt and after a free-kick halved the deficit, the visitors equalised with 15 minutes to go.
But two minutes later Social restored their lead.
Stewart was again the provider with another cross from the right, James Wheeler the lucky recipient this time as he slid in at the far post for 3-2.
For the second time in the half Social hit the woodwork, Josh Francis’s header bouncing off the bar but the clinching fourth goal did finally come five minutes from time.
Man of the match Lloyd got it, his second of the game, this time from the penalty spot.
It was an accomplished performance by Social who undoubtedly deserved the three points.
A few days earlier Social had taken on Hadley Reserves in a game that finished in a rare 0-0.
That said it was still a highly entertaining affair that kept the fans excited.
Debutant Jack Lewis was a constant menace to the Hadley defence and was just missing a slice of luck in front of goal.
Hadley pressed after the break but the league’s high flyers couldn’t get past the athletic Evanson.