Gr-eight display sees Hatfield Town boys thrash Panshanger

PUBLISHED: 09:36 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Hatfield Under-18s

Hatfield Under-18s

Mid Herts Minors League Under-18 Division Panshanger Whites 0 Hatfield Town Youth 8 HATFIELD Town Youth Under-18s kept the pressure on league leaders Bengeo with a thumping 8-0 derby victory over Panshanger Whites. The recalled Anthony Cleaver got Hatfie

Ben Salmon

Mid Herts Minors League Under-18 Division

Panshanger Whites 0 Hatfield Town Youth 8

HATFIELD Town Youth Under-18s kept the pressure on league leaders Bengeo with a thumping 8-0 derby victory over Panshanger Whites.

The recalled Anthony Cleaver got Hatfield off to a dream start after 10 minutes on Sunday.

He seized on Bruce Tahon's through ball to slot confidently past the keeper.

Tahon again turned provider 10 minutes later when his cross was cleverly controlled by Dean Avery, who turned and thumped his shot into the far corner.

Panshanger never gave up and continually tried to take the game to their opponents.

Unfortunately they found Hatfield in irresistible form and were the victims of some stunning goals.

None more so than on the half hour when left-back Matt Johnson picked up a loose ball some 25-yards out.

From there he unleashed a screamer into the top corner.

Not to be outdone, James Upson rifled in another unstoppable left-foot volley into the top corner from a similar distance, giving the Panshanger keeper no chance.

Hatfield were now rampant but the Panshanger keeper can count himself unlucky when Tony Keast's free-kick took a wicked deflection before finding its way into the net for 5-0.

Panshanger had their chances and it took a brilliant goal-line clearance from Richard Albon to keep the Hatfield goal intact just before half-time.

Town understandably eased off in the second half.

That, however, didn't stop skipper Ben Salmon from scoring the goal of the game.

The captain flicked the ball up just inside the Panshanger half before striking a vicious dipping volley past the hapless keeper.

Panshanger then forced a succession of corners as they battled vainly for some reward.

But it was Hatfield who added to their tally when Upson hit a defence-splitting pass into the path of Cleaver.

He looked up before cleverly lobbing the onrushing keeper.

Hatfield then proceeded to create and miss several chances.

Their goalkeeper Luke Crane wrapped the game up from the penalty spot with his first goal of the season.

Hatfield are now a point behind the leaders with three games in hand.


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