Hatfield are champions - virtually!

PUBLISHED: 14:41 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

Town manager Trevor Lloyd

Town manager Trevor Lloyd

METROPOLITAN Police Bushey lost last night s game to Bovingdon 2-0 to hand the championship to Hatfield – barring a minor miracle. Going into the clubs final league games respectively, the Police will have to overturn a goal difference of 25 in order to

Hatfield Town chairman Ted Collie

METROPOLITAN Police Bushey lost last night's game to Bovingdon 2-0 to hand the championship to Hatfield - barring a minor miracle.

Going into the clubs' final league games respectively, the Police will have to overturn a goal difference of 25 in order to snatch the title from Hatfield.

Following Town's 5-3 victory away to Codicote on Tuesday, coupled with Bushey's defeat last night (Wednesday), Hatfield are three points clear at the top of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Trevor Lloyd's men have a massively superior goal difference, and can now look towards next season with promotion having already been secured.

Manager Lloyd, who attended the Police's match against Bovingdon last night (Wednesday), was delighted with the way things panned out.

He said: "It was a bit tense watching the game, and it's strange been a spectator when you're used to shouting orders.

"But overall it's great news for our football club, and not bad for a team without their own ground!"

Lloyd added: "We know it will be different next year, but we have some excellent players at this club, and I know they will be able to make the step up."

It has been a fantastic year for Hatfield Town Football Club, with the success of the first team adding to a superb showing from the reserve side, who likewise have won their league.

That trophy will be presented to Gary Doctor's team on Saturday - at Bovingdon of all places!

Chairman Ted Collie echoed the positive sentiment that seems to be sweeping the club right now.

"This is great news for the town of Hatfield," said Collie.

"I think it's about time we had something to celebrate.

"It's been a great season, and Trevor (Lloyd) has done a great job.

"We knew Bovingdon were a good side, from our own experiences this season!"

The villagers have been Hatfield's bogey team this campaign. Town lost to them in the league once and in the semi-final of the Aubrey Cup.

Hatfield's application for promotion will be ratified at an AGM held in summer time, but there isn't anticipated to be any problems.

And now they can add the championship to this season's achievements, barring a scoring rampage from the Police.


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