Hatfield are on cloud nine
PUBLISHED: 12:28 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009
HATFIELD Town Youth were on cloud nine on Sunday after they breezed into the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Under-18 Shield semi-finals with a 9-3 thumping of Ware Youth Clarets for their ninth consecutive win. Town raced out of the blocks as leading score
HATFIELD Town Youth were on cloud nine on Sunday after they breezed into the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Under-18 Shield semi-finals with a 9-3 thumping of Ware Youth Clarets for their ninth consecutive win.
Town raced out of the blocks as leading scorer Bruce Tahon scored two quick goals in the first 10 minutes.
Tahon completed his hat-trick five minutes later when he volleyed home James Upson's left-wing cross.
Hatfield then became complacent and sloppy defending allowed Clarets to pull two goals back.
However, the influential Scott Brinkley spared Town's blushes when the Clarets keeper could only help his powerful free-kick into the net to give Hatfield a two-goal cushion at the break.
A half-time reshuffle tightened Hatfield's defence with Alex Brown coming on centre back.
Tahon increased Hatfield's lead with the goal of the game when he chested a long clearance down and went past three defenders before stroking the ball home.
The hard-working Tony Keast then knocked the stuffing out of Ware Youth when he volleyed home from close range.
A surging run from left back Matt Johnson was finally halted by a foul in the area and substitute Brown stepped up to slot home the penalty for his first goal of the season. Not to be outdone, Jake Woolhead opened his account for his new club with a well-struck free-kick from the edge of the area for 8-2.
Plucky Ware never gave up and capitalised on a mix-up to score a consolation goal.
Town still found time to respond with Brown scoring his second of the game after just getting his head to Woolhead's goalbound shot.