Hatfield boss Ashley Purser not feeling the strain at the moment despite his side sitting as league leaders

PUBLISHED: 16:36 18 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:36 18 November 2014

Hatfield Town manager Ash Purser

Hatfield Town manager Ash Purser


Hatfield Town boss Ashley Purser says there is no pressure on his side going into Saturday’s away league clash with Bedford.

Unbeaten Town currently top SSML Division One, having won all but two of their 15 matches to date.

Hertfordshire derby rivals, WGC lie seven points behind Hatfield, but hold three games in hand while Risborough Rangers are their nearest opposition in the league, just six points adrift but having played a game more.

Purser told the WHT: “Bedford are definitely one of the tougher sides in the league and we will have to be at our best to beat them, but we have played exceptionally well so far this season so there is no reason why we can’t get all three points and move onto the next game with a spring in our step.

“They have had the disadvantage of playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday so we will not find them at their freshest so that will help us.

“Out target for the season has always been around top four because we knew that this would be a transition season so any finish near the top would be a tremendous achievement.

“I came in over the summer, brought in 16 new players

“The pressure is on others at this stage.

“Bedford and Welwyn Garden City both missed out narrowly last year so they have to try and go a step further this time around.

“Plenty of sides in the league have been surprised that we have been so consistent this season.

“The fact teams have seen our form as a “mystery” is only going to help us because it will help us keep focussed.

“We want to win every game and stay at the top of the table.”

Purser’s men were handed a two-week break from league matters due to the format of the division but the manager feels his side are not at a disadvantage.

“No game last Saturday was not ideal but we dealt with it as best we could,” he said.

“It allowed us to have some team bonding. The chairman kindly paid for us to all go and have a curry.”

Hatfield have one home encounter and three away games before their long-anticipated clash with WGC and Purser is hoping for a full squad to pick from by the time Christmas rolls around.

He said: “That will be a big game and a very testing one.They have been impressive this year.

“We have some tricky games before that of course but that is the one we are looking at and relishing.

“As with all the other sides, I would say the pressure is on WGC rather than us and we just want to play our best.”

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