Hatfield climb table with victory over Ampthill
PUBLISHED: 11:11 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:12 25 February 2016
Hatfield Town boss Kev Pearman was full of praise for his youthful side as they beat Ampthill Town 2-0 at Gosling Stadium.
First half goals on Tuesday from Ryan North and Manny Chitongo handed the Blueboys all three points and moved them up to 15th in the SSML Division One standings.
“When we played Ampthill back in October last year, they destroyed us,” said Pearman, who had seen his side lose 4-1 at Ampthill earlier in the season.
“This was a huge win for us, we were a bit shaky in the opening 10 minutes, but we grew into the game and deservingly won.
“I keep saying it, but we’re a very young side and the boys are having to learn quickly.
“I’m seeing improvements in most games now.
“The three lads from the Onslow Academy, Jack and the two Emmanuels have been brilliant for us, they have been made to feel very welcome and I hope they continue progressing with us.”
It was a very cold night at Gosling and the game started at a high tempo.
The visitors saw a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges, but Hatfield looked solid at the back with captain Richard Cooke returning after missing the last match.
On 15 minutes Town took the lead as North whipped a free-kick in that beat everyone in the box, including the keeper, to give his side the lead.
The second goal followed quickly as Chitongo raced clear to smash home for 2-0.
The second half was very frustrating for the visitors as they did their best to come back into the game.
Substitute Emmanuel Banahene came on and nearly made in 3-0, but it was Hatfield who hung on to take a valuable three points.