Hatfield come back from the dead to defeat Royston in thriller

PUBLISHED: 17:32 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 08 September 2010

Match action from Hatfield Town versus Royston Town (Picture by Kevin Richards)

Match action from Hatfield Town versus Royston Town (Picture by Kevin Richards)


Hatfield Town fought back from 2-0 down at the Gosling Stadium last night (Tuesday) to register their fifth straight win in the South Midlands Premier Division.

Terry Caswell, Martin Standen and Jason Caswell got the goals to give newly-confirmed boss Andy Prutton his first win since taking on the job full-time.

The Blueboys went 1-0 down after only three minutes when Luke Robins poked home after good work out wide from Ricky Young.

Royston totally dominated the opening half-an-hour, and it was only an inspirational Sam Lacey in goal and poor finishing that prevented more goals flying in.

However on 36 minutes the visitors got their second when Ross Collins fired in a dangerous ball into the box which unluckily hit Hatfield captain John McGrandles on the back, wrong-footed Lacey, and creeped in.

Terry Caswell pulled a goal back three minutes before the break in a period where the home side finally looked like they were getting into the game.

That goal seemed to inspire Hatfield, and the second half saw them really come out of their shells.

Tenacious midfielder Martin Standen levelled things up on 56 minutes when he got on the end of a Neil Doctor free-kick to fire past Jordan Gibson in the Royston goal.

And four minutes from the end of regulation time, rookie striker Jason Caswell showed how clinical he can be in front of goal when he got on the end of a Dan Staples knock-down to flash a half-volley into the roof of the net, to seal the remarkable comeback.

Despite the referee finding six minutes of injury time, Hatfield held on to secure an impressive victory against a previously unbeaten in the league Royston Town.

For further coverage and pictures from the game, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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