Hatfield defeated away at St Margaretsbury

PUBLISHED: 14:51 02 October 2012

HATFIELD Town failed to bounce back from a disappointing midweek Challenge Trophy exit as they lost 4-1 away at St Margaretsbury in the SSML Premier Division.

Following a 2-0 defeat to SSML Division One basement side New Bradwell St Peter, Town boss Mike Hollister will have been looking for a reaction against fellow Herts outfit St Margaretsbury.

However, it was a one-sided affair, with Matt Corran’s late consolation strike the only positive at The Recreation Ground.

Two goals apiece from Anthony Anstead and Lee Roberts sealed the victory to take the Bury up to 13 points for the season from only six games.

Looking to continue their best start to a season for many years, the Saints got off to the perfect start. Ricky Light’s first minute corner from the right caused mayhem in the visitor’s penalty area and after a succession of goalbound efforts were blocked, Anthony Anstead popped up at the near post to head the Saints into the lead.

This goal settled the Bury’s nerves and, for a spell, the Hatfield goal led a charmed life as a number of chances came and went.

However, as has happened so many times in the past, this period of domination resulted in lapses of defensive concentration that twice allowed the Hatfield strikers to break through on goal with only the keeper to beat.

Unfortunately for Hatfield, Bury’s debutant goalkeeper, Ben Bateman, deputising for the injured Matt Deamer, pulled off fine saves on both occasions to protect the Saints’ slender lead.

These let-offs, though, had the ideal effect on The Bury and they took the game to Hatfield with renewed vigour and an inspired spell of right-wing play by Davey Edmee led to two of his crosses being converted to take the Saints in at half-time with a virtually unassailable 3-0 lead.

First, Lee Roberts arrived at the back post to drive home and then Anstead cleverly slotted home to double his own personal tally.

The second half was, in truth, a bit of an anti-climax.

Hatfield had not really threatened when, with around 10 minutes left to go, they surprised The Bury with a consolation goal headed home by Matt Corran.

Once again, this galvanised the Saints into action and they came up with the perfect response when Roberts swept home at the back post after the ball had travelled across the face of the Hatfield goal.

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