Hatfield draw a blank

PUBLISHED: 08:31 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009

Chaos in the Hertford Heath area as both Martin Standen and Daniel Staples jump for the ball

Chaos in the Hertford Heath area as both Martin Standen and Daniel Staples jump for the ball

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hertford Heath 0 Hatfield Town 0 HATFIELD Town s title chances are slipping away after dropping crucial points for the second league fixture in a row at the weekend. Saturday saw Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton s

Chris Chappel heads a goalbound effort off the line as Wes Awad and Gary Coley look on in disbelief

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Hertford Heath 0 Hatfield Town 0

HATFIELD Town's title chances are slipping away after dropping crucial points for the second league fixture in a row at the weekend.

Saturday saw Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's men held to a 0-0 draw away at Hatfield Heath.

The result came after defeats in successive weeks to Bovingdon, one coming in the Premier Division and the other in the Aubrey Cup semi-final.

Met Police are top of the table now 12 points ahead of Town.

Hatfield have two games in hand, but six points from those matches would still leave them six behind the leaders.

At the weekend Hatfield played out a goalless draw against one of the form sides in the division, Hertford Heath.

It was a windy and wet day at the Heath. However, both sides played exciting, attractive football and Hatfield were unlucky not to come out the winners.

Town boss Lloyd made some changes with Wes Awad coming into midfield, Rhys Lawrence going wide right and Jon Nevill filling in at left back in place of the injured Neil Doctor.

Forwards Martin Standen and Daniel Staples combined well up front, but despite their efforts could not break through the resolute home defence.

At the back, skipper Gary Coley was brilliant and held the line with aplomb, while keeper Sam Lacey was back to his best in goal.

Despite the away side being on top for the majority of the first 45 minutes, there were no goals at the interval.

The second half saw Hatfield press hard and the introduction of substitutes David Reade and Lewis Field gave further options with Standen moving into midfield.

He showed real quality with his touch and distribution, but despite this Hatfield still could not score.

With 12 minutes left Staples and Standen worked an opening.

Staples bore down on goal and appeared to be tripped in the box.

Shouts for a spot kick from the visitors were ignored as the referee waved play on.

Staples was in the thick of the action as he later had a shot saved, while another effort was headed off the line by a defender.

But neither he nor anyone else was able to break the deadlock.

Standen worked hard in the middle of the pitch and was named the Mortgage Centre man of the match.


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