Hatfield impressive in Berkhamsted victory

PUBLISHED: 11:08 25 October 2012

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HATFIELD Town gave themselves a huge boost on Saturday with a convincing win at Berkhamsted on Saturday.

Their start could not have been better as Chris Webb scored in the first minute to open the scoring. This seemed to inspire Hatfield, and recent new signing Rhys Lawrence struck the crossbar with a shot.

Two minutes later Jay Welsh whipped a cross in from the left which required the Berkhamsted keeper to make a full stretch save to keep the Blueboys out.

Hatfield were given a warning after 15 minutes when Jack Coombs, another new signing for Hatfield, was deemed to have fouled. Thankfully for Hatfield, the Berko freekick smashed against the crossbar.

Two minutes later Coombs was able to make amends when he scored Hatfield’s second to double the lead.

However, the two goal lead was only to last for a short time as Hatfield were broken open in defence and Lewis Pritchard was able to score for Berko to halve the deficit.

Hatfield have been known to struggle under pressure, but the recent spate of signings seem to have given the club a new strength, and so it showed again.

First a cross from Webb found Coombs whose powerful header was only just tipped over the bar, and then soon after a 25 yard half-volley screamer from last season’s top scorer Welsh had the Berko keeper completely beaten and reinstated the two goal lead.

As the half-time whistle blew Hatfield manager Mike Hollister must have been pleased with the performance of the lads, and must have been keen to ensure they returned in the second half with the same attitude. At the start of the second half they did when Welsh headed over a freekick.

However, the game evened up and Berko created some clear chances, with Micky Nathan and George Saunders making defensive clearances, while a diving header was just missed.

Sean Sawyer was brought on late in the game to shore up the defence, but thankfully for Hatfield Matt Hoges was able to put the game beyond doubt in the 84th through a penalty.

Jack Evans, who only signed on Thursday, had a run out for the last few minutes as the game ran to its conclusion.

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