Hatfield looking for morale-boosting win

PUBLISHED: 16:19 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Hatfield put pressure on Bovingdon last weekend

Hatfield put pressure on Bovingdon last weekend

PROMOTION hopefuls Hatfield face a crucial league battle away at Hertford Heath on Saturday. After back-to-back defeats against Bovingdon, Town desperately need a win to steady the ship. Club officials were at a loss as to why Bovingdon have managed to be

Daniel Staples in the Bovingdon box trying to fend off a strong challenge

PROMOTION hopefuls Hatfield face a crucial league battle away at Hertford Heath on Saturday.

After back-to-back defeats against Bovingdon, Town desperately need a win to steady the ship.

Club officials were at a loss as to why Bovingdon have managed to beat Hatfield twice in successive weeks.

Seven days after beating Town in the Herts Senior County League, Bovingdon did it again in the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup.

"I can only put it down to them being our bogey side," said Hatfield vice chairman Dave Mansfield.

"The tactics they adopted were somewhat difficult for our lads to come to terms with."

However, Mansfield still felt that Town had enough scoring opportunities to win the game in 90 minutes, with Hatfield's superior fitness starting to tell as the game wore on.

"We had a plethora of chances to score for the second week running, but we failed to capitalise on them," said Mansfield.

"With 20 minutes remaining we totally overran them and the shots were raining in incessantly.

"They had run so hard up to that point that, to a man, they ran out of steam and our fitness levels were the telling factor.

"Their manager even admitted to me after the game that had we found that all-important third goal, we would have won it in extra time."

A third successive defeat on Saturday will make it even more difficult for Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton to turn things around.

Town hammered Heath 6-0 away last season in the league and by the same margin in the Aubrey Cup.

They also claimed a home walkover after Heath were unable to raise a side for the return league match.

Things have been different so far this season though.

Hertford Heath held Hatfield to a 3-3 draw in the league and beat Town 2-1 in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.

That should make Saturday's return match all the more interesting.

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