Hatfield Social bag impressive home win over rivals Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 16:42 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 02 September 2016

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Hatfield Social marked their first home game of the new Herts Senior County League Premier Division season with a 4-2 win over newly-promoted Knebworth on Wednesday night.

Social got off to the perfect start eight minutes into the game when Charlie Woodward crossed for Cornell Oludeko to finish in style for a debut goal. Further pressure from the home side produced shots from both Harry Adcroft and Oludeko which went wide of the post but 20 minutes from the break James Millard made it 2-0 when he turned on the edge of the box and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner.

In the minutes running up to half-time Knebworth began to battle back and seven minutes from the interval Jack Evans beat Social’s backline with a confident finish to pull a goal back for the visitors.

For the second half, Hatfield sent on Harley Ross for an injured Millard.

Five minutes into the second period, Darryl Stewart sent a floating cross goalwards which was heading into the net but Steve Miller got the final touch with a back header to give Social a 3-1 lead.

Knebworth worked hard to get something out of the game and Social’s goalkeeper Ryan Moss made a good save from a Charlie Pratt free-kick on the hour.

Two minutes later though, Hatfield put the result beyond doubt when Oludeko scored his second goal of the game with a scorching drive to make it 4-1 to Social.

Chances continued to come for both sides and both keepers made decent saves as Moss stopped a shot from Dale Chester and Adam Burnett made a good stop to deny Oludeko a hat-trick.

Ten minutes from the end Knebworth were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Social’s penalty area which was cleverly squared to Chester who pulled one back for the visitors with a brilliant drive from distance.

In the very last minute Harry Adcroft almost made it 5-2 but his shot was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Burnett.

The man of the match award was given to Steve Miller.

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