Hatfield Town boss happy with response after derby defeat

PUBLISHED: 21:57 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 21:57 07 April 2016

Charlie Payne fires in a shot

Charlie Payne fires in a shot


Kev Pearman was delighted with his side’s response to the previous weekend’s “horror show” against rivals Codicote with victory at mid-table Woodford Green.

First-half goals from the returning Jason Beck, who rejoined the Blueboys from SSML Premier Division leaders AFC Dunstable last week, and Charlie Payne ensured that Hatfield took all three points.

Manager Pearman said: “We simply had to respond from last week’s horror show against Codicote.

“The first half was good today. We scored two great goals and played some good football on a difficult pitch.

“The second half was a bit disappointing, We never got a hold of the game. It’s a huge three points though and the boys grafted and they got their reward.”

On the signings of Beck and Rhys Lawrence, he added: “It’s great to get Rhys and Jason on board. They are two top players at this level of football. They will be a great help to us going into the last few games.”

Hatfield started well, taking the game to the hosts and they were ahead on eight minutes.

Payne’s corner was not cleared and Beck thundered the ball into the top corner.

Woodford should have been level five minutes later but the striker missed a glorious chance.

The visitors doubled their lead on 35 minutes. A delightful through-ball from Lawrence found the impressive Payne who smashed home for a 2-0 half-time lead.

The second half was pretty much a non-event.

In a brief moment of interest, Hatfield should have had a penalty when Beck was fouled but it was not given.

The home side did pull a goal back with 10 minutes left to play but it was Hatfield who hung on to claim the victory, only their second away league win of the season.

Hatfield face Woodford Town again this Saturday, this time at Gosling Stadium.

Warren Vehicle Sales man of the match was Jason Beck.

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