Hatfield Town boss hopes for change in fortunes in Welwyn Garden City derby

PUBLISHED: 14:35 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 December 2014

Hatfield Town manager Ash Purser

Hatfield Town manager Ash Purser


Hatfield Town boss Ash Purser will hope his side can use the stimulant of Saturday’s derby at WGC to lift themselves after a poor defeat at the ever-improving Baldock Town.

The Blueboys, who dropped from top spot due to the heavy loss, were outfought and outplayed by the hosts, who just one week prior had disposed of new league leaders WGC in harsh fashion in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.

Baldock raced into a 2-0 lead early on but Aaron Lewis halved the disadvantage on 25 minutes.

Hatfield could not build on their foothold as the home side scored again before half-time and added two more after the break for a comfortable win.

Unsurprisingly, Purser was agitated by the abject performance.

Purser told the WHT: “ We were really stretched for players and that was one of the contributing factors to our defeat.

“We have some short-term injuries which is bad enough but they have turned into long-term issues for us and now we have to deal with them.

“Besides that, I just think we didn’t turn up and deserved to be beaten.

“Baldock are a good side and they have shown that on quite a few occasions in recent weeks, and unfortunately we were another side to be brushed aside by them.

“We have to forget about this loss now and look forward to Saturday. The boys do not need any extra motivation before this one. It’s huge and I hope we can get a result.”

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