Hatfield Town boss is sure things will ‘click’ into place

PUBLISHED: 17:27 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:30 08 October 2013

Tom Massey

Tom Massey


Hatfield Town failed to build on a morale-boosting midweek win when they lost 2-1 at home to Hadley on Saturday.

Ending a run of nine games without a win in all competitions, Micky Nathan’s charges had seen off Arslesey Town Reserves 3-2 away from home in the Challenge Trophy First Round last Wednesday. Tim Gbadeyan marked his debut with two goals.

But back to the bread and butter of the SSML Premier Division, there was another setback for Town as they lost out to Hadley.

Former Potters Bar Town striker Jordan Watson put visitors Hadley ahead after 24 minutes, but Hatfield got themselves back into the game when Ashley Campbell netted from the penalty spot.

With only two minutes of the second half gone, Colin Metivier scored Hadley’s second and despite Hatfield dominating proceedings they failed to find the equaliser.

Not for the first time this season, Blueboys boss Nathan was left confused and disappointed as to how his side had failed to come away with anything from a game they bossed.

“I am very disappointed, and am beginning to get confused as to how we can dominate games and yet come away pointless,” said the former Hertford Town and WGC centre-half.

“It’s really starting to grate me to be honest; it is difficult to work out why this keeps happening. Maybe the players aren’t listening to instructions carefully, or maybe it’s a bit of naivety out there.

“But I am determined to stick to my guns; everyone can see it’s a lot better than last year, the players here are a lot better than last year, that’s why it’s so hard to put my finger on it at the moment.”

There is no doubt Nathan has used his contacts well to improve this season’s squad; recent acquisitions include former Potters Bar Town duo Shane Wylie and Bradley Drisdale, and ex-Aveley left winger Ade Cole.

“I lost count the number of times Bradley [Drisdale] beat their left-back and squared the ball in the box; they were just tap-ins, but we didn’t have anyone there,” added Nathan.

“There is no way we should have lost to Hadley, just like we should not have lost to Cockfosters the Saturday before. The boys have got to keep on putting the effort in, keep on listening and there will be a time when it clicks and we will move forward.”

On Saturday Hatfield host Tring, who are up the right end of the table after losing just one game so far.

Nathan added: “I am looking forward to it as I do every game, and there’s no reason why it can’t all click for us on Saturday.”

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