Hatfield Town boss Parker left embarrassed by heavy defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:44 15 February 2011 | UPDATED: 16:46 15 February 2011
ADAM Parker has spoken of his ‘embarrassment’ after seeing his Hatfield Town side defeated 6-1 away at Kingsbury London Tigers on Saturday.
The Blueboys were 1-0 down at half-time, but four minutes into the second period levelled things up thanks to a Terry Caswell strike.
But far from pushing on to try and secure a victory, Hatfield pressed the self-destruct button and shipped another five goals to leave London empty-handed and somewhat red-faced.
Parker said: “The result was rubbish to be fair. We seemed like we gave up at 3-1 down and the simple things went out of the window.
“By the end of the game I was embarrassed, it was an embarrassment out there.
“My team, although a young side have got to be mentally strong as well as physically strong.
“I have never played in a team that capitulates like we did, and I have never managed one either.
“If we were doing that every week I would be worried, but our problem is we are inconsistent and hopefully the players can learn from their mistakes.”
Early on, Hatfield’s Gary Jones had hamstring problems and was replaced by Adrian Stevens.
This change upset the Town gameplan and Gregory Ngemo found space in the box from a corner to volley home the opening goal for the Tigers on 24 minutes.
Hatfield’s best chance was to fall to player/manager Parker. A lovely cross from Terry Caswell found Parker with some space, however his shot was mistimed and the ball dribbled to the keeper.
The Tigers then had a series of chances, with a double save by Will Norris keeping the deficit at only one goal as the teams went in for half-time.
Hatfield came out fighting in the second half and a lovely outside of the foot curling shot from Parker beat the keeper but not the crossbar.
However, they stuck to their task and on 49 minutes Lewis Rolfe’s free-kick rebounded to Terry Caswell who expertly placed his shot in the bottom right of the goal to bring the Blueboys level.
A period of end-to-end action sadly for Hatfield resulted in the Tigers catching them on the break. The defence was outpaced by Ivan Gomez Forbes and he slid the ball past keeper Will Norris to restore the Tigers’ lead on 59 minutes.
Disaster was soon to strike as Norris tried to receive a bouncing ball. His control deserted him as the ball bounced under his foot, and Tigers’ striker poked home into an empty net for 3-1.
On 89 minutes the result was sealed as Jason Beck lost the ball to Hardy Pinto Moreiro who rounded the keeper and fired the ball in to the roof of the net.
The floodgates then opened. Five minutes in to injury time a trip in the Hatfield area gave the Tigers a penalty which was duly scored by Adil Salih, and then two minutes later a mix-up in defence saw Omi Thomas make it 6-1.
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