Hatfield Town boss refuses to get carried away after 5-0 victory

PUBLISHED: 18:20 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

Hatfield skipper Martin Standen

Hatfield skipper Martin Standen

HATFIELD Town manager Trevor Lloyd refused to get carried away after his side s 5-0 drubbing of Bedford FC on Saturday. Striker Daniel Staples scored a marvellous hat-trick to maintain Town s unbeaten start to the new season. But boss Lloyd remains cautio

Striker Daniel Staples netted three times on Saturday

HATFIELD Town manager Trevor Lloyd refused to get carried away after his side's 5-0 drubbing of Bedford FC on Saturday.

Striker Daniel Staples scored a marvellous hat-trick to maintain Town's unbeaten start to the new season.

But boss Lloyd remains cautious as he attempts to continue his side's progression.

"It was a brilliant hat-trick for Dan, and I'm delighted for him," said Lloyd.

"I was happy with the second-half performance, but the first half was disappointing, as we just didn't get going.

"But after we got that second goal I just couldn't see a way back for them, we managed to up the tempo, and play at the level we are used to."

He added: "We are still finding our feet at this level, and have got to be cautious going into every game.

"We haven't got a big squad, but what we do have is a lot of versatility that will be important throughout the season."

There may be some selection dilemmas on the horizon after Lloyd revealed John McGrandles' appeal against the red card he received against Buckingham in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One opener is set to fail.

He said: "We have got a letter back from Herts FA saying that in order for the appeal to be successful we would require video evidence, so it looks likely we will lose John for some games.

"It's disappointing because both our centre halves, John and Gary (Coley), will be suspended for the cup game against East Thurrock on Saturday, which is a big game.

"I'll just have to have a think about what to do, but it's not a great situation to be in with a small squad."

One player who may be forced into the back four is versatile skipper Martin Standen, who is delighted with the start his side have made to the new season.

"As long as we keep strong, and keep the squad intact, I think we can do well this season," said the inspirational midfielder.

"We don't want to lose any game, and have a never-say-die attitude where we all play for each other.

"As long as we continue keeping clean sheets and create enough chances, it should be a good season for Hatfield.

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