Hatfield Town boss remains optimistic of avoiding relegation
PUBLISHED: 17:16 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 02 April 2013
MICKY Nathan remains confident his side have enough about them to escape relegation despite late heartbreak on Saturday.
In their crunch game away at bottom-of-the-table Holmer Green, The Blueboys were 1-0 up courtesy of a Dan O’Connor goal and looking good for all three points.
But then disaster struck in the final minute as Daryl Smith, who had had an outstanding game at centre-half, clumsily bundled over a home attacker in the area, and the referee pointed to the spot.
Cue a late penalty converted and Town were denied what could be a vital three points.
Some consolation was that the draw ended a run of nine straight defeats in the league - but Nathan was still disappointed not to come away with more.
“When you’re down there and struggling, you just do not get the luck, and that was again evident against Holmer Green,” said Nathan.
“We battered them, had lots of chances that we should have converted, and then we concede a penalty at the death.
“Daryl had one minute of madness there and tripped their player who was going away from goal, which is such a shame as Daryl was absolutely outstanding all game.
“It is very frustrating and all the lads were down after the game; we knew we deserved the three points.
“But they have got to pick themselves up and go again, the talent is there, we just need to find a bit of luck along the way.”
Hatfield host Berkhamsted on Saturday, with Nathan looking at each game as ‘must win’ in his side’s battle to stay out of the bottom two places in the league.
Hatfield are second-bottom at the time of writing, four points adrift of Hertford Town who are one place above them.
“We have got to get a result against Berkhamsted. They are a good side, and we know it will be tough, but if we show the right application and desire then there is no reason why we can’t do that,” added Nathan.
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