Hatfield Town crash out of SSML League Challenge Trophy

PUBLISHED: 14:42 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:42 29 October 2015

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Two defensive errors in each half sent Hatfield Town out of the SSML League Challenge Trophy and Langford into the third round.

On a very mild Autumn night at the Gosling Stadium, Town began the brighter of the two sides.

A superb piece of skill from frontman Callum Wickham in the opening 10 minutes left the Langford defender for dead, cutting the ball back to Bruce Tahon but his shot was easily saved.

Hatfield continued to knock at the door and they thought they had taken the lead on 25 minutes.

An overhit Toby Kirkham cross looked to have beaten the Langford keeper, the ball somehow stayed out and Wickham could not react to the loose ball.

With the half drawing to a close, Town defender Gregor Mackintosh mis-controlled the ball in his own box and Langford capitalised to claim the half-time lead.

The Blueboys started the second half the brighter out of the two sides, a couple of shots from range were produced but the visitors keeper was not troubled. They did however draw level on the hour.

Tahon’s corner was not dealt with and the loose ball fell to Wickham who was on hand to stab home.

However, parity did not last long as Langford restored their lead.

A poor header back to keeper Ryan Pearman from Kirkham was cut out by the Langford winger who slotted into an empty net.

Town’s Jimmy Cook missed a glorious chance as he headed over from close-range and in the final moments of injury-time, Town were denied a penalty.

Substitute Humzan Khan was tripped in the box but no penalty was given.


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