Hatfield Town crash to defeat at the Jets
PUBLISHED: 15:50 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 03 September 2013
DAN Bradford scored his first competitive goal for Hatfield Town on Saturday but couldn’t prevent his new side from falling to a 3-1 away defeat to Oxhey Jets.
The former Cheshunt frontman netted from the penalty spot on the 70-minute mark, but by that time the game had already got away from Town with Oxhey three goals to the good.
Sim Armstrong had the opening chance of the game after just five minutes when he headed just wide for the home side.
This set Jets off on a period of pressure, but a very lively Hatfield team made it an end-to-end game of speed.
In the 19th minute, Jets’ Andy Brennan chased a full 80 yards to shut down a lost cause and force a corner, Town keeper Sam Lacey, making his return to the club, knocked the ball out of play.
It was a costly error as the corner led to Jets all jumping and missing, and unfortunately Reece Lyons headed home at the back post into his own net.
That’s how it stayed up until half-time, and the visitors were very much in the game.
But Micky Nathan’s side were dealt a hammer blow only two minutes into the second period.
Ben Poulton made a superb overlap and laid in Luke Beardsworth for a super strike and a 2-0 lead.
The game was all-but wrapped up 20 minutes from time. Adam Lowton sent in a flyer which Lacey saved superbly, but Tim O’Mara was on hand to pounce on the rebound and at 3-0 Jets eased the pressure.
The referee awarded Hatfield a penalty not long after, and Bradford slotted home what would turn out to be mere consolation. Hatfield pushed hard to get back in the game, but some determined defending from the hosts ensured they collected the three points in the SSML Premier Division clash.
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