Hatfield Town exit FA Vase after Sawbridgeworth defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:42 07 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:45 07 September 2010

Andy Prutton

Andy Prutton


HATFIELD Town are out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle after falling to a 3-1 defeat away at Sawbridgeworth Town.

Andy Prutton was back from a holiday to take over the caretaker boss role from Gary Ansell and Kev Pearman, but it was an unhappy return as he saw his troops lose to their Herts rivals in the First Qualifying Round.

Hosts Sawbridgeworth were 2-0 up at the half-time interval with both goals coming from defensive errors from Hatfield.

The first came on 20 minutes when young Jay Welsh was caught in possession which led to Daryl Sydes slotting home, and the second, a minute before the interval came from Dean Godden who poked home after Blueboys custodian Sam Lacey flapped at a dangerous cross into the box.

Trevor Golder reduced arrears from the penalty spot after he himself was fouled in the area on 50 minutes.

But the game was killed off by the hosts 15 minutes from time when Sydes also netted a penalty after Rhys Lawrence was adjudged to have handled in the area.

And Prutton believes the 3-1 scoreline was not a fair justification of the game.

“I am disappointed with the result but not with the performance of our lads,” he said.

“We must have created six or seven real goalscoring opportunites, but we just couldn’t put them away.

“And our keeper Sam [Lacey] I don’t think had to make a real save all game, it was a real strange one out there.

“But I have said to the lads, sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve out there, and it was the case against Sawbridgeworth.

“We kept going all game, and at 2-1 down, I thought we would come back and win the game.

“We passed the ball much better than them, but in the end that third goal killed us.”

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