Hatfield Town exit Herts Charity Shield after Colney Heath defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:57 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:50 07 August 2013

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HATFIELD Town are out of the Herts Charity Shield at the first hurdle after a 4-0 home defeat against Colney Heath last night (Tuesday).

For 45 minutes of the game, the only difference between the sides was Aaron Clarke’s 23rd minute goal, as a much-changed Hatfield side equipped themselves well against a team who look a good bet for a strong season.

However that all changed in the second half, with Heath looking that bit sharper and fitter, and although the 4-0 scoreline was somewhat harsh on Hatfield, the visitors thoroughly deserved the victory.

Clarke bagged a second, and further goals from ex-Welwyn Garden City winger Kieran Weekes and old boy Martin Standen, from the penalty spot, ensured it was Colney Heath who progressed in the competition.

The victors featured four ex-Hatfield players in their starting 11; Ross Gilbert, Jay Welsh, Martin Standen and John McGrandles, with another four on the bench; Dan Staples, Rhys Lawrence, Matt Standen and Terry Caswell.

But it was ex-Citizen Weekes who impressed most, looking calm and assured on the ball, with his pace and trickery often too much for the Hatfield full-backs.

Hatfield now look towards the season opener in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division when they travel to take on Hertford Town on Saturday.

Boss Micky Nathan will be hoping to see some improvement after a disappointing cup exit at The Gosling Stadium.


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