Hatfield Town hit Bedford for four

PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:30 10 January 2017

Jack Sheldrake for Hatfield

Jack Sheldrake for Hatfield


Hatfield Town boss Kev Pearman said his side’s first half display in their 4-1 SSML Division One win over Bedford on Saturday was the best in his time at the club.

Stefan Saywell hit a brace and Toby Kirkham headed in during the first half with Jack Sheldrake wrapping things up with a fourth in injury time.

Pearman, who took on the manager’s role in May 2015, said: “First half was the best we have played since I have been at the club, we created lots of chances, scoring three and missing a penalty.

“Second half Bedford changed things and played much better, they got the one before we got the fourth late on.”

The Blueboys flew out of the blocks and striker Saywell, in only his second game for the club this season, struck in the eighth and 21st minutes to put his side 2-0 up.

Toby Kirkham headed in a Darren O’Brien cross to make it 3-0 after 35 minutes.

O’Brien then missed a penalty after Kirkham had been fouled in the box five minutes before the break.

The second half saw Bedford come out strongly and they pulled a deserved goal back through Niklay Mandinga on 51 minutes.

The visitors looked for a second but could not find a way through the back-lined well marshalled by Town’s Chris Gray.

Deep in injury time Hatfield hit a fourth with a fine volley from Sheldrake.

Pearman’s side, who lost nine matches in a row during October, November and December, now seem to be back on track.

He added: “We have a squad coming together now, it’s been a struggle to get there.

“Things could not have got much worse after losing nine in a row, so now to have four wins in the last six games is great.

“Things are much better and the lads are enjoying it much more.”

Gray was named the Warren Vehicle Sales man of the match.

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