Hatfield Town keeper flies in to save season
PUBLISHED: 16:38 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:38 29 April 2015
The Blueboys have certainly not had it easy this season.
Pitch problems, injuries, suspensions, goalkeepers going on holiday with three Spartan South Midlands League Divsion One fixtures to play. with no spare pair of qualified hands to deputise. It’s all been happening down at the Gosling Stadium.
After a rollercoaster campaign, it all comes down to the visit of Bedford in Hatfield’s final league game tomorrow night. A win secures a promotion place. Anything less and the glory is FC Broxbourne Borough’s.
Ashley Purser’s men had one foot in the Premier Division at 9.30pm on Monday night. Leading 1-0 through Steven Harper’s 53rd-minute goal, Town battled on, despite the dismissals of both Callum Hailey and Kieran Griffin for innocuous challenges.
Just as it looked as they had survived the Alamo, disaster struck.
That was until stand-in keeper Jack Robertson allowed a scuffed shot to dribble through him and into the net.
So near but yet so far for Town but having played 41 SSML Division One games, the manager still believes they can achieve a two finish. Although, he may think differently if regular keeper Allan Buck’s plane back from Mexico is delayed. The shotstopper is due back in Hertfordshire just two hours before Hatfield’s nail-biting decider.
Purser said: “Yes it’s going to be touch and go with the keeper but we will keep fingers crossed.
“I can’t really fault our stand-in keepers for the last two games. They’ve been brilliant but we need Bucky back in goal for this one for sure. Obviouslly it will give us a better chance of finishing the job and I think we deserve to do it now.
“We have had a lot of injury problems and players missing for large parts of the season but youth players, reserves, everyone has chipped in and helped the cause and I am delighted we are in this position with just one game to play.
“It will be a nervy but also exciting time and we hope to deliver.”
Despite just one defeat in their last 16 league matches, the majority of the good work has been done at home.
Eight wins from their past 11 games has re-established their status as the only side unbeaten at home in all three Spartan South Midlands League Divisions.
A terrific achievement but the ultimate prize is promotion.
From past experiences this season, it will certainly not be straight forward.