Hatfield Town knocked out of FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 17:18 14 September 2016

Sean Mboto in action for Hatfield Town

Sean Mboto in action for Hatfield Town


Tatenda Makoni bagged a late consolation as Hatfield Town were dumped out of the FA Vase away at Woodbridge Town in first round qualifying.

The hosts began on top with Callum Sinclair’s 11th minute cross just eluding Mark Ray’s desperate lunge for the ball.

At the other end, a speculative effort after 14 minutes from Sean Mboto was on target for the visitors and Makoni’s effort shortly after just missed the goal.

Just beyond the half-hour Sinclair’s cross bounced just before reaching Hatfield keeper Ryan Pearman who did well to tip the ball over the bar.

Woodbridge eventually broke through in the 36th minute with Ray beating the offside trap and rounding the advancing keeper to net for the Woodpeckers.

Moments later he was lurking again but his shot was well saved with Sinclair seeing his rebound effort blocked on the goal-line.

Into the second half, Collins Frampton’s shot for the visitors was blocked for a corner and Mboto’s cross was headed away from danger by Jake Green as Hatfield briefly threatened.

That threat was extinguished in the 70th minute when, after a slick move involving Sinclair and George Bowman, Ray made it 2-0 with a neat finish.

Woodbridge piled on the pressure as substitute Ryan Keeble’s shot was well-saved by Pearman before Ray completed his treble as he easily beat Pearman.

The Blueboys pulled a goal back in added-time with a superb lob from Makoni but the home side made it 4-1 in the last seconds when Aaron Churchyard headed home from close range to seal a deserved win.

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