Hatfield Town left feeling Green after late sucker-punch

PUBLISHED: 09:20 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 09:41 19 October 2011

Terry Caswell had put Hatfield into the lead against Leverstock (Picture by ALAN UPSON)

Terry Caswell had put Hatfield into the lead against Leverstock (Picture by ALAN UPSON)

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HATFIELD Town came within seconds of defeating Leverstock Green last night (Tuesday) in the South Midlands Challenge Trophy second round - only to end up on the end of a harsh 3-1 scoreline.

A Terry Caswell goal after 27 minutes looked to have sent the Blueboys through in the competition as the game moved further into injury-time.

But cruelly in the 92nd minute Leverstock equalised through Adam Hallissey to send the game into extra-time.

Visibly deflated from conceding such a heartbreaking goal, Hatfield then went on to concede twice more towards the end of the first period of extra-time.

First regular centre-half Louis West, who had been thrust on by the Leverstock boss up front to grab a goal did just that when he outpaced the Blueboys’ defence and slotted past Hatfield custodian Sam Lacey.

Then Hallissey added his second, running onto a pass from Paul Insley to shoot home for 3-1.

It could have been a very different outcome had Trevor Golder not seen his penalty saved in the 71st minute following a foul by the Green keeper on Jason Caswell in the box.

The only sour note of the night was the sending off of Ben Butler four minutes from time, receiving a second yellow card for dissent having earlier been booked for a foul.

But despite exiting the competition, there will have been plenty of positives for Town boss Darryn Stewart to take from the clash following a tough few games in the league.

And there was a welcome return to the starting XI for the Gary Coley after a few months absence.


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