Hatfield Town lose 15-game unbeaten run as Bedford FC prevail 2-0 in Spartan South Midlands League Division One
PUBLISHED: 16:21 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 November 2014
All good things come to an end just as league leaders Hatfield Town found out at the weekend, suffering their first loss of the season at second-placed Bedford on Saturday.
The Blueboys had enjoyed a run of 15 games unbeaten, including 13 wins, but that came to an end in Bedfordshire via goals from Ashley Fuller and Chris Johnson.
The game had undertones of bite with five bookings in this feisty affair.
With a pitch not ideal for the kind of flowing football Town had been delivering in recent weeks, they found life tough in the early stages.
Bedford forged the opener in the 37th minute.
Fuller’s shot flew through the static Hatfield defence and beyond keeper Allan Buck into the net.
The visitors immediately threw caution to the wind to grab a leveller and perhaps should have had their reward.
Town were to be denied by the referee though.
What looked a clear handball, with the assistant linesman raising his flag, was inexplicably waved on by the man in the middle.
Only after much anger from Hatfield players did he stop play to consult his assistant.
However, he stuck with his original decision and thus blew his whistle to end the first half.
Hatfield pressed for an equaliser early in the second half, but perhaps the red mist had not yet cleared as they conceded a second.
More sloppy defending allowed Johnson to skip through and double his side’s advantage.
Hatfield’s day got no better as just before the hour mark, Jason Coughlan limped off with his troublesome hamstring to be replaced by Steven Harper.
Although 2-0 down Hatfield had chances to score, but failed to convert them.
Gary Sippetts and Ben Alexander entered the fray with 18 minutes to go in a final attempt at rescuing the situation, but to no avail.
Despite the loss, Hatfield remain at the top of Spartan South Midlands League Division One, two points clear of Bedford, with a game in hand.
The Blueboys travel to Buckingham Athletic for more league action this weekend, looking to bounce back from this defeat.
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