Hatfield Town record overdue win as relegation battle starts in earnest

PUBLISHED: 15:03 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:03 11 February 2019

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough. Hatfield Town celebrate another goal against Hillingdon Borough. 

Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough. Hatfield Town celebrate another goal against Hillingdon Borough. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Hatfield Town recorded a long-overdue first win under Jason Beck and the new manager has warned the rest of the league - this is just the beginning.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The 4-2 success over Hillingdon Borough was only the club’s second win in Spartan South Midlands Division One this season and the first in eight attempts under Beck.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But the player-manager, who led the way with a hat-trick, says the performance shows Hatfield are back and still fighting for their lives in the league.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He said: “It’s been coming and I can’t fault anybody. They grafted for each other and put in a shift on a shocking pitch.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“Well played to Hillingdon but we’ll kick on now. There are still 39 points up for grabs. Let’s have a go now.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough .

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough . Picture: Karyn Haddon

“I’m buzzing for the lads. That’s what it’s all about.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We knew what we were up against and we mixed it well with them.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“The old Hatfield was out there and we must stay like that now.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We have to stick together and just try and fight our way out of this.”

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hillingdon had arrived at Cotlandswick lying in sixth place and both teams had chances in the opening stages, Matt Noot forcing a low save from the Borough keeper.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And it was Hatfield who scored first, Max Jessop and Beck combining for Aaron Diviney to slot into the bottom corner.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town when tempers flared between the teams.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town when tempers flared between the teams. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And they kept the pressure on with a second on the half hour.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Rhys Shirley-Clarke was the provider with a whipped cross giving Beck his first of the day.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Aaron Diviney in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hillingdon replied five minutes from the break to halve the gap but when half-time arrived the Blue Boys had another goal, with Shirley-Clarke and Beck giving a repeat of number two.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck in action for Hatfield Town.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck in action for Hatfield Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Any thoughts of a comeback were dispelled five minutes after the restart.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Jason Beck celebrates scoring for Hatfield Town 4-1. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Noot raced clear and although his effort from the edge of the box was well saved the rebound fell perfectly for Beck to complete his treble.

Hatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town when tempers flared between the teams.

Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Town V Hillingdon Borough - Matt Noot in action for Hatfield Town when tempers flared between the teams. Picture: Karyn Haddon

There would be a second for the visitors on 72 minutes but by that time the fight had gone out of the game and with Glenn Draper marshaling the defence. Town secured the vital win.

The game marked the first in a run of six straight home games.

They are in action again tomorrow (Tuesday) against Ampthill Town before hosting Winslow United seven days later.

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