Hatfield Town skipper hopeful the Blueboys can turn their ailing league form around
PUBLISHED: 11:44 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:44 05 November 2015
Richard Cooke feels more encouraging patches like the second half at Ampthill Park on Saturday can help the Blueboys turn the corner after a disconcerting Spartan South Midlands League Division One run.
Town haven’t won since the end of August, a six-game winless streak, and have scored just three goals.
While cup competition has handed Hatfield some light relief with wins at Codicote and home to Totternhoe, league form has deserted them but the skipper is convinced the wins will return.
Cooke said: “The spell we had at the beginning of the second half was good and we needed to make that pressure count, we had a lot of the ball but never really hurt them.
“Credit to the home side, they’re one of the best sides we’ve played and they were very clinical. We’re a young side and we need to learn from.
“You can’t fault the effort, it’s just one of those days where we played against a decent side and they had the quality to hurt us”
With Paul Otim making his debut for the club, the visitors’ optimism soon turned to despair as they went 1-0 down after five minutes.
A quick passage of play in the midfield left Hatfield chasing shadows and the Ampthill forward was sent clear to put the home side in front.
Hatfield did grow into the game and should have levelled when Charlie Payne floated a delightful cross into the box and Jimmy Cook was inches away from getting on the end of it.
With the score at half-time still 1-0, Hatfield began the second half on top but struggled to make their possession count.
Having not made the most of their dominance, Ampthill doubled their lead. A corner from the left-hand side gifted a free header eight yards out.
That goal dented Hatfield and the third and fourth goals followed in quick succession for the home side.
Hatfield did pull a goal back in the final few minutes, substitute Ben Awad slamming a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards out.
Kev Pearman’s men are back in cup action this weekend, hosting Chipperfield Corinthians in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Second Round at the Gosling Stadium.
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