Hatfield Town stay top after comfortable Buckingham Athletic league triumph
PUBLISHED: 16:14 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 02 December 2014
Hatfield Town put the heartache of losing their unbeaten league start at Bedford FC 11 days ago behind them as they ran out winners at their lowly hosts.
The game was perhaps cagier than expected in the opening half as Hatfield failed to break through Buckingham Athletic’s gritty defence.
Manager Ashley Purser’s half-time pep talk did the trick though as the mercurial Gary Sippetts grabbed a brace and Ben Alexander’s spectacular 25-yard free-kick gave the visitors a positive response to their Bedford bashing.
Hatfield remain aloft the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, five points clear of their nearest rivals, Bedford.
Purser told the WHT: “We knew we didn’t play our best at Bedford so we wanted to bounce back in style.
“It was a slow start and that is credit to Buckingham because they put men behind the ball and made it difficult for us.
“I just tried to gee the lads up at half-time because the game was there for us to take and I think we assessed the situation brilliantly.
“If we ever need a goal we can always rely on Gary Sippetts and Ben’s (Alexander) free-kick was something to behold so I am delighted with how things turned out in the end.”
The away side were without Aaron Lewis for the trip while two other key members of the squad were absent through prior commitments.
That riled the boss but he is staying cool as the season approaches the midway point.
Purser continued: “I was a bit disappointed that some players decided not to show up but we made the best of it.
“It was another professional performance to get the three points. These are the showings we want to keep the momentum going.
“I said it a couple of weeks ago but we are under no pressure at the top.
“A few teams around us dropped points last weekend which is all well and good but I am interested in what we are doing and nobody else.
“We have been getting some bad press from other teams but that comes with the territory of being at the top.
“We won’t let it bother us.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.