Hatfield Town undone by the Doyle show

PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 December 2011 | UPDATED: 16:16 21 December 2011

Hatfield Town Football Club

Hatfield Town Football Club


HATFIELD Town's joint-manager Darryn Stewart praised the talent of Broxbourne Borough's hat-trick hero Chris Doyle as his side fell to a 4-1 away defeat on Saturday.

At the half-time interval, the Blueboys were well in the game at 1-1, but former Potters Bar Town forward Doyle inspired Broxbourne as he scored three second-half goals to guide the East Herts outfit to victory.

Stewart felt his Hatfield troops played some good football in the South Midlands Premier Division clash, and believes in the end, there was only one difference between the teams.

“Chris Doyle was the difference out there; he kept popping up in the pockets all over the pitch.

“He won the penalty and scored it, his second was good and the third from a free-kick was different class.

“He guided it into the top corner to leave Sam [Lacey] with no chance; it was a superb effort.

“Without him I definitely felt we would have got at least a point in the game; we played some good football, got the ball down and I genuinely think we looked okay out there.

“But the result says 4-1, which isn’t good; we have to stick together and come back stronger after the break we have.”

Anthony Stockman put the home side Broxbourne 1-0 up after only 15 minutes, but Ashley Dray levelled things up one minute before the break.

But the second half was the Doyle show, and he completed a hat-trick in the 88th minute with his well-taken 25-yard free-kick.

Hatfield were missing a number of key players, with Trevor Golder, David Reade, Lee Newman and Terry Caswell all missing. Town travel to take on Haringey Borough on December 27.

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