Herts Senior County League: Hatfield United grab important win over Wodson Park Reserves
PUBLISHED: 12:57 23 January 2019
Hatfield United got a rare victory in what has been a disappointing season as they won 3-1 at home to Wodson Park Reserves.
It was just their third success in 17 Herts Senior County League Division One matches and came courtesy of two goals from Charlie Lloyd and one for Charlie Woodward.
They remain third from bottom of the league, with fellow strugglers and neighbours Lemsford also winning, but they are now in touching distance of the gaggle of sides above them.
Manager Nigel Upson made the decision to shuffle his pack in an attempt to climb away from danger, pairing Will Hanson and Simba Matapo in the centre of defence.
And with Josh Francis and Harry Baker making up a solid back four, United were able to express themselves going forward and took the game to Wodson from the first whistle.
They created a huge number of chances in the first-half but were unable to take them.
Wodson’s keeper had to make a last-ditch tackle as Dale Stewart prepared to shoot and Daryl Hall had two efforts whistle just wide.
Stewart had another effort, tipped over the bar this time, while a Solomon Dowadu shot was blocked on the line.
Woodward came closest with a far-post header that was deflected wide by a Wodson defender.
But unlike recent matches, United came out for the second half determined to push home their advantage.
For along period it looked as though the breakthrough would never come, a delicious pass from Hall sliding across the face of goal with both Stewart and Woodward unable to convert.
But their dominance finally bore fruit after 68 minutes.
Woodward chased a through-ball and saw his shot blocked by the keeper but as the ball came back out he swivelled and placed it in the far corner.
The lead was doubled three minutes later when Dowadu’s run into the penalty area was halted and Lloyd stepped up to score from the spot.
And United made it three goals in 13 minutes when Stewart’s clever free-kick was met at the far post with a towering header from Lloyd.
Wodson did pull a consolation back in the closing stages through Alex Ward, seizing on a defensive header from Matapo but it was never going to be enough to deny Hatfield the win.