Hatfield Youth stay in hunt for county cup

PUBLISHED: 13:42 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

Tony Cleaver netted for and against his Hatfield Town Youth side on Sunday

Tony Cleaver netted for and against his Hatfield Town Youth side on Sunday

Herts Boys U18 Challenge Cup Third Round Hemel Aces 2 Hatfield Town Youth 5 HATFIELD Town Youth eased into the last 16 of the Herts County Cup on Sunday with an accomplished 5-2 victory away to Hemel Aces. The visitors had to overcome a shock after just

Herts Boys U18 Challenge Cup Third Round

Hemel Aces 2 Hatfield Town Youth 5

HATFIELD Town Youth eased into the last 16 of the Herts County Cup on Sunday with an accomplished 5-2 victory away to Hemel Aces.

The visitors had to overcome a shock after just five minutes when Luke Crane failed to hold a cross-shot and presented the Hemel centre forward with a simple tap-in.

But Hatfield battled back and 10 minutes later equalised with a superb goal.

Karl Storey-Delap's long throw found Tony Cleaver on the edge of the area.

He hooked a brilliant goal over the keeper from an acute angle.

Hatfield then took the lead after 25 minutes.

Alex Edwards held the ball up on the edge of the area before finding Bruce Tahon free at the far post.

With the Hemel defence expecting Tahon to shoot, he unselfishly squared the ball for full-back Matt Johnson to rifle into the roof of the net.

But Hemel were not finished and with their centre-forward causing Hatfield a few problems they almost conjured up an equaliser when he lobbed Crane from 20 yards.

However Crane made up for his earlier error with an outstanding save back-pedalling before tipping the ball onto the underside of the crossbar.

This allowed Ben Salmon to clear the danger.

At the other end James Upson saw his left foot volley just tipped over by the Hemel keeper before Hatfield increased their lead.

Tahon's stinging shot was parried by the keeper only for Tony Keast to follow up for his ninth goal of the season.

The away side were now resurgent and Tahon made it 4-1 with a superbly struck free-kick which gave the keeper no chance just before half-time.

The interval seemed to have an adverse effect on the Hatfield side though.

They were caught napping from a free-kick and the unfortunate Cleaver deflected the ball past his own keeper with just a minute of the second half gone.

The visitors then had to weather a 15-minute spell of intense pressure but Richard Albon and Ben Salmon were rock solid at the back and Crane found renewed confidence in dealing with anything that got through.

Ten minutes from the end Hatfield killed off any hopes Hemel had of a fightback.

Storey sent Cleaver clear through the middle.

He clinically finished low past the keeper for a well deserved 5-2 victory.


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