Herts Charity Cup exit for Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 18:03 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009
Herts Charity Shield First Round Hatfield Town 2 Sun Postal Sports 5 ANDY Prutton took over the Town managerial reins last Wednesday but was helpless to prevent Hatfield exiting the Charity Shield in the first round. Prutton took charge of team affairs a
Herts Charity Shield First Round
Hatfield Town 2 Sun Postal Sports 5
ANDY Prutton took over the Town managerial reins last Wednesday but was helpless to prevent Hatfield exiting the Charity Shield in the first round.
Prutton took charge of team affairs as manager Trevor Lloyd was away on a family holiday, and was left ruing a number of missed chances.
"At 0-0 I thought we were the better side, but then they scored one, and the next two followed in quick succession, and we found ourselves 3-0 down at half-time," said Prutton.
"Even after the break, I still felt we could get back into the game, and we went for it, but were left to reflect on five or six gilt-edged chances that should have been put away."
Playing with a mixture of reserve and youth players, in the first half Town were overrun by an enthusiastic Sun side who were three goals up at the interval.
Scorers for Sun were Chris Dennehy in the 19th minute, Keith Egge five minutes later, and Lee Lynch nine minutes before half-time.
The second period was a lot better, with the introduction of Rhys Lawrence and Daniel Staples making a real difference.
Lewis Owen struck to make the score 3-1, but only nine minutes later Keith Poulton put Sun 4-1 up.
Rhys Lawrence gave Town some hope in the 59th minute to make it 4-2, but Sun wrapped up the win with a fifth coming two minutes from time through a Dean Seabrook strike.
David Reade was named the Mortgage Centre Hatfield man of the match.
The game was played at Hertford Town, with the pitch not in the best of condition, but Prutton refused to let this be an excuse.
He said: "Put simply, we just didn't perform in the first half, but in the second I always thought we could get back into it.
"But they had five good chances and scored five goals. That's the way it goes sometimes.