Hewing nets late winner for Town

PUBLISHED: 12:07 24 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

CLOSE CALL: Daniel Staples goes close after Buntingford 
keeper Shane Dawkins drops the ball in his penalty area

CLOSE CALL: Daniel Staples goes close after Buntingford keeper Shane Dawkins drops the ball in his penalty area

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 2 Buntingford Town 1 HATFIELD Town kept on the promotion trail with two late goals at their new Herns Lane home against Buntingford Town on Saturday. Town left it very late to equalise and then fin

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Hatfield Town 2 Buntingford Town 1

HATFIELD Town kept on the promotion trail with two late goals at their new Herns Lane home against Buntingford Town on Saturday.

Town left it very late to equalise and then find a Dave Hewing injury-time winner against fellow promotion hopefuls Buntingford.

The victory proved to be priceless as second-placed Hatfield closed the gap on league leaders Met Police Bushey, who drew 0-0 with Sandridge Rovers, to just three points.

Boss Trevor Lloyd saw his side play with style and panache in the first half and they were by far the superior side in all but finishing.

Chance after chance came their way but the ball just would not go into the net. This was due to poor finishing, the woodwork and a great display by Buntingford keeper Shane Dawkins.

It really did seem just a matter of time until they scored, but it remained goalless at the interval.

The second half started just the same, with Daniel Staples, Lewis Field and Hewing all working well together but the finishing touch eluded them.

David Reade continued his great form on the right and the defence played well with former Colney Heath man Scott Lacey outstanding.

However, Buntingford had a rare breakaway against the run of play on 48 minutes and Gareth Clarke slipped the defence and surprisingly put the visitors one up.

The home side continued to pile on the pressure, but keeper Dawkins was defiant and kept them at bay.

With 11 minutes left Lloyd made a triple substitution to change the game.

He replaced Gary Coley, Wes Awad and Trevor Golder with Martin Standen, Lewis Owen and Rhys Lawrence.

The thinking behind this was to put on fresh legs and to change the shape.

This astute tactical decision did the trick with Hatfield snatching victory with two late goals.

With time fast running out, Lacey burst through in support of his forwards and lashed the equaliser into the corner of the net. Lacey was later named the Mortgage Centre man of the match.

Town were not finished and in the third-minute of added time a cavalry charge attack saw Hewing take his chance and smack home the winner.

The collective sigh of relief was heard all round Town's new ground.

l See Sport 2 to read about Hatfield Town ground sharing at WGC.

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