Kersey shines on debut as Hatfield keep hopes of the greatest escape alive
PUBLISHED: 09:26 05 March 2019
Ashley Kersey had a debut to remember as Hatfield Town picked up a third win of the season to keep their slim hopes of avoiding the drop alive.
The former Welwyn Garden City frontman got both goals in the 2-0 win at home to Brimsdown, a result which leaves them 14 points behind Amersham Town and safety at the bottom of Spartan South Midlands League Division One with nine games to go.
Kersey started up top with Matt Noot while Toby Kirkham came in for Brian Simpson and the Blue Boys started well, winning their headers, pressing high and competing in midfield.
They had to face a wind which would play a huge part in the game during the first period but they defended well despite the balls forward from Brimsdown.
And it was from one clearance that Hatfield took the lead on 20 minutes.
A ball forward from Rhys Shirley-Clarke found its way into the path of Kersey, who still had plenty to do from 30 yards out.
But the big man was able to power past the defender to the right-hand side of the box before smashing it into the bottom corner.
The first half half continued to be scrappy in the middle of the park and with the ball in the air quite often but Hatfield could have had a second right on the stroke of half-time, but Kersey’s header from a Jay Welsh corner went narrowly wide.
Too often since Jason Beck took over Town they have been guilty of not putting together a full 90 minutes.
But any fears that could happen again were dispelled just five minutes after the restart after a ball helped forward onthe breeze to Kersey, who did the rest with a magical half-volley into the top corner.
It had Hatfield fully on the front foot and with all the momentum.
And with the midfield three of Alex Washbourne, Max Jessop and Kirkham all showing a real desire to fight and protect the lead it soon became apparent that it wouldn’t be Brimsdown’s day.
The only real chance for the visitors came from a pull-back but the chance was blazed over from 12 yards.
But with the wind continuing to dominate and Hatfield still defending well, they were able to see the game out comfortably.
They could have had a third but Kersey put his hat-trick opportunity wide.