Heartbreak for Hatfield as rare and valuable win is snatched away late on
PUBLISHED: 14:02 28 January 2019
There was heartbreak for Hatfield Town as they saw a first win under new manager Jason Beck snatched away from them in the last 10 minutes in a 3-2 loss at Bedford.
It would have been only their second success this year in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One as well but at 2-1 that looked to be the case.
But football is a cruel game and after equalising on 80 minutes, Bedford stole the victory with just two minutes to go.
The Blue Boys went to McMullen Park with manager Beck saying they had nothing to lose.
For the seventh game in a row the manager changed his team in an attempt to find the right formula.
In came Welsh and Simmons as well as on-loan Berkhamsted keeper James Weatherill. There was even a place for Beck himself up front.
And the reshuffled side started slowly, shipping the first goal inside the opening 10 minutes.
But Town responded in a positive fashion and started to show glimpses of the philosophy being instilled by the new management team.
And after finding their feet with a strong fighting spirit they go their reward when Chris Tye was bundled over in the box on the stroke of half-time and Beck slammed home the penalty.
It gave town a massive confidence boost and in a second half full of attacking play from both teams, it brought another Hatfield goal.
Again it was the boss on target but it owed much to the work of Rhys Shirley Clarke to close down a clearance and get the ball to him.
Both teams continued to have chances, Matt Noot having the best one for the visitors, but then came the late heartbreak.
Beck said: “It’s heartbreaking for the boys but we will learn and we will go again.
“Bedford are fourth and chasing promotion while last week Broxbounre were fifth, yet opposition managers are still coming up to me at the end of games and congratulating us on how we have played and what we are trying to put in place.
“I just said to the boys that I can’t fault anybody, we were superb, but we’ve got to start to be clever about things.
“At 2-1 we have to stick men behind the ball and stick that ball as far in the stands as possible and then hit teams on the break to protect ourselves.
“But it’s coming and whoever came to watch will see that it’s not Hatfield lost again but it’s fair play to Hatfield, they played well.
“We are not giving up.”