Lawrence strike secures Town victory
PUBLISHED: 14:19 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 3 Standon & Puckeridge 2 A RHYS Lawrence wonder-strike secured three points for promotion-chasing Hatfield Town as they overcame a resolute Standon & Puckeridge side on Wednesday night. Two goal
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Hatfield Town 3 Standon & Puckeridge 2
A RHYS Lawrence wonder-strike secured three points for promotion-chasing Hatfield Town as they overcame a resolute Standon & Puckeridge side on Wednesday night.
Two goals from Daniel Staples and Lawrence's winner secured Town the Herts Senior County League Premier Division points at WGC FC's ground.
The victory, Hatfield's 18th of the league season, lifted Town to within nine points of leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey with a game in hand.
Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's men knew that they were in for a tough game right from the start.
With Staples playing as a lone striker, the system gave the midfield the opportunity to be supportive and inventive, with Lawrence showing considerable flair and work-rate, supported by an energetic David Reade.
Once again the Town defence was solid and reliable, ably led by skipper Gary Coley, with John McGrandles tough and uncompromising and Jon Nevill cultured and dependable at right back.
Hatfield were on top from the kick-off, but unlike Saturday's game against Park Street Village, Standon proved a much tougher nut to crack.
The home side were keeping their shape, with Neil Doctor on the wide right alert and energetic.
Town took the lead on 22 minutes. A great through ball was seized upon by Staples, who lashed it into the back of the net giving the keeper no chance at all.
However, Hatfield got a wake-up call just three minutes later when Standon equalised with a goal that Town will be disappointed to have conceded.
Town continued to press and on 40 minutes Staples scored an exquisite goal, with his subtle flick totally deceiving the visiting keeper.
Hatfield were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Doctor was felled by the Standon & Puckeridge goalkeeper.
Up stepped an eager Martin Standen, who uncharacteristically put the effort wide of the post.
The second half was much the same with Hatfield doing most of the pressing.
But the visitors refused to give up and on 58 minutes they equalised again.
Then it was game on with wave after wave of home attacks, but with no end result.
However, Hatfield began to concede silly free-kicks in vulnerable positions.
The defence held out and Sam Lacey in the home goal was positive in his handling.
Substitutes Lewis Field and Trevor Golder were brought on to freshen things up and this certainly worked.
Lawrence was working well with Mortgage Centre man of the match Staples.
And with 10 minutes remaining Lawrence scored the winning goal with a superb volley that gave the keeper absolutely no chance at all.
This secured Hatfield another three points to boost their promotion aspirations and kill off Standon's own hopes of snatching second spot.
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