Long-standing FA Cup record broken by Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 09:40 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 13:02 21 September 2011

Hatfield Town centre-half Grant Macaree scored the opener against Barton Rovers last night (Tuesday)

Hatfield Town centre-half Grant Macaree scored the opener against Barton Rovers last night (Tuesday)


HATFIELD Town broke a long-standing club record last night as they reached the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round for the first time since season 1949/50.

A 2-1 victory at home to Barton Rovers in a First Qualifying Round replay saw Darryn Stewart and Kevin Pearman’s side set up a meeting with Leighton Town in the next round.

The sides drew 1-1 in the first encounter at Barton’s Sharpenhoe Road ground.

Grant Macaree put the hosts 1-0 up after only seven minutes at the Gosling Stadium, but Barton, who play at a level above Hatfield in the Evo-Stick Southern League Division One Central, managed to equalise straight after half-time through Phil Smeaton.

But on 72 minutes, former WGC striker Marc Arnott netted what turned out to be the winner to put out Barton Rovers, who are managed by former Codicote manager Dan Kennoy and assisted by ex-Codicote boss and WGC coach Adam Fisher.

It was a joyous night for all concerned with Hatfield Town, with particular credit going to Stewart and Pearman for masterminding this fine FA Cup run.

Back in 1950, Town reached the Second Round Qualifying, but went on to lose 5-1 away at Edgware Town.

But the management duo will be hoping for a much better result when they take on Leighton, scheduled for Saturday, October 1.

Leighton, who play in the same league as Barton, haven’t had the best start to their season, sitting second-bottom with one win, two draws and five defeats from their opening eight games.

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