Luck's out again for Blueboys as they concede five at Edgware Town
PUBLISHED: 14:27 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:27 10 February 2015
Hatfield Town boss Ash Purser bemoaned a "rough cycle of luck" after his side's third league defeat in four games.
The result may not have been so pronounced had goalkeeper Allan Buck not gone off injured just minutes before half-time.
With the Blueboys already losing 2-0, Buck pulled his groin and with no substitute keeper on the bench, the responsibility of denying the hosts’ more goals fell to defender Jason Coughlan.
Hatfield looked as if the audacious comeback could have been on the cards just after the break as the mercurial Gary Sippetts, approaching his 38th birthday, stole a lifeline.
That notion suffered a knock moments later though as Edgware went up the other end and made the most of a helpless Coughlan to regain their two-goal lead.
Credit the away side for not giving up on the cause, with Sippetts doubling his afternoon’s tally.
Inevitably though, a lack of keeper was to haunt Hatfield.
Two further home goals put the gloss on a strange game for the Londoners and left Purser scratching his head.
Purser said: “It is another case of things not going our way so we have to try and escape this rough cycle of luck.
“We could not have foreseen what was to happen to Allan but I have to give credit to Jason for putting his hand up and wanting to go into goal.
“Anything that wasn’t straight at him though was likely to hit the back of the net and that’s what happened.
“If you’re the Edgware manager you just tell your players to shoot on sight because it’s bound to go in.
“I thought we had turned a corner when we got the three points at Harpenden but perhaps not.”
If the Blueboys thought things were to get easier, they were mistaken with games against two of the top five in Risborough Rangers and Bedford FC.
A daunting prospect for Purser and his men.
He said: “We are not blessed with our current fixture list but we still have aspirations of finishing in the top four so we won’t let the schedule get us down. There’s got to some luck for us somewhere soon.”