More twists than a Strictly Come Dancing final but Social back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 December 2017
A quite incredible game saw Hatfield Social bounce back from three successive defeats by beating Sarratt 4-3 in Herts Senior County League Division One.
They went into the game confident of a positive result against a side with inconsistent results this season but probably didn’t expect what followed.
They had the first scoring opportunity when James Upson tested Daniel James with only two minutes gone.
At the other end, Social’s keeper Ryan Moss was also kept busy making a save from a corner and then stopping the follow up shot.
It remained end to end for the first 25 minutes until finally Social got the breakthrough, full back Hayden Evanson turning in the box and netting from a tight angle.
Social grew in confidence and got the second just five minutes later, Cameron Leijgrave poking home Charlie Lloyd’s pass.
Social continued to create scoring chances up to half-time but it was Sarratt who got the next goal, Richard Versaci’s header coming five minutes before the break.
It gave Sarratt plenty of belief and they started the second period in a much more determined mood.
And amazingly within eight minutes of the restart, they were ahead.
An unmarked Marcus Rivers headed home the equaliser from a corner and three minutes later he pounced again, scoring from a quick break.
But this game still had plenty more twists to come and Hatfield dragged themselves level once more with 20 minutes to go.
Dale Stewart was the creator with a brilliant run and cross finding Leijgrave who finished with aplomb.
Social made two substitutions 15 minutes from time when Solomon Dawadu came on to replace Leijgrave and Luke Cooper replaced Lloyd and they helped push Social further forward.
James made a good save from Vincenzo Davino 10 minutes from time but with four minutes remaining they finally got their winner.
Bruce Tahon whipped in an accurate corner from the left which was headed home by Upson to make it 4-3 and move Social up to 10th in the table.
The man of the match was awarded to Charlie Woodward.