New Town team claim their first league point

PUBLISHED: 08:32 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Jason Caswell

Jason Caswell

Herts Senior County League Senior Division One AFC Hatfield Town 2 Old Parmiterians 2 NEWLY-formed AFC Hatfield Town claimed their first Herts Senior County League point at the third time of asking on Saturday. The Town team entertained Old Parmiterians

Darryn Stewart

Herts Senior County League Senior Division One

AFC Hatfield Town 2 Old Parmiterians 2

NEWLY-formed AFC Hatfield Town claimed their first Herts Senior County League point at the third time of asking on Saturday.

The Town team entertained Old Parmiterians at Birchwood in the third game of their inaugural campaign in Division One.

After a reverse in their opening game of the season to Sarratt and losing undeservedly to Bedwell Rangers last Tuesday night, they were looking to gain their first points of the season.

Managed by ex-Hatfield Town and Oxhey Jets striker Darryn Stewart and captained by young Jay Welsh, AFC Hatfield Town are an Under-18 football club playing in senior football, which is a bold project designed to develop young local footballers.

Fourteen of the squad are aged 16 with a sprinkling of older players to mentor the youngsters in the senior game.

Some of the youngsters were unavailable on Saturday, including the manager's son Darryl Stewart, who was injured with a fractured wrist.

Therefore, a couple of Hatfield Town's successful Reserve team side were drafted in for the game against the Garston outfit.

Hatfield got off to a less than perfect start when a defensive slip in the second minute allowed Ross O'Flynn in to make it 1-0 to Old Parmiterians.

Undeterred by this, Town pushed forward and Kev White narrowly headed over three minutes later from Joe Brandon's corner from the left.

Town's young guns took control of the game with a much improved performance and 15 minutes later player-manager Darryn Stewart hit the side-netting after good work from Brett Allen.

A minute later, though, Hatfield were level. A pinpoint free-kick from Brandon on the left reached Jason Caswell and his glancing header at the near post found the net to make it 1-1.

Hatfield went into the break with a deserved lead after Jason Caswell scored his and Town's second with a spectacular lob a minute before half-time.

The hosts started the second half brightly and were well in control of the game, although Parmiterians had a few chances to equalise midway through the half but were thwarted by the impressive Mark Brownjohn in the Town goal.

Mitchell Lewin and the evergreen Tony Wightman came on as substitutes for Hatfield and there were further chances for Jason Caswell, who had a shot well saved by the Parmiterians keeper, while Steve O'Boy's header was also saved.

The visitors snatched an undeserved equaliser on the break five minutes from the end.

A shot from an unmarked Martin Prickett was too strong for keeper Brownjohn to hold.

Manager Darryn Stewart said after the game: "I'm really disappointed today.

"We lost to Bedwell in midweek when we should have got something from that game and today we've drawn, although there's no question that we should have won it.

"On the positive side, we played really well, the lads did me proud and we got our first point.

"We're improving all the time so I'm hoping to pick up three points from Tuesday evening's home game against Debden Sports.

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