Opening-day triumph for Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 17:26 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:26 12 August 2013

Hatfield Town FC

Hatfield Town FC


SUPERSUB Adam Murad had a debut to remember as his two goals led Hatfield Town to a moral-boosting 4-2 win in their league opener away to Hertford Town on Saturday.

The start of the derby clash saw both teams show their attacking intent.

Hatfield’s Scott Little saw a fierce drive tipped over the bar by Hertford keeper Harry Ricketts, and then Hatfield custodian Neil Cheek, one of many making their debut, made three smart saves to keep it level.

The deadlock was broken on the 20-minute mark when a Little corner was headed home by Joe Welch, another making his first competitive appearance for Hatfield.

On the half-hour mark, the home fans were in uproar when the referee awarded Hertford a penalty only for him to reverse his decision after consulting with his assistant, who deemed Tom Massey had not fouled Alex Teniola in the box.

Little went on to rub further salt in the wounds when he broke free, kept his composure, and chipped Ricketts to secure a 2-0 half-time lead.

After the break, Hertford stepped up a gear, and were right back in it when Tommy Wade headed in from a corner only four minutes in.

And the game was all-square when Bradley Fraser fired home from 12 yards with 20 minutes to go.

But Murad was to have the last laugh, and ensured Micky Nathan’s Hatfield side collected the three points with two goals in a four-minute spell.

Hatfield play their first home league game of the season tomorrow night (Tuesday) at the Gosling Stadium against London Tigers, kick-off 7.45pm.

For further coverage, including reaction, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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