Record win as AFC Hatfield hit double figures for first time

PUBLISHED: 16:43 13 February 2017

Marc Arnott (blue) now plays for AFC Hatfield

Marc Arnott (blue) now plays for AFC Hatfield

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AFC Hatfield recorded the biggest win in their nine-year history with a 10-2 Herts Senior County League Division One victory over Hatfield Town Reserves at Birchwood Playing Fields on Saturday.

If the result was a record win for AFC Hatfield then so was the time of their opening goal.

After just 32 seconds Manny Chitongo headed in Tom Watts’ floated cross.

Ten minutes later AFC increased their lead when new signing Marc Arnott, in his second spell with the club, netted.

Town Reserves pulled a goal back when an attempted clearance from close range rebounded off Curtis Warner and went in.

However, Tatenda Makoni tucked in a penalty for AFC as they went 3-1 up.

AFC stretched further ahead when Arnott’s 25-yard free-kick struck the woodwork and rebounded off the keeper and into the net.

Five minutes from the interval a brilliant strike from Arnott from 25 yards made it 5-1 and that was 6-1 at the break as Chitongo converted following Arnott’s pass.

The second half started with Reserves being awarded a penalty, but Betserayi Chirengendure put it wide on a day to forget for his side.

Four minutes later it was 7-1 to AFC as Will Hanson crashed in an unstoppable volley from the edge of the penalty area.

A decent spell of pressure from the home side resulted in Barry McCann making a save from Chirengendure and then on the hour Rob Frame pulled one back for Town with a fine 25 yard free-kick.

Mark Rogers opened his account for the afternoon with a great finish at the far post from Arnott’s cross to make it 8-2.

Two minutes later a long ball from Dan Zienkowicz found Arnott who crossed for Rogers who scored his second goal of the game.

Arnott crossed again from the left on 73 minutes and unselfishly Rogers, on a hat-trick, left it to Tom Watts to bury the ball into the net with his third goal of the season as AFC hit 10 goals in a game for the first time.

The AFC Man of the Match award sponsored by The Galleria was given to hat-trick hero Arnott who also provided four assists.

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