Reserves roar to Lions victory

PUBLISHED: 09:28 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009

Darryn Stewart

Darryn Stewart

Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One Hatfield Town Reserves 2 London Lions Reserves 0 HATFIELD Town s second string maintained their assault on the Reserve Division One title with a 2-0 home victory over their London Lions counterparts on Satu

Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One

Hatfield Town Reserves 2 London Lions Reserves 0

HATFIELD Town's second string maintained their assault on the Reserve Division One title with a 2-0 home victory over their London Lions counterparts on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Robbie Cavallari and Darryn Stewart secured Town the points and completed a club double over Lions after the first team also thrashed them 6-0 at the weekend.

Hatfield kicked into the wind in the first half and didn't find it easy to put the ball away in the blustery conditions.

A Jack Evans free-kick sailed over the bar on 15 minutes and shortly afterwards a shot from Stewart went wide of the post.

Matt Standen had a shot saved by the Lions keeper and Jason Caswell headed over from a free-kick shortly before the half-time break.

Town stepped up the pace in the second half and took the lead after 52 minutes.

Cavallari made it 1-0 to Hatfield when he turned in a well-placed free-kick from the right by Joe Brandon at the far post.

Just four minutes later, a cross from the left by Standen was chested down by Caswell and Stewart rifled the ball into the net to score his 13th goal of the season.

Town had further chances to add to their total.

A long-range shot from Kev White rattled the bar and Adie Hammill following up had his header saved by the keeper.

London Lions had a player dismissed for dissent 15 minutes from the end.

Substitute Lee Kavanagh almost scored a third for Hatfield in the final minute but his shot was saved by the Lions keeper, who had a busy afternoon.

Hatfield's Reserves remain two points behind the leaders Met Police, who beat Bovingdon at home on Saturday, but Town remain handily placed with two games in hand.

Manager Gary Doctor said: "We could have put away more of our chances, but overall I was pleased with our performance.

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