Sports make hard work of beating Hatfield Yellows

PUBLISHED: 07:09 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

HATFIELD Sports opened up their Chairman s Cup campaign with a 3-2 away win against Hatfield Yellows on Sunday. With Sports returning to action after a two-week break, they made hard work of this game against a good Division Three team. Both sides had cha

HATFIELD Sports opened up their Chairman's Cup campaign with a 3-2 away win against Hatfield Yellows on Sunday.

With Sports returning to action after a two-week break, they made hard work of this game against a good Division Three team.

Both sides had chances early on but neither could find the net.

Midway through the half Sports won a corner on the left.

Dan Smith crossed into the box and Tom Mardle reacted first to prod home from close range.

They upped the tempo for the rest of the half and should have increased their lead when Dan Hedges raced onto a long ball only to slip as he rounded the keeper.

Just before the break Yellows pressed and got the equaliser, even though the last touch seemed to come off a Sports defender.

Forced to bring on their reserve keeper at half-time, Sports came out fired up.

Another injury saw them make a change up front.

Shortly after they were caught out and Yellows took the lead.

From the restart Sports pushed forward, but again another injury forced yet another change, but the reshuffle fired them up.

The impressive Elliot Pateman broke from the back and found Aaron Coppard out wide.

He crossed into Mardle who, in one movement, turned and fired into the corner of the net for 2-2.

Adam Woolmington then picked the ball up in midfield before finding Coppard who in turn found Hedges.

As the ball dropped over his shoulder and with the keeper advancing, he coolly chipped Sports' winner from outside the box to seal the group points.

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