Standen hits hat-trick as Hatfield triumph in cup
PUBLISHED: 17:25 16 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 16 September 2010
MATT Standen hit a hat-trick on Tuesday to help Hatfield Town defeat Tring Corinthians 3-1 in the first round of the Senior Challenge Cup.
Manager Andy Prutton paid tribute to his young attacker after deciding to play him in a front two alongside Jason Caswell rather than on the right flank where he has played so far this season.
Prutton was thrilled with Standen’s clinical finishing, describing it as the ‘perfect hat-trick; left foot, right foot and a header.’
The Hatfield manager also reserved praise for the team’s ‘fringe’ players including reserve keeper John Shearer and powerful utility player Dan Staples.
‘I was happy with John, I thought he did very well out there, as did Staples, I think he has come back into it brilliantly.’
Hatfield’s victory was marred by the sending-off of Richard Cooke after 35 minutes.
It was Cooke’s second red card in two games, and he is set to serve a lengthy ban.
Prutton added: “I feel for Richard [Cooke] I really do as he was just unlucky to get caught out really.
“But the attacker had got the wrong side, and Richard brought him down, we have no complaints with the decision to be honest.”
Visitors Tring Corinthians were resolute in defence, but by the 20-minute mark some superb passing football by Hatfield saw Standen score with a clincal finish.
John Shearer, making a rare start in goal with number one Sam Lacey rested, dealt with everthing that came his way, and the Blueboys should have gone in at the interval more than one-up.
The second half saw Town turn up the pressure and five minutes after the restart Standen scored again.
And he then completed his hat-trick by 69 minutes.
Tring scored a consolation goal five minutes from full-time through former WGC player Neil Richardson, but Town held out, and in the end were worthy winners.
The Mortgage Centre man-of-the-match was Matt Standen.
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