Standen scores against Standon
PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Standon & Puckeridge 0 Hatfield Town 4 TITLE-CHASING Hatfield Town tore apart third-placed Standon & Puckeridge 4-0 to maintain their bid for the championship. The twin spearhead attack of Martin Standen and D
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Standon & Puckeridge 0 Hatfield Town 4
TITLE-CHASING Hatfield Town tore apart third-placed Standon & Puckeridge 4-0 to maintain their bid for the championship.
The twin spearhead attack of Martin Standen and Daniel Staples, otherwise known as the SAS, was far too much for Standon & Puckeridge on Saturday.
Despite both clubs being at the top end of the table, Trevor Lloyd's men were the only team in the contest.
Standon were brave and kept at it until the end, but with superior skill and fitness, the promotion seekers from Hatfield were never in trouble.
The defence was solid and dependable with Richard Cooke and John McGrandles outstanding, while in the middle of the park Town were sharp and decisive.
Good goalkeeping by the home stopper and the woodwork denied Hatfield taking the lead early in the first half.
On 28 minutes, a rasping shot from striker Staples smacked against the post.
The only effort from Standon was deflected against the crossbar on 36 minutes.
Hatfield kept at it and great interchanging between David Reade, Standen and Staples saw the latter poke home a goal just before the break to give Town a 1-0 lead at the interval.
The second half saw the away side at their very best.
They were on song in defence and Mortgage Centre man of the match Cooke was forceful and constructive.
Trevor Golder in midfield caused Puckeridge problems, but the whole team played brilliantly as a unit.
With just six minutes of the second half gone, defender McGrandles, up in support of his forwards, fired home to make it 2-0.
Hatfield kept playing entertaining football, much to the appreciation of a good travelling support.
Lewis Field replaced Staples on 72 minutes and Rhys Lawrence also came on for Reade in midfield.
Immediately Field showed his skill and linked up effectively with Standen.
Lawrence was on form in midfield, making some telling runs.
Jason Beck then replaced Wes Awad on 76 minutes and slotted in straight away.
Hatfield kept up the pressure and on 80 minutes Standen broke clear.
The forward was bearing down on goal when he was fouled in the penalty area.
Up stepped Golder to strike the penalty sweetly into the back of the net.
However, the referee made him take it again because of an encroachment by Hatfield players.
Golder made no mistake with his second spot-kick for 3-0.
All was not over as striker Standen completed the scoring when he burst through on 83 minutes to make it 4-0.
So fierce was his effort that it came straight back out after finding the back of the net.
Town boss Lloyd said: "This was a really great all round team performance.
"You must remember that we are a young side and there is better to come.