Staples brace sinks Wormley
PUBLISHED: 13:04 24 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 4 Wormley Rovers 1 TITLE-CHASING Hatfield Town closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey last Wednesday night after recording their fourth straight league win. Trevor L
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Hatfield Town 4 Wormley Rovers 1
TITLE-CHASING Hatfield Town closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey last Wednesday night after recording their fourth straight league win.
Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's in-form side brushed aside Wormley Rovers 4-1 at Rothamsted Park.
Striker Daniel Staples scored twice for the home side with substitute Lewis Field and man of the match Trevor Golder also getting on the scoresheet.
It was another emphatic victory for Town as they push for promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League.
Lloyd's men were upbeat after gaining two points on title rivals Met Police the previous weekend and they further cut into the Bushey side's advantage at the top by outclassing their Wormley opponents.
Inspirational skipper Gary Coley was again quite magnificent as captain and held the defence together, ably supported by an eager Neil Doctor and Richard Cooke.
Town had to wait 20 minutes before breaking the deadlock on a cold and blustery evening in Harpenden.
The lethal SAS strike partnership of Martin Standen and Staples carved open the Rovers defence and Staples put his side one up.
The front two were supported by David Reade and Lewis Owen's tenacity and skill, while Golder won everything in midfield and supported the forwards with some telling passes.
Good work by Reade and again marksmen Standen and Staples saw the latter score his second goal of the night to put the home side two up on 26 minutes.
The goal of the match arrived just eight minutes later when Golder latched onto a Reade pass and crashed the ball into the back of the Rovers net.
Hatfield were unlucky not to add more to their three goals before half-time.
Town came out determined for the second period but were soon pegged back by Wormley.
The visitors reduced the deficit just three minutes after the interval when Lewis Gardner slipped the home defence and scored a somewhat fortunate goal.
However, it was all Hatfield from then on with Reade, Standen and Staples combining well and Golder's performance netting him the Mortgage Centre man of the match award again.
Boss Lloyd made some changes on 75 minutes with Rhys Lawrence coming on for Reade and Field replacing Staples.
The introduction of fresh legs soon paid off and some great football between Standen and Field saw the substitute score an exquisite goal on 76 minutes.
On 87 minutes, Wes Awad came on for Golder as Town saw out the closing stages for a comfortable 4-1 victory.