Tigers snare the points as Hatfield Town lose home opener
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:14 14 August 2013
THE result may not have been what the doctor ordered, but there were plenty of positives on show from Hatfield Town in last night’s 2-1 home defeat against London Tigers.
The Blueboys were well worth a point from the SSML Premier Division encounter after a stirring second-half performance which saw Billy Cobb score on his home debut.
But in the end, a lacklustre first-half display was what counted, which saw Joss Huendor Dos Santos net from close range after good work out wide from Farhad Anvari on the half-hour mark.
Both sides played passing football, but for Hatfield in particular, that final killer ball was missing. Dean Barker worked hard up front, but against two dominant centre-halves he was often left looking for some support.
The second period was all change, with the hosts stepping up a gear. But they were caught by a sucker-punch six minutes in when a long punt upfield by Tigers’ goalkeeper Jamie Adim fell to the feet of Leonardo Dos Santos.
The Hatfield defence seemingly lost concentration as Dos Santos cut inside, skipped past the despairing lunges of Joe Welch and then keeper Neil Cheek, before firing home.
Adam Murad, Saturday’s two-goal hero against Hertford, was again introduced from the bench, and showed signs that he could be an important player for Hatfield this term.
Cobb, who put in an energetic performance in the middle of the park, rose highest from a Scott Little corner to thunder a header home, and the feeling was that Hatfield would go on to snare at least a point.
But chances were spurned by Junior Adeoye, Welch and Murad as the Tigers’ backline led a charmed life, and after around 10 minutes of injury-time, for reasons best left to the referee, the whistle was blown and Hatfield’s first home game of the league season ended in a disappointing defeat.
There are plenty of positives for Town boss Micky Nathan to take from the game, not least that he has introduced a balance of control and strength to his team, as well as some talented footballers.
Next up is an away trip to Newport Pagnell this Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.
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