“Toughest times” ahead for Hatfield Town

PUBLISHED: 13:19 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:28 19 December 2014

Hatfield Town's Ben Collins slides in on Baldock's Alex Coppin

Hatfield Town's Ben Collins slides in on Baldock's Alex Coppin

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Hatfield Town boss Ash Purser is bracing himself for what he has described as the “two toughest games of the season so far” as they prepare to face promotion rivals Baldock Town this Saturday before the huge derby at WGC in 10 days time.

Hatfield Town boss Ash Purser is bracing himself for what he has described as the “two toughest games of the season so far” as they prepare to face promotion rivals Baldock Town this Saturday before the huge derby at WGC in 10 days time.

The Blueboys were denied league action at Bush Hill Rangers last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch while Baldock, currently fifth in Spartan South Midlands League Division One, were in rampant mood against WGC in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.

A 4-1 defeat left the Citizens licking their wounds and Purser believes his table-toppers will have their work cut out this Saturday.

Purser told the WHT: “I was shocked by that result if I’m being honest.

“I saw Welwyn Garden City were going to take a full squad over there and were looking for some silverware but it seems like they were hammered.

“That is another warning sign to us that we are in for a very tough game on Saturday.

“We lost to Baldock in the FA Cup 3-0 but we did manage to beat them in the league 1-0 last month so we know we can trouble them.

“Even so, we might even think about going there and shutting up shop because they’re a good side and one we know will be up there come the end of the season.”

Despite Hatfield sitting aloft the SSML Division One, now just a point clear of WGC, a humble Purser thinks they are behind Baldock in terms of resources.

Purser continued: “We are top of the table but we know there’s work to be done.

“I would say Baldock are ahead of us in terms of squad size because we are still growing but we can only keep doing what we are doing.

“We have kept our nerve so far this season and through bloody-mindedness and hard work, we are now sitting top of the table.

“That has not been a fluke on our parts. We deserve to be where we are but we are also realistic about the situation and the teams around us.

“We will see what the weekend brings and hopefully we can get the points again,

“Two good results in these next two games will set us up for the rest of the season.”


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