Town are crowned champions
PUBLISHED: 18:11 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Whitewebbs 0 Hatfield Town 3 HATFIELD Town clinched the Premier Division title last Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over reigning champions Whitewebbs. Goals from Lewis Owen, Jason Beck and substitute Lewis
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Whitewebbs 0 Hatfield Town 3
HATFIELD Town clinched the Premier Division title last Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over reigning champions Whitewebbs.
Goals from Lewis Owen, Jason Beck and substitute Lewis Field secured Town the points needed to complete a Herts Senior County League championship double.
Town's reserve side had already won their divisional trophy and last Tuesday's three points on a wet and windy night in Enfield ensured Trevor Lloyd's men were also crowned champions.
Playing against the wind in the first half, Hatfield played some free flowing football, and should have taken the lead on 35 minutes.
Striker Daniel Staples struck a free-kick which screamed into the top corner of the net, only for Beck to be adjudged offside for interfering with play.
As would be expected, Whitewebbs tried hard to unsettle the league leaders, but great work by skipper Gary Coley and his defence kept them at bay.
The game remained goalless at the interval.
With the wind at their back, Hatfield really turned on the style in the second half and showed the large Town following they were worthy of the championship.
After only five minutes of the half the ever-alert Beck scored a magnificent goal, which really settled down the team.
From then on, they put on a real display.
Quick, clinical passing and the keeping of their shape gave Whitewebbs no chance at all.
Only good work by the home keeper kept the rampant Town side at bay.
Trevor Golder was at his aggressive best, while Neil Doctor was breaking up everything that came his way and Owen was enjoying one of his best games in the blue shirt.
With six minutes remaining Field roared through to score and secure the league title.
It was fitting that Mortgage Centre man of the match Owen netted the third with a great header in the dying embers of the game.
Owen's performance received praise from his boss Trevor Lloyd.
He said: "I was delighted for Lewis, who scored his first league goal for us.
"He is only a young lad and had a couple of quiet weeks, but I wanted to give him a chance, and he proved me right to do so with a man-of-the-match performance."
The championship shield was presented to Hatfield after the game by Cecil Hudson, chairman of the Herts Senior County League.
Both the first team and the reserves have won their respective divisions, with Met Police coming second in both instances.
After the game, manager Lloyd was understandably a happy man.
"Of course I am delighted," he said.
"I must thank the hard work and assistance given by Andy Prutton and the rest of the management team.
"We must now prepare for the Spartan South Midlands."
Lloyd said: "It's about time Hatfield went up. This town deserves more success than it has been used to and I am pleased that I have achieved promotion.
"I am looking forward to the break though; it's been a busy time for me this year."
He added: "I hope to come back refreshed and ready for the new challenges that lay ahead."
* Hatfield Town's AGM is on Friday at Hatfield Social Club and all committee positions are up for grabs.
Anyone interested should contact Phil Knott via the club website at http://www.hatfieldtownfc.co.uk
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