Town beat Police in top clash
PUBLISHED: 12:41 28 November 2007 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009
Herts County League Reserve Division One Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 1 Hatfield Town Reserves 3 HATFIELD Town s second string beat league leaders Met Police Bushey Reserves 3-1 away on Saturday. Second-placed Town are now just three points behind
Herts County League Reserve Division One
Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 1
Hatfield Town Reserves 3
HATFIELD Town's second string beat league leaders Met Police Bushey Reserves 3-1 away on Saturday.
Second-placed Town are now just three points behind Met Police in the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One standings with a game in hand.
Had the home side won Saturday's top-of-the-table clash they would have gone nine points clear of Town.
With Hatfield's 1st XI fixtureless on Saturday, all eyes were focused upon the second string achieving success.
Despite the odds being stacked against them Hatfield, without calling upon any first teamers, did not disappoint.
Met Police had previously only lost one league game this season and were blazing a trail at the top of the table by scoring 60 goals from just 10 matches, almost twice as many goals as any other side in the division.
There was also an administrative error on the part of the league whereby no referee was confirmed as officiating the match, and the responsibility was placed on Met Police to supply a club referee to run the game.
Town boss Gary Doctor remained loyal to his players when he could so easily have cherry-picked from the first team squad, given that they all had the afternoon off.
Three Hatfield goals, combined with a couple of shots that hit the woodwork and one effort scored after the whistle had gone for an infringement, could only be countered by the Police with two goals, one of which was ruled out for offside.
Hatfield looked comfortable on the ball and firmly in control for the entire match.
Crisp passing and solid, intelligent build-up work had the Bushey side on the back foot for most of the match.
Rhys Lawrence and Rob Browell were influential down the flanks and at times tied the defence in knots with their running and ball skills.
By comparison Met Police never looked a serious threat, appearing somewhat lightweight in the strikers' department, which was surprising given their previous prowess in front of goal.
All 11 Hatfield players gave commendable performances as goals from Matt Standen and Jason Caswell took Hatfield to a two-goal cushion at the interval.
The second half proved to be as exciting if not more so than the first. Several Hatfield players even upped their game.
None more so that Darryn Stewart in the heart of midfield.
Standen netted a second goal for Hatfield before Met Police tried to battle hard to take something from the match.
A brief period of attacking play midway through the second period saw the home side breach an otherwise solid Hatfield defence. The Police's disallowed offside goal was followed by their solitary hit, before Hatfield once again took control of the match through to its conclusion.