Town beat Police to edge closer to the title
PUBLISHED: 14:16 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One Hatfield Town Reserves 3 Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 1 TOWN S second string have one hand on the league trophy after beating Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 3-1 at Birchwood on Saturday. Two po
Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One
Hatfield Town Reserves 3 Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 1
TOWN'S second string have one hand on the league trophy after beating Metropolitan Police Bushey Reserves 3-1 at Birchwood on Saturday.
Two points behind league leaders Met Police before the game, Hatfield have now gone top by a point with three games left to play.
As Met Police have only one match remaining, Gary Doctor's side will be crowned Reserve Division One champions if they beat Buntingford Town at home this weekend.
The Birchwood pitch stood up well on Saturday, despite the heavy rain, and there was some good football played by both sides.
Met Police attacked from the start and in the eighth minute Adam Gallichan shot just wide of the post.
Michael Vye in the Town goal had to be alert in saving at his near post to prevent his side from going 1-0 down.
Hatfield were outnumbered in central midfield and were being overrun at times.
Few chances came Town's way in the first half, other than a Rob Browell effort that was put over the bar.
It was goalless at half-time but a different story in the second period.
Hatfield were awarded a penalty a minute after the break when Adie Hammill was brought down from behind in the area.
Joe Brandon stepped up to coolly fire a low shot to the Police goalkeeper's right to make it 1-0 to Town.
Two minutes later, good work from Hammill and Jack Evans put Darryn Stewart through on goal and he finished beautifully with a left-foot flick to make it 2-0.
Keeper Vye was again called into action to make another save low down to his left.
Met Police did pull a goal back with 15 minutes to go when a Town defender was caught in possession and Gallichan finished smartly to set up a nervy finish.
The visitors pushed hard for an equaliser but Hatfield's excellent defence stood firm.
The game was put beyond the reach of the Police two minutes from the end when top scorer Matt Standen's tireless running beat the offside trap.
Although striker Standen was unable to finish himself, Hammill crashed the ball into the net to make it 3-1 to Hatfield at the final whistle.
Town manager Gary Doctor was delighted at the result after the game.
"I was proud of the boys today, they really deserved the victory," he said.
"The league title is ours for the taking and I'm really looking forward to Saturday.
"There have been some great individual performances this season and if we win on Saturday it will be the culmination of all the hard work that we have put in this season.
"If we do win the title then we will be worthy champions.
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