Town close gap in title race
PUBLISHED: 16:48 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Sandridge Rovers 0 Hatfield Town 2 HATFIELD Town closed the gap in the race for the Herts Senior County League Premier Division championship with a 2-0 win over Sandridge Rovers on Saturday. Town are now just s
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Sandridge Rovers 0 Hatfield Town 2
HATFIELD Town closed the gap in the race for the Herts Senior County League Premier Division championship with a 2-0 win over Sandridge Rovers on Saturday.
Town are now just six points behind leaders Met Police Bushey, who lost 4-1 to Hertford Heath at the weekend.
The Hatfield side still have a game in hand and have to play at home to Met Police in what will effectively become a title decider.
On a windswept, wet day at Sandridge, Hatfield knew that league positions meant nothing when taking on their local rivals.
However, Trevor Lloyd's players buckled down to the task, buoyed by a defence superbly led by inspirational Town skipper Gary Coley.
The star at the back was once again Jon Nevill, who just would not allow anything past him.
The midfield was creative and supportive with David Reade working hard and Neil Doctor prompting and pushing on as usual.
Martin Standen was moved to a new role in the centre of the midfield and was superb in the air and creative with his passing.
Rhys Lawrence in his free role was again the star of the show, beating his marker time after time and drilling in great passes to Daniel Staples up front.
Playing down the slope in the first half, Town were by far the better of the two teams and it seemed only a matter of time before they got on the scoresheet.
With five minutes remaining before the break, Hatfield pressure forced a Sandridge defender to handle in the box.
Standen stepped up to take the spot-kick, but he blasted the ball just past the post.
With no score at the interval, the away side knew they had to take their chances in the second half.
Hatfield reappeared with grit and determination, and the football played was fast-flowing and fluid.
Hatfield broke the deadlock 12 mintues into the second period.
Mortgage Centre man of the match Field picked up the ball and crossed it to Lawrence, who skipped past the defender and scored a superb goal.
Then it was wave after wave of attacks from Hatfield.
Rovers kept at it, but all of their efforts were denied by a great defence and a solid goalkeeping performance by Sam Lacey.
The goal of the match came with some 10 minutes remaining when Field jinked past three defenders and slotted home a superb goal.
In the time remaining Jason Caswell, David Reade and Lawrence, with a bit of luck, could have added to the score.
Two goals were enough to net the points and Town's title hopes received a further boost when the Met Police result filtered through.
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