Town players Standon and deliver

PUBLISHED: 17:08 22 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

Aubrey Cup Quarter-final Hatfield Town 1 Standon & Puckeridge 0 HATFIELD swept into the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup with a hard-fought victory over a plucky Standon side last Wednesday evening. Dave Hewing scored the only goal of the tie at Rothamsted

Aubrey Cup Quarter-final

Hatfield Town 1 Standon & Puckeridge 0

HATFIELD swept into the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup with a hard-fought victory over a plucky Standon side last Wednesday evening.

Dave Hewing scored the only goal of the tie at Rothamsted Park, Town switching the match to their former ground in Harpenden to ensure that it went ahead.

Goalkeeper Sam Lacey, however, was Town's real star in their quarter-final victory over Standon & Puckeridge.

He pulled off some fine saves and was named the Mortgage Centre man of the match afterwards.

It was a damp and frosty night but both teams gave a performance that warmed up the supporters, who have been deprived of football recently due to adverse weather conditions.

Hatfield came out of the starting blocks as if they wanted to finish the game off as quickly as possible and they took the lead on four minutes.

Lewis Field threaded the ball to Hewing on the edge of the area and the Town marksman slipped a defender and shot fiercely into the corner of the net.

Hatfield then began to apply yet more pressure with Daniel Staples and Hewing combining well up front.

The defence was resolute, led with skill and composure by skipper Gary Coley.

He was ably supported by the industrious Neil Doctor and a hard-working Scott Lacey.

The midfield, with Wes Awad once again outstanding, worked together well to support the front pair.

The ever-dangerous Field on the left caused concern to the Standon defence with his deftness and skill.

Young Rhys Lawrence on the right also showed glimpses of his potential by providing crosses and passing of a high standard.

However, due to great work by the Standon keeper and the woodwork Hatfield could not add to their solitary goal at the interval.

The second half saw the visitors up the tempo and they created some good opportunities to score.

But the home defence was resolute and Lacey was outstanding in the Hatfield goal.

At the other end, Hewing and Staples came close but were thwarted by fine goalkeeping by the visiting custodian.

David Reade replaced Lawrence with just over 20 minutes to go and immediately made an impact wide on the right, easily beating the visitors' full back and providing some telling crosses.

Reade was also very unlucky with two or three shots on goal.

The East Herts side still had their moments but Mortgage Centre man of the match Lacey was not going to be beaten.

Jason Beck replaced Staples on 78 minutes and a minute later Hewing came off for John McGrandles.

Hatfield then saw out the game and can now look forward to a semi-final against either local rivals Codicote or Bovingdon.

Cup run so far

Aubrey Cup

First Round

Hatfield Town 2 Metropolitan Police Bushey 0

Second Round

Hatfield Town 3 Wormley Rovers 1

Quarter-final

Hatfield Town 1 Standon & Puckeridge 0

Semi-final

Hatfield Town v Bovingdon or Codicote

Final

Hatfield Town or Bovingdon or Codicote v Evergreen or Park Street Village

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