Town's five-star show stuns Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 15:43 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

HATFIELD Town Reserves put in another solid performance as they beat Knebworth 5-2 at a very windy Birchwood on Saturday. Town were kicking with the wind in the first half but this was not to their advantage as the ball proved very difficult to control.

HATFIELD Town Reserves put in another solid performance as they beat Knebworth 5-2 at a very windy Birchwood on Saturday.

Town were kicking with the wind in the first half but this was not to their advantage as the ball proved very difficult to control.

Knebworth took a shock lead in the eighth minute following a Hatfield corner.

A long clearance from the K's keeper caught the Town defence out of position, allowing Carl Booth to slot home with a shot from the right side of the area.

There then followed a period of sustained pressure from Hatfield, who forced a succession of free-kicks and corners, all to no avail due to the blustery conditions.

Rob Browell, Darryn Stewart and Matt Standen had chances, but couldn't find the net as Town peppered the Knebworth goal.

However, Martyn Wood scored a brilliant equaliser for Town after 37 minutes with a blazing shot from 20 yards out.

Hatfield went in front five minutes later when Jack Evans knocked the ball down for Standen, who chipped the keeper from the edge of the area.

Two minutes into the second half Standen had the ball in the net again after an assist from Adie Hammill, but it was ruled out for offside.

Town did go further ahead soon after when a pinpoint cross from the right from Wood was crashed into the net by Standen for his second of the game and his 24th Reserve team goal of the season.

Town made it 4-1 on 70 minutes when Hammill cut inside from the right and drilled superbly past the keeper.

With less than five minutes to go, substitute Ryan Brandon made it 5-1 with a well-taken goal.

Frazer Triggs scored a consolation for Knebworth to make it 5-2.

After the game Hatfield Town Reserve team manager Gary Doctor said: "The conditions were very difficult, but I thought we coped admirably and fully deserved the win."

Town's second string are still two points behind league leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey with two games in hand.


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