Town's second string claim club's first title

PUBLISHED: 18:47 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

Hatfield Town Reserve team manager Gary Doctor

Hatfield Town Reserve team manager Gary Doctor

HATFIELD Town s second string clinched the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One title at the weekend – without kicking a ball. Gary Doctor s side didn t have to play their final home game of the season on Saturday. Their match against Buntingf

HATFIELD Town's second string clinched the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One title at the weekend - without kicking a ball.

Gary Doctor's side didn't have to play their final home game of the season on Saturday.

Their match against Buntingford Town was called off on Friday night as the visitors could only field five players for the game.

Hatfield will eventually be awarded the points following a league investigation into Buntingford's non-fulfilment and that will put Town four clear of nearest rivals Met Police Bushey.

Met Police cannot now catch Town as they have only one game remaining this season.

Hatfield still have two fixtures left to play this season and expect to be presented with the trophy on the last day of the season away at Bovingdon on April 26.

Town re-entered the Herts Senior County League in 1997 and the Reserves were promoted from the Reserve Division Two in their first season.

But successive reserve team managers have been unable to lift the Division One crown until now.

Current Reserve team manager Gary Doctor said: "I'm delighted that we've won the title. It's no more than we deserve.

"Our performances throughout the season have been good and we've stepped up the pace, particularly since Christmas.

"There have been some great performances from all the players and I'd like to thank them for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.

"It would have been nice to have taken the title having actually played the game against Buntingford on Saturday but I feel that we were worthy winners over the whole season.

"I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the trophy in a couple of weeks' time and to next season's new challenges."

Town are due to visit local rivals Lemsford this weekend.


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