Two sent off but Hatfield Town's nine men still triumph

PUBLISHED: 16:17 01 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

Martin Standen scored the winner for Hatfield away to Crawley Green

Martin Standen scored the winner for Hatfield away to Crawley Green

HATFIELD Town had two players sent off but still battled to a magnificent 1-0 win at Crawley Green on Saturday. Town had both Daniel Staples and Barrie Chamberlain dismissed against tough opponents on a windswept afternoon at Barton s ground. However, skip

Daniel Staples was sent off

HATFIELD Town had two players sent off but still battled to a magnificent 1-0 win at Crawley Green on Saturday.

Town had both Daniel Staples and Barrie Chamberlain dismissed against tough opponents on a windswept afternoon at Barton's ground.

However, skipper Martin Standen's solitary goal was just enough for Trevor Lloyd's men to secure the Spartan South Midlands League Division One points.

After a goalless first half, Town's task was made that much harder when striker Staples was sent off after 68 minutes for a second booking.

However, the Blueboys under the captaincy of the inspirational Standen simply rolled up their sleeves and went looking for the winner.

Within 10 minutes of being reduced to 10 men, Town took the lead.

Some great interplay between Trevor Golder and Mortgage Centre man of the match Standen resulted in the Hatfield captain scoring a great goal to break the deadlock.

Town's hope of bagging all three points suffered another setback when Chamberlain was dismissed for retaliation - reducing the visitors to just eight outfield players.

Town's remaining men stuck to their task to secure a vital victory that leaves Hatfield in fifth place, a massive 15 behind runaway leaders Royston Town.

Hatfield Town are back in action on Wednesday night when Harpenden Town are the visitors to Herns Lane.

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