Youngsters step up to fire Hatfield Town to Division One triumph

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2016

Emmanuel Chitongo celebrates scoring the first goal 1-0 with his team mates

Emmanuel Chitongo celebrates scoring the first goal 1-0 with his team mates


Two late goals from Harry McCrystal and Toby Coleman helped Hatfield Town snatch a first league win in four games at Gosling Stadium on Saturday.

Emmanuel Chitongo had put the hosts ahead but a Nadir Hamdan double turned the game on its head for the fellow strugglers.

Former Onslow St Audrey’s Football Academy pair McCrystal and Coleman then struck two goals in three minutes for a valuable three points.

The early exchanges were even but neither goalkeeper was really tested.

Blueboys’ Chris Gray then split the defence with a precise pass to put Chitongo away.

The forward drew the keeper out and passed the ball into the corner for 1-0.

The hosts continued to attack but 15 minutes later midfielder Hamdan skipped through weak challenges and beat keeper Kieron Extence.

Hamdan quickly made it 2-1 after good movement by the forwards which opened up the defence and the away side remained on top until the break.

The second half belonged to Town.

Matt Hodges was a constant menace up top with Sean Mboto tormenting the Brimsdown full backs on the flanks.

With 16 minutes to go, the pressure finally paid off when Gray got on the end of a cross to direct the ball back across for McCrystal to net.

Soon after, Coleman served up the winner, finding space in the box at a corner and delivering the all-important touch.

Warren Vehicles’ man of the match was Toby Coleman.

Kev Pearman’s men travel to Broadfields United in the league on Saturday.

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