U25s could of got more
By Chris Maloney
Daniel Norman and Sean Butcher (16 year old Hatfield Town Youth player) were the stars of the show in midfield. The U25s can be happy with this result against a good side with many key players injured and 2x 16 year olds and 2x 17 year olds playing.
Hatfield looked strong and confident from the off, the team switched on from the start moving the ball well. After 10 minutes It was Town who took the lead, with a corner finding its way through a crowd, deflecting off Curtis Warner to Chris Maloney, who finished to make it 1-0.
After some more pressure from Hatfield and Hinton looking sketchy at times it was no surprise to see Town double their lead after 15 minutes. Another Corner was sent in, and was half-cleared by the Hinton defence, only to be headed back in to Curtis Warner who smashed it in.
Hatfield dominated the half, passing the ball well, with Hinton chasing the game for much of the first half. The score was 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw Hatfield make some changes, and Hinton came out a different side. They pressed hafted who didn't look so comfortable on the ball and struggled to dominate. Hinton made it 2-1 in the 60th minute and 2-2 in the 65th.
The game ended with a Hinton red card in the 85th minute, and Hatfield were unlucky not to get 3 points with lots of good chances being missed in the final minutes.
A win would of lifted Town even higher up the table, but a point is good enough to maintain our run of form, making it 4/9 points against 2nd, 4th & 7th placed, after 0/18 points previously.
Next the U25s play Knebworth at Birchwood, with Knebworth not having won a league game yet this season. The blueboys will be looking for revenge for Kenbworth;s 3-2 defeat of this side in the cup just a month ago.