* The last time Welwyn played Hatfield at Herns Lane was in the 2009/10 Spartan Premier season on Tuesday 22nd September when 160 people saw a 2-0 win. The three points were taken from The Citizens after it was discovered they had played an inelligable player. On Monday 28th December the return game was played with Hatfield the 'home' side as they ground shared with Welwyn at the time in front of a better crowd of 223.
The game was one to remember for both sides as some tough tackles made it a highly competitive but well contested affair. Adam Fisher's side dominated the opening proceedings quickly going 1-0 up via Marc Arnott and then 2-0 from a Daryl Smith header at the far post on the end of a quality looping free kick from Sam Perrin. The game was looking at getting away from Hatfield Town but credit to them as they dug deep and pulled the score back to 2-2 at half time. Their first goal came from the penalty spot after Jason Caswell fouled a player in the box. There were no appeals as it was a clear foul. Ben Collins confidently placed the kick in the right hand corner past the dive of Welwyn's Joe Croft. Shortly after Aaron Lewis made it 2-2 tapping the ball home following some great work on the left hand side and a mix up in the home box.
Welwyn made it 3-2 just after the break via a Joel Norris header. They looked the better attacking side from then on and it was Hatfield's keeper Allan Buck who made a number of impressive saves during the game to keep his side in the game. In particular towards the end of the 90 minutes when he tipped a Jason Caswell chipped shot onto his crossbar.
At full time every player looked exhausted having given their all for their team on a heavy pitch. The Welwyn boys recovered quickly to celebrate their victory with a "quite few pints in Romford" on their Christmas drink-up.
Don't worry if you missed the game or you want to see the action as there are full highlights below including all the goals scored and match action.......well worth a watch -
It was great to see both managers complimenting each other's team on social media after the game. Ash Purser and Adam Fisher tweeted the below messages. Purser has done a fantastic job for The Blueboys since joining from Hertfordshire Senior County League side Bedmond Sports over the summer -
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Forthcoming Fixtures of note
Saturday 3rd January
Harpenden Town v Bedford
Risborough Rangers v Codicote
Saturday 10th January
Hatfield Town v Bedford
Risborough Rangers v Welwyn GC
Saturday 17th January
Harpenden Town v Hatfield Town
Tuesday 20th January
Risborough Rangers v Bedford
Wednesday 21st January
Baldock Town v Codicote
Saturday 24th January
Codicote v Welwyn GC
Risborough Rangers v Harpenden Town