|THE MAIN PITCH AT THE BIRCHWOOD LEISURE CENTRE IS NOT THE MOST PICTURESQUE OF VENUES - HERE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY USED THE AREA HAD LEFT CANS OF EMPTY LAGER NEXT TO THE LITTER BIN AND NOT IN IT!!!|
Hatfield has an estimated population of just under 30,000 people so deserves a good football stadium to call it's own - it's been too long since Hatfield Town lost their Stonecross Road ground in 1980 to housing.
It was a very chilly and wet afternoon today so with no cover (just an open pitch) at Birchwood it didn't make for the best place to view the beautifal game but it turned out to be an entertaining 90 minutes well worth watching.
Hatfield equalised a couple of minutes later but it was Croxley who still looked the more dangerous, even with 10 men, hitting the post and having a number of decent chances to make it 2-1. It was the home side who made it that scoreline in the end and held out for a victory which they will look to build on in their next game which is at home to Colney Heath Reserves next weekend.
The Croxley Green players and management will be scratching their heads as to how they actually ended up losing the game from all the chances they created - they will definitely need to be more ruthless (and have a little bit more luck) in front of goal in their next game at home against Hatfield Town Reserves next weekend.
Hatfield Town are in red shirts