It was an all Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division tie in the First Round of the Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy yesterday as Hatfield Town welcomed Royston Town Reserves to Birchwood.
The Blue Boys had been relegated from the Spartan South Midlands League Division One last season and a new Chairman had taken over the club in Johnny Shearer who had recruited Dan Whittaker and Kieron Extence to the management team who had recruited a new look squad for the 2019/20 season.
It hasn't been the best of starts as they had, up to kick off yesterday, officially played six and lost six league games including a 1-2 home defeat against Royston Town Reserves in August. Unofficially they had won one league game at home to Knebworth in September by a scoreline of 3-1 which has now been removed from the record books at The K's have taken relegation to Division One in recent weeks.
The Crows, also new to the division this season, have officially won two, drawn two and lost one of their league games so far which have included a 5-5 draw at Ware Sports and a 3-3 draw at Hoddesdon Town Reserves. They had also played Knebworth twice winning 3-2 away and 7-1 at home but as stated above these results now no longer stand unfortunately.
The game yesterday was an entertaining cup tie in which Royston took an early lead with Hatfield coming back strongly and creating a good number of chances scoring just before half time to make it 1-1 at the break. They certainly didn't look like a team short on confidence with youngster Dylan Fitzpatrick looking really good on the right hand side of midfield. He has played in the youth teams at MK Dons and also plays for AFC Dunstable u18s presently.
Casey Nolan-Samuels was their goalscorer and he added a second a few minutes into the second half with a good finish from the edge of the box. Royston Town piled on the pressure towards the end of the game but it was a hard working resolute Hatfield Town side that triumphed 2-1 to get through to the next round.
The Blue Boys are currently bottom of the HSCL Premier Division table but on this showing with more hard graft in training I can't see them being in that position come the end of the season.
The crowd was around 30 to 40 people at Birchwood yesterday - It would be great to see some more locally based football fans giving the team some support. The town also has Hatfield United, Hatfield Town Academy and Hatfield Athletic to watch this season.
HATFIELD TOWN'S FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - PREMIER DIVISION
Saturday 12th October - HODDESDON TOWN RESERVES
Saturday 19th October - Bush Hill Rangers
Saturday 26th October - BUNTINGFORD TOWN (Aubery Cup)
HATFIELD UNITED'S FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - DIVISION ONE
Saturday 12th October - ORACLE COMPONENTS
HATFIELD TOWN ACADEMY FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - DIVISION TWO
Saturday 12th October - Chipperfield Corinthians Reserves
HATFIELD ATHLETIC FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - DIVISION THREE
Saturday 12th October - Sarratt Reserves
HERTFORDSHIRE FA SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY 2019/20
HATFIELD TOWN 2 ROYSTON TOWN RESERVES 1
SARRATT 2 WODSON PARK 0
COLNEY HEATH RESERVES 1 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES 3
OXHEY JETS RESERVES 4 KNEBWORTH 2
BERKHAMSTED DEVELOPMENT v BERKHAMSTED RAIDERS (Away Win)
CODICOTE 1 CHIPPERFIELD CORINTHIANS 2
TRING CORINTHIANS 1 WORMLEY ROVERS 3
HODDESDON TOWN RESERVES v WARE SPORTS (22/10)
BYES - BOVINGDON, CUFFLEY, NEW RIVER ATHLETIC and SANDRIDGE ROVERS
* due to be played on Saturday 2nd November
NEW RIVER ATHLETIC v HATFIELD TOWN
BERKHAMSTED RAIDERS v LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES
SARRATT v BELSTONE
LONDON LIONS v BOVINGDON
OXHEY JETS RESERVES v CHIPPERFIELD CORINTHIANS
SANDRIDGE ROVERS v FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH
BISHOPS STORTFORD SWIFTS v HODDESDON TOWN RES or WARE SPORTS
WORMLEY ROVERS v CUFFLEY