Harpenden Town back on the winning trail after Hatfield success

Harpenden players congratulate Harry Hunt after his opening goal against Hatfield Town. Picture: MEL

Harpenden players congratulate Harry Hunt after his opening goal against Hatfield Town. Picture: MELISSA PAGE - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town got back to winning ways in the league with a 3-1 success at home to Hatfield Town.

While victories have continued to come in cup competitions, the result ended a run of four straight Spartan South Midlands League defeats, stretching back to October.

Harry Hunt bagged two and Joe Inman one as Town moved into seventh in the Division One table.

The one blackmark on the day was what looked like a serious back injury to Sean Givenaud.

Manager Danny Plumb was please that his side managed to overcome the muddy pitch and secure the win.

He said: “The pitch made conditions really awkward and that’s how Hatfield got their goal as defenders lost their footing.

“But I thought our players put in some good performances and with players coming back I thought we did really well.

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“Now we need consistency to get up the table.”

Harpenden took the lead after just five minutes when Tom Collin threaded a ball through to Hunt and the sriker slotted the ball away from a tight angle.

Their second came as something of a surprise. A cross from Inman was just too high for Jimmy Warner but curled into the corner of the net with the keeper stranded.

Hatfield clawed one back after 72 minutes but Hunt made the game safe five minutes from time, scrambling home after his initial header was stopped on the line.

Harpenden’s next game sees Wodson Park come to Rothamstead Park on Monday and the club are hoping for a bumper crowd.

To help with that they are running a pay-what-you-want-or-can-afford scheme on the gate. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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