BLUES marked the first home game of new boss Paul Halsey by coming from behind to beat Hadley 2-1 in the premier division of the Spartan South Midland League.
Saturday’s game sprung to life when Jack Bartlett put the visitors ahead on 47 minutes after climbing highest to guide in a powerful header.
It was the first goal the Blues had conceded in 267 minutes of league football.
Hertford equalised in the 67th minute.
Hadley keeper Russel Garland spilt a straight forward cross into the path of Tegena James, who converted.
The game swung in the Blues favour. Substitute Jim Martin was impressive on his debut, enjoying success down the right flank through his pace and trickery. Substitute Adam Lawton scored the winner in the 80th minute. His neat turn and finish beat Garland at his near post.
James said: “Obviously I’m glad to score the goal that got us back into it but I’m more pleased with the result. We’re all absolutely buzzing with the win.
“The new manager has come in and installed a bit more confidence. We’re going out there and playing for each other and we’re enjoying our football.
“The team spirit is literally sky high; it’s the highest it’s been since I’ve been here.”
Halsey said: “We showed real grit and determination to come from a goal behind against tough opposition.
“I thought it was a bit of a mixed match It was a poor first half, we didn’t work hard enough and we didn’t keep the ball long enough. The boys stepped it up a bit after going a goal down. Jim Martin did a job. He’s a clever little player who can play right back or right mid.”
It is now three league wins in a row for Hertford and Halsey is enjoying life at the Blues.
He added: “It’s a lovely club, obviously I’m a Ware boy but everyone’s been really friendly. The support has been fantastic, we had great support at Hoddesdon last Tuesday and the crowd really got behind the team again today.”
Promotion back to the Ryman League is the aim for next season but Paul, who has a wealth of non-league experience, knows it will take time to get things right.
He said: “This season is all about stabilising the team; I’m looking to possibly bring in a few new players as well. I want to build a strong foundation so we can challenge for the title next season.
“For the time being we need to work harder on set pieces. It’s all going to take time but the players are enjoying their football and we’ve got a little bit of a team spirit going which we need to keep up.”
Match report courtesy of The Hertfordshire Mercury
Photos © 2013 Matt Crook
|Tommy Wade||Yellow Card|
|Tegana James (TJ)||Goal|
|Jimmy Martin||Yellow CardSub|