A disappointing start to our league campaign saw the Blues go down 2-4 against a Hatfield side that narrowly avoided relegation last season. Hertford Town wasted good chances before Hatfield took the lead on 22mins from a corner which was headed past Harry Ricketts completely unchallenged from the home defence. A soft penalty was given to The Blues just 10mins later by the referee following a perfectly good sliding challenge on Alex Teniola but after consultation with the matchday linesman, he changed his mind and awarded a corner instead. Hatfield extended their lead and went into the interval 2-0 up.
The 2nd half saw a change from Marvin Samuel with Tommy Wade moving into attack with newbie Kemal Salmon replacing him in the centre of defence at the expense of Alex Teniola. Chris Hall-Ramsey sent an early corner into the 6-yrd box and Tommy Wade headed home to pull one back for The Blues just 4 minutes after the restart. Hertford then equalised on 69mins following a long throw from Mark Summers into the box ricocheted off several players before Kardan Campbell knocked the ball down for Bradley Fraser to smash home in front of The Stable End Massive.
Two defensive errors in three minutes allowed the visitors to take a 4-2 lead which they held until the final whistle.
The Blues have the chance for redemption on Tuesday night against Stotfold at 7.45pm in the league before we begin our FA Cup campaign against Colney Heath next Saturday at 3pm.
Match Report by Col Mason
Photos © 2013 Wendy Mason
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