Hunt’s hat-trick sinks Langford

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A Harry Hunt hat-trick for Harpenden sank Langford 3-1 in the SSML Division One on Saturday.

Harpenden started the strongest of the teams, creating four good chances in as many minutes, but not taking any of them.

Langford looked like a team trying to play together for the first time, being restricted to a few breakaways, but not getting near to, or threatening the visitors’ goal.

Harpenden continued to play direct football with centre forward Hunt looking dangerous and he forced a great save from Marco De Lauri following a quick break. Then after 19 minutes Hunt was rewarded for his efforts, when the ball broke to him and he ran and slid his shot just inside the post 0-1.

This woke Langford up and they had a good spell with plenty of possession without threatening to score. Sean Murray passed to Stephen Brooks who burst through but was denied by a last ditch tackle. The resulting corner was headed wide by Sean Murray.

Harpenden attacked from the start of the second half but Langford quickly recovered, Nathan Mallett having a strong run. Then in the 55th minute a move started at the back by Allie Jaward crossed the midfield to Mallett, who passed up the right wing to Brooks, and he crossed for Sean Murray to volley home the equaliser.

Langford continued to play good passing football, which produced chances and saves from the Harpenden keeper. Then poor defending let the Reds down, again Hunt was forceful out wide gaining possession when the ball could easily been cleared, he cut inside and scored one on one with the keeper.

With three minutes to go, good play by Harpenden right winger Tom Collin put Hunt and in again, for his hattrick and Harpenden’s third.

The game played out with Langford playing the better football, and both teams creating chances, but neither really looking like scoring another goal.

Langford’s next match is away to Brimsdown (at Enfield Town’s ground) in SSML Division 1 on Saturday, October 24.

The Reserves’ next match is at home to Baldock Town Reserves in SSML Reserve Division South & East on October 24.

Full-time 1-3.

Langford: Marco De Lauri, David McGuinness, Ross Scotney, Allie Jaward, Craig Nield, Ryan Nicholl (capt), Nathan Mallet, Stephen Brooks, Sean Murray, Matt kenneford, Sam Evans.

Subs; George McMillan (used), Dean Walton, Ben Blower, Jack Brown.