With every other Division One league match being called off on Saturday, a win for the Sun would mean a guaranteed second place spot for at least a week.
But an hour before kick off and manager Sam “Duffman” Duff had a headache brewing, with Andy Brennan elsewhere, Jack Robertson still at work and George Hobson calling in to say that he had a puncture while picking up Dom David.
But thankfully Jacko was able to make it in time, and George and Dom arrived just before kick off and were on the bench.
The match was a tight affair from the kick off, with both sides having limited chances, until a Sun ball wasn’t cleared properly and Hatfield Social took the lead after 12 minutes.
But unlike last Saturday, the Sun rolled their sleeves up and fought back, the first decent attempt on goal came surprisingly from centre back Gary Wallace, whose shot was hit low and hard but was saved by the Social keeper.
While George Hobson was on the bench, the free kick duties were given to Youssef Enajar, who certainly has an eye for goal and gave the Social goalie an awkward shot to save which he palmed over the bar.
Lewis Craze then went down for a penalty claim which fell on deaf ears, although a lesser challenge was awarded for the Sun last week!
Youssef was the main man in midfield, running the show, and if this is what he like now, it makes you wonder how far he can go for the future.
Jack Robertson was found surrounded by defenders, as he tried to turn with the ball, he laid it back to Paolo Deritis, who hit it first time and again the keeper did well to keep the ball out.
A high ball from a Enajar free kick was floated in deep and the Hatfield keeper had to be on his toes to tip another chance over the crossbar, and as the game edged closer to half time young Youssef had another free kick attempt which found a hole in the wall but yet again, that bleedin’ keeper was there to get a hand to the ball.
After the break, Dom David came on to give the Hatfield defence more problems, but not before the Blues went close from a corner.
Josh Connolly found his touch in the second half and when he ran at the defence, they couldn’t handle him. From a break down the right, Josh dodged a defender and tried to find Dom David in the middle, but the Hatfield shot stopper got in the way to deflect the cross.
A goal surely had to come, and it finally did when, from a deep Enajar corner, Dan Regan headed the ball which looped up and under the bar.
As you may be able to tell from the report, the Sun had a few free kicks during the game, which were due to a mixture of the weather, the slippery conditions, and to be honest, some rather reckless challenges.
And it was from yet another one that the ref gave out a red card to a Hatfield Social player for a second bookable offence.
The Sun started to pick up the pace and Lewis Craze passed the ball out to Dom David, who, after beating a couple of Hatfield players, floated the ball across field finding Dan Regan whose first time left foot cross came back to Dom David, whose hip high volley went just wide of the post.
By this time George Hobson was on the field of play and, as they did in the “old Spartan days”, linked up well with Dom David as he put him through on a one to one with the keeper, but Dom didn’t do the damage on that occasion, and once again the Hatfield keeper kept his side in the game.
Josh Connolly again went on the rampage, pushing forward at every opportunity, he saw Dom in space over on the left and laid the ball onto him for his cross to find George Hobson, who slipped as he shot and the ball flew into the net.
2-1 to the Sun and now they needed to kill off the game to stop any Hatfield comeback.
Dom was again with the ball at his feet and he lashed a hard shot from outside the area but the Hatfield goalie got down well to his left and diverted the ball onto the post and away.
A cheeky chip from Hobson found Craze, who made a quick one – two with Josh Connolly and then struck the ball low and into the Hatfield goal to make it 3-1.
Hobson fancied getting back on the scoresheet and stung the keeper’s hands for yet another attempt on goal.
From the corner the ball found Gary Wallace who hit the perfect header to glide in and make it 4-1 and game over.
But Hatfield had another chance near the end of the match and pulled a goal back from another uncleared clearance to bring the final score to 4-2 to the Sun.
Next up is the big one!!
Second placed Sun Sports will host table topping Bovingdon Reserves next Saturday at Aldenham Road in the first of three clashes again Bovingdon sides.
Kick off will be 2.30, don’t miss out on the match of the day in the Herts County League Division One.