Hat­ters fans can be proud of them­selves

Stockport Express - - Sport - FAN’S VIEW IAN DOO­LEY

THE dream is over, for another sea­son at least. I sup­pose it was too much to ask for another Yeovil per­for­mance but the day be­longed to the trav­el­ling faith­ful, who rose to the chal­lenge, so here’s to the 1800 that made it to the “Hive” – it was just like the old days and I salute you all.

For the early morn­ing start, for the gath­er­ing at Wat­ford Gap ser­vices, to the noise and the shear out­num­ber­ing of the lo­cals, the re­sult didn’t go our way but it was a day that will live long in the mem­ory.

On the pitch we didn’t dis­grace our­selves ei­ther.

For large parts of the game, the sec­ond half in par­tic­u­lar, we had more than our fair share of the ball, we just lacked a lit­tle bit of nous/com­po­sure/ luck in the op­po­si­tion box.

Bar­net didn’t look like a team from a higher divi­sion, if you were a neu­tral (there was at least one from the BBC) you’d have been hard pressed to pick the team from the Va­narama North.

The lads held their own and the fact that the only goal of the game came when Ash Palmer had been or­dered off the pitch due to a blood in­jury and the rest of the de­fence were still re­or­gan­is­ing them­selves was a hard pill to swal­low.

Ash was im­mense even when ban­daged up he won ev­ery ball that came his way, he was miss­ing for a minute and the Bees cap­i­talised while for the rest of the game our de­fence held strong and de­nied the Lon­don­ers.

I’d go as far to say that Ben Hinch­liffe had far more to do against Chor­ley, and we won that 3-0.

Our prob­lem was up front, we missed Duxbury and his runs down the left and his sub­se­quent crosses, Mini­han, Stephen­son and Thomas all tried but we lacked a lit­tle cohesion when we did get the ball over, even then it was gen­er­ally cleared by their big num­ber 26, Sweeney, who must have been their man of the match by a coun­try mile, sim­ply due to the amount of County chances he dealt with.

As the game wore on the home team re­sorted to the time wast­ing we’ve all grown ac­cus­tomed to but the County tried and tried to get some­thing out of the it, ul­ti­mately to no avail.

So what have we learned?

Abil­ity-wise, the lads aren’t too far from the teams in a higher divi­sion and the sup­port is bloody awe­some, you should be proud of your­selves.

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