Denaby Utd – Hatfield Main 2 Denaby 2 – Points Shared     

18 November 1967

South Yorkshire Times November 18, 1967

Denaby Share Points     

Hatfield Main 2 Denaby United 2            

There were many times when Denaby United could have won their Yorkshire League match against Hatfield Main. Hatfield are one of the strongest home teams in the league and the 2-2 draw reflects great credit on Denaby for giving as good as they received and more in a late second-half rally.

Incessant attacks in the last ten minutes necessitated ten Hatfield men packing their penalty area on some occasions.

Centre-half Hardy was the mainstay of the home team and his sole efforts thwarted many a dangerous excursion up front by Denaby. Their full-backs by comparison had a harassing time with Cooper’s speed accounting for White and Launders’ ball control upsetting Parlett. Denaby’s defence did not have a field day by any means but the wanderings of Haydon and Shackleton did not have the same success as they are used to and Colin Parker distinguished himself as much as his opposite number.              .

Dubious Penalty

Only for a ten minute spelt did Denaby look suspect — immediately after Hatfield equalised a fourth minute goal by Cooper from a suspect looking penalty decision by referee Marriot converted by Hansboro until Brian Parker restored Denaby`s lead in the 36th minute.

Hansboro substituted for Mason who was crippled in the tenth minute.

Shackleton added Hatfield’s second in the 50th minute.

A final word must be said about the refereeing of Mr. Marriott which caused justifiable complaints from both Hatfield and Denaby players and supporters. His decisions seemed so futile in the later stages of the game, that it spoiled a really grandstand finish and it was incredulous when Launders was fouled yet had his name taken for the same incident.

Teams and ratings;

Hatfield: Howe 6, Parlett 7, White 6; Mason 6 (sub Hansboro 7), Hardy 8, Smith 7; Shackleton 7, Allot 6, Hickson 6, Hayon 8, Womack 6.

Denaby: G.Smith 7; Wiggles 7,, Aiscough 6; Pettit. 6, C. Parker 8, Wood 7, Cooper 7, Whittaker 8, B Parker 6„ M. Smith 7, Launders 7.

Referee Mr. W. A, Marriott (Kiveton)