On Saturday, Harefield United welcomed a record crowd of 497 to Preston Park for the final game of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One season.

A victory would mean the club had gone the whole league season unbeaten, something they would have in common with both Arsenal and Preston North End. Ahead of kick-off, both sides were welcomed through a guard of honour from the club’s youth players.

As soon as the action got underway, it was Harefield that would dominate possession for the opening 15 minutes of the game but were unable to find a way through the Hatfield defence. Hatfield were in poor form ahead of the game, having been relegated a few weeks back and being forced to play a defender in goal due to availability.
It wouldn’t be long before Harefield would show the killer instinct when from a corner Tash Jordan rose highest in the box and headed home with a powerful header and ran off towards the Harefield fans behind the goal. Ten minutes later, Sam Shaw would double Harefield’s lead when he ran through the Hatfield defence before slotting the ball past the Hatfield keeper and diminished their chances of a comeback.

As the second half started, it was Harefield who started the better of the teams and two minutes later from a free kick Lenny Farhall was the first to connect with the ball and slot the ball home past a helpless keeper. That goal by Lenny Farhall meant he ended the season on 36 goals from 38 games and beat his nearest challenger by over ten goals.

A wave of substitutions from both sides stopped the flow of the game, but just before the hour mark, Hatfield Town pulled a goal back, as from a free-kick they slotted the ball past the Harefield United keeper Jacob Ballheimer. The last 30 minutes of the game were full of possession for Harefield, who were looking to push on for a fourth before the final whistle but were unable to do so.

As the final whistle went, there was a pitch invasion by the club’s supporters, elated at the achievement this season. Once the celebrations had died down, the club were presented with their league championship and can next season look forward to playing Spartan South Midlands Premier football once again.

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