ACCRINGTON STANLEY’S four-goal FA Cup hero Will Hatfield is hoping that haul can be the catalyst for more goals ahead of tonight’s League Two trip to Morecambe, writes Alex James
Hatfield inspired Stanley to a 4-1 win at AFC Fylde in the FA Cup first round on Saturday and is now targeting more of the same having finally broken his goalscoring duck stretching back to March.
Although the former Leeds trainee was quick to point out that to find the net on a regular basis, he first must command a place in the starting line-up.
“Obviously I want to play as much as I can and goals help you stay in the team,” he told Stanley’s website. “I am not going to get carried away. “My goals came at the right time for the team and to come away with a 4-1 win and for me to score four goals was a dream. “It was my first professional hat-trick, it’s a day I will remember for a long time.
“Towards the end of last season I scored a couple of goals and I wanted to come into this season and score a few more.
“All our focus is on tonight and hopefully I will be involved and we can get a good result.”
The 21-year-old added of Saturday’s cup success, which brought a home tie with Oxford in round two: “I’m just chuffed for everyone to be honest and it’s good for the club as well. “Fylde were a good team and a strong outfit but the class showed throughout the game. I thought the fans were fantastic throughout the game.”
Meanwhile, Stanley boss Leam Richardson has declared there will be chances for all his players – despite looking likely to maintain the same XI for a third game in a row when his squad travel to Morecambe tonight.
Richardson oversaw a league win against Bristol Rovers while in caretaker charge and his first official game in the dugout yielded the 4-1 FA Cup victory.
The Stanley boss was full of praise for his side after avoiding a potential cup banana skin and is now looking to climb the league table – starting with three points at the Globe Arena.
“It’s a long season,” he said. “We still have the same goals and aspirations and try and win as many games as possible. No matter what team goes out and what team wins, there is a good squad there and they will all get the chance to play. “Every win is hard and as long as you apply yourself correctly you shouldn’t have a problem.”
Meanwhile Morecambe, who remain in the FA Cup after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rochdale with a tie at Coventry awaiting the winners, will be searching for a victory that would take them above Stanley in the table.