Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Basingstoke Town, league

Post by KOB - 06-01-2019, 14:24

Hartley Wintney v Basingstoke Town, Evo-Stik League South, Premier South. Saturday 5th January 2019
Report by David Graham

Basingstoke Town gained a deserved win in the North Hampshire derby courtesy of two second half goals.

It was the Row who had the first chance on 2 minutes when a Jack French corner on the right found the head of Mickel Platt who headed narrowly wide.

The Dragons quickly took a grip on the game, however, and Zidan Akers had three chances in a row to open the scoring. On 5 minutes he had an effort well saved by Adam Desbois. Two minutes later, a move down the right created a shot for Akers which was parried by Desbois and the follow-up from Sam Argent was blocked by Row defenders, with Nathan Smart clearing off the line. On 11 minutes, Akers tried his luck again, after being set-up by Sam Argent, but once again Desbois produced a good stop.

Play evened up as the half progressed. Yet another effort was notched by Akers when, from a centre, he shot past the post. The Row mustered an overdue effort on target when Mitchell Parker's shot was saved by the well positioned Colm McAdden.

On the stroke of half-time, Sam Smart made good progress down the left and his cross found Akers, who was unlucky to see his flick go just past the post.

HT: HARTLEY 0 BASINGSTOKE TOWN 0

The 'stoke started the better in the second period and, on 50 minutes from a short corner on the left, a chance was created for Sam Argent who fired narrowly wide.

On 58 minutes the Row had a sight at goal when a long ball found Mitchell Parker, but the home striker shot wide. Four minutes later Basingstoke took the lead. Loose play in midfield by the Row enabled 'stoke substitute, Aaron Redford, to feed Sam Smart on the right. The winger made his way into the penalty box before unleashing a fine shot from a difficult angle which went into the net off the underside of the crossbar. (0-1)

Things got better for the Dragons three minutes later, on 65 minutes. Hartley lost possession on the right of midfield. The ball was quickly moved through to Harry Pearse and he ran on and shot low past Desbois. (0-2)

Hartley had a chance on 79 minutes when good play by Joe Felix down the left saw the full-back find Parker, but his effort was comfortably saved by McAddan in the 'stoke goal.

On 83 minutes, a quick break by Basingstoke gave the visitors a good chance, but the winger's shot was saved by Desbois. Hartley should have then recorded a goal on 85 minutes. A spell of pressure saw Josh Webb head down to substitute Mikey Campbell, whose shot was off target from close range.

The visitors had the final chance, in added time, when Oliver Harris managed to get free on a breakaway. The substitute saw his parting effort well saved by Desbois. Basingstoke held on for a deserved win, helping to boost their efforts to move away from the lower reaches of the league table.

FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 0 BASINGSTOKE TOWN 2

Attendance: 451
Entertainment: 2/5
Man of the Match: SAM SMART (Basingstoke Town)
Hartley Man of the Match: ADAM DESBOIS

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Joe Felix, Louie Paget, Jack Ball, Nathan Smart, Josh Webb, Jack French, Dan Stewart, Mitchell Parker, Mickel Platt, Marley Ridge.
Subs: Hadda Zongo, Tyron Smith, Salhin Abubakar, Romario Hart (on), Michael Campbell (on)

BASINGSTOKE TOWN: Colm McAdden, Dean Stow, Rob Gerrard, Charlie Kennedy, Dan Bayliss, Dan Collier, Sam Smart, Harry Pearse, Sam Argent, Sam Deadfield, Zidan Akers.
Subs: James Orvis, Drew Matthews, Shane Hollamby (on), Aaron Redford (on), Oliver Harris (on)

After the game, David spoke with Hartley joint manager, Anthony Millerick.

"All in all it was a 'bad day at the office'. We didn't do any of the positive things we have been doing in our recent games, we didn't show any tempo or urgency, and Basingstoke were full value for the win. They outworked us during the match.
"I feel we let ourselves down today," Millers continued, "but, moving forward, we must show character for the remaining matches in the season."