Basingstoke 1 Hartley Wintney 4

Post by Duncan - 08-01-2019, 23:02

A great evening's football sees Hartley into the Quarter Finals of the League Cup - with a home tie against Salisbury or Blackfield & Langley at the end of January... Looking at the teams left in this competition then this has to be a real chance of winning a piece of silverware. And on tonight's performance that is definitely achievable.

There were great performances across the pitch - Nathan Smart I thought had a very solid performance with only two goal hero Salhin Abubakar pipping him to be my man of the match. Good to see Craig Bradshaw back between the sticks enjoying his football - Bradders pulled off some great saves with none better than his stop to deny Dean Stow from the penalty spot midway through the second half with the tie finely balanced at 2-1.

A performance to warm the soul on a cold evening at a very bleak Camrose. And Saturday's blip nicely tucked away.... Connor Gales added strength to our defence on his season's debut - and Harry Woodward and Reece Wylie in their cameo spells on the pitch showed that we have yet more strength in depth in the youngsters we have pulling on the orange shirt. Josh Webb showed Stowie how to score from a free kick with an excellent opener on 20 minutes; with Mickel Platt adding our second five minutes later after good interplay.

Well done - all in all a superb team performance !!

CSS League Challenge Cup Update:

Into the semi finals this evening after winning their quarter finals go Cinderford and Stratford Town

Quarter Finals (to be played):
Hartley Wintney -v- Salisbury/Blackfield & Langley

Royston Town/Biggleswade Town/Lowestoft Town -v- Berkhamsted
  • Duncan

    08-01-2019, 23:12

    Of course I meant to say it was Sam Deadfield who missed the penalty for Basingstoke, not Dean Stow - anyway he was wearing blue at the other end of the pitch and Bradders still saved it !!
    • VINTY

      09-01-2019, 14:53

      Thanks for a great report Duncan, hope to see many more.
      I know I was a bit critical after last Saturday's performance,
      but it was more down to disappointment after being away and hearing how well the lads had played against Taunton and Poole and Swindon etc, and that I hoped it was just a blip. But judging from last night's performance, and Millers said there would be changes made, as indeed there were. so the management came up trumps again, the lads played brilliantly, with the new faces smiling brightly.
      and deserve all the plaudits going. Fantastic result and cannot wait to see how they get on on Saturday!! UP THE ROW
    • KOB

      09-01-2019, 10:07

      The 3 lost points from Saturday's derby still hurts, but all the boys could do last night was put in a strong performance and work to achieve a good result, which they certainly did. Makes it all square at 2 wins apiece from the 4 encounters - doubtful we'll meet again this season... unless we both make the play-offs!

      When I saw Craig was in goal the first thing I thought was the 'banter' he'd have with the 'stoke fans behind his goal - was almost sorry for the fans; gives as good as he gets does Bradders, and a very good performance from the big man. But perhaps most of all it's seeing the pace and energy across the pitch from the younger players, something we clearly lacked a couple of months back when poor Webby was running himself ragged alongside Frenchy while one or two others lit the proverbial cigar. Again, got to tip the hat in the direction of Millers, Turks and Tuffs for making the big decisions when needed.

      Well done boys.