Walton Casuals v Hartley

Post by Mick - 12-01-2019, 20:48

Most of my comments tonight are regarding off the field activities, however and most importantly I wish a speedy recovery to Casuals Captain Joe Hicks who left the proceedings very early in the match. To their credit, Casuals played attractive football and created many one on one opportunities throughout that could have secured the points. Some quality goalkeeping from Sam Mason was key and he probably could not have dreamed of a debut performance such as that.
Off field - the Casuals fans were immense for 90 minutes with a varied repertoire of songs despite (evidently) a damaged drum stick - just loved the passion. The Club were great hosts and look forward to their visit to Hartley shortly.
Finally - the singing of the Hartley squad from the changing rooms afterwards told me as a fan, just how much it meant to them to compete effectively at this level. Have a great weekend guys! :-)
  • KOB

    12-01-2019, 21:15

    A big 3 points against a good Walton Casuals side that sat just above us in the league and move the ball quickly and have pace. And remembering it was on a 3G/4G surface, though we took to it well and our game suits it too... though the boys must have had to constantly adjust for no bobbles! We needed to defend well and take the few chances that came to us - it was a game where both defences made life tough for the attacking team. Walton clearly had a plan to get at us down both flanks, but once the ball came into the centre, Jack and Connor were very difficult to get passed. And agree Mick, Sam Mason, in for the injured Adam Desbois, had a very good game for us in goal. But my MOTM would have to be Sal Abubaker; pace, skill and confidence, and his goal was well deserved. Also a lovely move for our opening goal and lovely cool finish by Mitch.
    • VINTY

      13-01-2019, 10:08

      How expectations and attitudes can change in a week, because after the disappointment of the bad defeat last Saturday by Basingstoke, midweek we returned to Basingstoke to thump them and then yesterday with a determined, gutsy and resilient performance from the whole team against a very talented Casuals side, who it has to be said created and missed several chances to get something out of the game, the lads came out in the end on top and judging by their reaction after the game in the dressing room they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Even Millers, who was very subdued last week, managed a smile and joined in!!
      It was great to see us score in the first five minutes with a great goal from Mitch who swiveled and smashed the ball home, although in the build up unfortunately their skipper suffered a broken leg and I am sure we all the club wish his a speedy and successful recovery. From then on it was end to end stuff for the rest of the game, but I am sure that Sam Mason, who was deputizing in goal, did not expect to get the amount of shots which he excellently saved and did not put a foot wrong all afternoon. Even after we got the second to ease the pressure slightly the Casuals still pounded forward and pulled one back but our back four stood firm, with Connor Gales especially playing well for his first league game, alongside Bally, Duffy and the skipper, but as I say this was a team performance, 100 per cent, which will stand out as one of our best displays of the season especially so when we had to play on an artificial pitch, which is always easier for the home side -- bloody brilliant lads. Lets hope we can keep the momentum going because next week is a toughie, a home game against Salisbury -- I am sure we will get something out of it. UP THE ROW