Horley Town 1 Hartley 2 Ross Cook and Sam Argent.
Post by nick vint - 17-09-2016, 23:01
A very much subdued and disjointed performance by the boys today, matched by the normally vocal supports who were also very quiet standing in the miserable weather, and it was very difficult for the teams to raise their game other than for a few minutes at a time.
It all started so brightly for Hartley when a long punt up the field was missed by their defence and gave Ross an easy header, and at that stage we were well on top with Duffers causing havoc down the left and putting their defence under all sorts of difficulties as we endeavoured to increase our lead, but we had to wait to nearly half time when a through ball on the right put Ross clear and his pinpoint cross all along the ground was swept home by Sam making us two up which we thoroughly deserved but alas with almost the last kick of the half a long throw from their excellent longball specialist, who created the most difficulty with his throwing throughout the match, after a scramble, a shot was diverted into the net by a Hartley player with Brads going the wrong way. So another one goal advantage at half time which did not do us justice for all our domination.
The second half was really a kind of non-event affair where most of the time the ball was headed backwards and forwards by both defences like playing ping-pong with the result that our composure and concentration went out of the window where we really only had spasmodic raids on their goal and only occasionally threatened to score. In the middle of the park poor Steve Laidler one could tell was getting more and more frustrated as all his efforts were in vain as the team just could not gel together and at times losing control of midfield, but fortunately Liam and Shane stood firm at the back and Brads was pretty commanding in goal we managed to hang onto another three points though we were way below par.
I don't know the reason why we struggle when we can be so dominant, but we switch off and become careless and frustrated at things not working out, but I think I am being too critical and spoilt thinking that last season's performances would be achieved this season, but hey ho so what we are still top and a win is a win in any circumstances and I am just being greedy and ungrateful as Tuffs would say!!
Two big games coming up this week at home, Tuesday in the Hampshire Cup against the holders Havant, and then on Saturday against Bedfont Sports who up to this weekend had been unbeaten in the league.