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Hartley 2 v Havant & Waterlooville 1

Post by KOB - 21-09-2016, 09:52

Well, not too shabby boys, not too shabby at all. We put out the Hampshire Senior Cup holders, a team sitting third in the Ryman Premier League and coming off eight straight wins in league and FA cup.

We got off to a blistering start and could have netted three in the first 8 minutes and the only disappointment from a terrific first half performance was the lack of anything to show for it. That was put right five minutes into the second half when a mistake let in Ross Cook and his half blocked shot found its way across the line to give us a much deserved lead. I thought that would be the kick up the arse that would spark the visitors into action, but it almost seemed as if they felt it would just happen for them. Meanwhile we were still flying at them going forward, winning a lot of the midfield tussles, and defending strongly across the back, giving keeper Jake Maddock not too much to do. Jake's handling, when required, was superb all night, as was his kicking.

Six minutes after his first, a terrific through ball set Ross on his way and his pace and finish was top draw. 2-0 and now Havant began to wake up. Pre-match, Hawks manager, Lee Bradbury, had said "Tomorrow I shall be playing a strong squad.... there will be a couple of changes but it will be a strong line up, we want to win the game and progress, obviously we are the holders of the Hampshire Senior Cup and I want that to continue." According to their match report, Lee made 10 changes from Saturday's squad. He had also said "...we will go to Hartney (sic) Wintney and give them respect". I bet he now wishes he'd stuck to his original plan and made just 'a couple of changes'.

He may have rested some of his first team players and we have to recognise that played a part in the way the game played out, but this was still a strong squad and the substitutions he introduced at two down began to make a difference, with our boys having worked so hard for an hour and beginning to feel it. But to their immense credit they kept working hard and it wasn't until the 86th minute that on-form Matt Paterson off the bench brought the visitors closer. Havant had 3 or 4 chances in the last few minutes - in fact they had more shots in the last 10 minutes than through the whole of the previous 80 - but great closing down by Liam and Shane, Steve Laidler and Dean Stow, made them snatch at their chances and the boys deservedly saw it out for a memorable win, revenging the defeat last time we played Havant at Green Lane a few seasons back in the same competition.

It was another of those "I was there" games served up to us by the boys and they were magnificent. No one deserves not to get a mention, so I'll just list the line-up. Well done every one of you.

Jake Maddock, Adam New, Louie Paget, Steve Laidler, Liam Eagle, Shane Hollamby, Steve Duff, Dean Stow, Sam Argent (capt), Ross Cook, Adam Everiss. Subs used: Julian Sills, Calum Eagle
  • Hartley Row

    21-09-2016, 11:09

    Have to agree with KOB that it was a mignificent team effort. The MoM award to Louie could have gone to any number of players. However I think the award was deserved in recognition of his continually improving performances. Well done boys!
    • nick vint

      21-09-2016, 18:12

      Absolutely magnifico!!! I know my report was miserable on Saturday but the way the lads reacted tonight showed that the 100 per cent commitment was still there and the way they went about it was a revelation from Jake in goal up to Sam upfront. I disagree with Kevin because if we had been three up in the first ten minutes they would have just capitulated psychologically
      and mentally and I think we would have had a hatful!!! Anyway fantastic performance --- easily the best of the season and more to come!!!!
    • KOB

      21-09-2016, 14:00

      Really pleased for Louie getting MotM. I left as the decision was still being mulled over because, as Luke rightly says, several players were in the hat for it. The way Louie Paget has come on has greatly impressed me over the games I've seen this season, and it's to his great credit that he has slotted into the first team so seamlessly.

      One thing I forgot to add first time round was what I feel might have been the strangely positive psychological factor of having gone in at HT still 0-0. Havant, as Dan says in his match report, may have believed the game would settle down into a rhythm they'd then control, and perhaps they still believed that at HT. Had we gone in 1 or 2 up - as we surely might have - and Lee had given his players a blasting and perhaps made changes then, might the outcome have been different? Who knows, but players' attitudes often dictate how they play. Our attitude was bang on the mark all night from the first touch to the last.
    • RAB

      21-09-2016, 13:25

      Well done Lads! The whole Team were immense.
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