Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Raynes Park Vale
Post by KOB - 12-02-2017, 11:02
Saturday 11th February ‘17
Combined Counties League – Premier Division
HARTLEY WINTNEY v RAYNES PARK VALE
Report by David Graham
Hartley further extended their lead at the top of the league with a resounding win over relegation threatened Raynes Park Vale. Playing in bitterly cold conditions the visitors made a solid start and took the lead on 11 minutes. Strong and skilful play down the left by Gabriel Adesina and Adam Roberts saw the ball break kindly for the latter and he smashed an unstoppable shot from 20 yards past Paul Strudley. (0-1).
Hartley responded and on the 17th minute a long throw from Steve Noakes was headed on by Shane Hollamby to Sam Argent, who saw his shot blocked. Two minutes later a free kick from Dean Stow found Ross Cook, whose shot was well saved by Tony Davies in the Vale goal.
The Row continued to knock at the door and on 25 minutes Ross Cook was brought down by a bad challenge on the edge of the penalty box which earned the Vale defender a booking. Cook took the free kick but his effort went past the post.
The visitors defended stoutly but on 40 minutes Ross Cook broke free down the middle, only to be denied by another poor tackle from behind just outside the penalty box. The Vale were relieved to see just a yellow card and not a red for the offending defender. Steve Duff took the free kick but his effort hit the wall.
Three minutes before half time the Row pulled level. Sam Argent set Ross Cook free down the middle and the striker rounded Davies before shooting into an empty net. (1-1)
HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 1 Raynes Park Vale 1
Hartley launched an attacking onslaught at the start of the second half which lasted until the final whistle. On 50 minutes a long pass from Steven Duff found Ross Cook, who ran on and fired across the face of the goal. Three minutes later, a good flowing move between Steven Duff and Sam Argent set up a chance for Ross Cook. The striker's parting effort brought an excellent stop from Tony Davies.
A minute later Hartley took the lead after a powerful run down the right wing by Dec Shuttleworth saw an accurate cross into the penalty box. Sam Argent was waiting and fired into the net from close range. (2-1)
Good interplay between Dean Stow and Sam Argent on 58 minutes set up Ross Cook, but again the striker was denied by another good save from Davies.
The onslaught continued against the beleaguered Vale defence, now down to ten after a Vale defender received his second yellow card, and on 65 minutes a fine individual run from Ross Cook saw his parting effort hit the post. Three minutes later Dean Stow created space and delivered a good cross which saw Steven Duff head wide. Stow was again in action on 71 minutes with another run down the right wing. He cut in and fired a low shot past Davies to increase the Row lead (3-1).
Four minutes later Hartley further increased their lead. Declan Shuttleworth made a powerful run through midfield and fired in a strong shot. Tony Davies could only parry and lively debutant substitute, Adam Liddle, pounced to fire home from close range. (4-1).
The Vale defence continued to work overtime and on 79 minutes Steven Duff’s corner found the head of Adam New, who saw his effort tipped onto the top of the crossbar and over by Davies. But five minutes later the Row added a fifth. Jack French created space in midfield and set up Sam Argent. The striker made space for himself before shooting past Davies and high into the roof of the net. (5-1)
On 86 minutes constant Hartley pressure saw a good Marc Vockins header saved. The ball was retrieved by the Row and Steven Duff made good progress down the right. His cross brought a bullet header from Sam Argent and goal number six. (6-1)
The last action saw Adam Liddle try an effort which brought a save from the overworked Tony Davies. Hartley Wintney now lead the division by 23 points in their quest to retain the title.
Not for the first time this season Hartley Wintney finished the match with very high fitness levels in the final 15 minutes. As well as the players, great credit must go to the Coach, Luke Tuffs, plus joint managers Anthony Millerick and Daniel Brownlie. [D Graham]
Hartley Wintney: Paul Strudley, Adam New, Dec Shuttleworth, Jack French, Steve Noakes, Shane Hollamby, Steven Duff, Ian Jones, Sam Argent (capt), Ross Cook, Dean Stow,
Subs: Jake Maddock, Marc Vockins (on for Dean Stow), Liam Eagle (on for Steve Noakes), Adam Liddle (on for Ross Cook), Louie Paget
Raynes Park Vale: Tony Davies, Jack Williamson, Nathan Lewis, Jerome Smart, Naseem Youngsam, Shane McEntaggert, Anthony Noulds, Chris.Nero, Reece Turner, Gabriel Adesina, Adam Roberts
Subs: James Norton, Jordan Ben, Billy Murphy, Tom Harland-Goddard