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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
  • Mick

    12-02-2017, 11:53

    Excellent work again from Mick the Physio as well - he had some patching up to do on Jonesy to get him back into action yesterday. The bar and food facilities were top notch and Elayne and Luke took great care of the hosting amongst all their other tasks. The new concrete path is looking the biz. The Row is truly an awesome place to be on match days! :-)
  • KOB

    12-02-2017, 11:34

    Reading David's notes emphasised how many chances we created in a game where we started with a good tempo but lacking a little concentration perhaps. Shane was more vocal than I'd heard him for a long while, and his overall performance at the centre of defence alongside the typically vocal Noakesy deserved his MOTM reward - there were a few occasions where his cool head was needed. But in truth I wouldn't imagine any of us on the sidelines doubted we'd overcome a particularly spirited RPV after their win against Knaphill, even after we went behind to a very well taken goal. And David is spot on about our fitness levels and the way we kept going to the end - the boys seem to respond to the encouragement given from the sidelines - not least Duffs, who had a superb game - and that was much appreciated.

    Congratulations to youth team player Adam Liddle who made his debut for the first team, coming on for Ross in the second half, looking composed on the ball but also very lively and capping it with a sharp close range finish for his debut goal.

    Once again Dec Shuttleworth was very impressive, this time in a right wingback role rather than defensive fullback as on Tuesday night. I have to admit I was a little concerned at how often he ventured forward in the first half, leaving Steve Noakes to cover, but it's difficult to argue how effective it was after the assists he chalked up in the second half.

    It was a plucky effort from the visitors and 6-1 was a little harsh on them. At 2-1 they clearly still had belief and kept going even after losing a player to a second yellow, but after our third it was game over. We were relentless and our second half performance was very good. Well done boys.
    • Millers

      13-02-2017, 13:46

      Haha thank you Nick - I'm honoured to be initiated into the friday club, above all else clearly my biggest achievement since joining the club....first of many I hope!
      I think we are all in agreeance that Hartley is a great place to be right now, whether you are a player, manager, supporter or a groundhopper the football on show is a delight. Credit to the players who go out each week and for the most part play some excellent stuff, score some fantastic goals and keep us all entertained (I can't remember a season that I have enjoyed so much)! The players remain focused in bringing further success to the club and will play with the same desire/focus throughout. Its vitally important that all of us savour this time as this is a rarity in football.
      Despite our lofty position we remain determined to go out and win every game we play starting tomorrow night against Knaphill.
      Thank you all for your continued support, it never goes unnoticed!
    • nick vint

      12-02-2017, 20:26

      Fantastic second half performance from the lads after they changed from hitting high balls into the area into keeping the ball more on the deck and piercing their defence time and time again with some great football ---- just another great performance by the whole team, and the the icing on the cake was Sam's fiftieth goal of the season --- I cannot remember in the last 40 odd years anyone getting close to that with at least another dozen games to go!!!!
      On the social side it was nice to see Millers being initiated into the Friday afternoon/evening Club; only time will tell whether he can keep up the pace!

      Another cup game Tuesday night against Knaphill in the Aldershot Cup; its a long long time since we have won that, we need a good crowd to get behind the lads there.
      Wednesday sees the Youth Team play Portsmouth Academy in the semi-final of the Hants youth cup. We need another big crowd to get behind them in their quest to get to the final.
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