Match Report: Chertsey Town v Hartley Wintney
Post by KOB - 01-04-2017, 19:40
Saturday 1st April ‘17
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
CHERTSEY TOWN v HARTLEY WINTNEY
Report by David Graham
Hartley Wintney are the champions of the Combined Counties League Premier Division following a scoreless draw at Chertsey.
The day was all about crossing the line and first up were Toni and Colin Charlton. The popular Hartley couple arrived at Alwyns Lane to rapturous applause from the Hartley players and followers. They had completed a sponsored walk from Hartley to Chertsey to raise funds for ground development.
Hartley Wintney were hoping to make it third time lucky after being thwarted in the two previous weeks in their quest to retain the title. Both sides struggled badly to cope with a very uneven surface from the outset.
The first chance went to the hosts when a long clearance caught out the Row’s defence, leaving Joel Thompson with a clear run in on goal. However, Adam New managed to get back and block the striker's goal-bound effort.
Hartley’s first effort came on 16 minutes when a free kick from Dean Stow found the head of Liam Eagle, whose effort went wide. The Row managed a further effort on 31 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared. The ball was retrieved by Louie Paget and his long range effort went just past the post.
A minute later the Curfews were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Jack Wadmore hit a fierce shot goalward which Paul Strudley did well to tip over the bar.
HALF TIME: Chertsey Town 0 Hartley Wintney 0
Hartley started the second half on top and on 54 minutes a Dean Stow corner caused problems, before the ball eventually went wide. On 60 minutes a good move down the right saw an accurate cross from Luke Perkins headed wide by Dean Stow when well placed.
The Row continued to press and a further chance came on 65 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Dean Stow’s well struck shot brought an excellent stop from the Curfews’s keeper, Joe Gannon, who pushed the ball over the bar.
With around 10 minutes left, the Chertsey keeper handled the ball outside the area, giving the Row a free kick chance on the edge of the box. Dean Stow took the kick but was high with his effort.
Moving into the last five minutes, and with the Row closing in on crossing the line as champions, things became very nervy. A long clearance on 86 minutes deceived the Hartley defence and Tom Walsh was forced to haul down a Curfews forward in full flight. The result was a second yellow card from referee Rachel Marlow. This was followed by a red card and Hartley were down to ten men. The subsequent free kick on the edge of the box was blocked by the Hartley wall.
Chertsey continued to force the pace and in the third minute of added time were awarded a free kick on the left wing. The dangerous in-swinging kick was well held under considerable pressure by Paul Strudley. Soon afterwards the full time whistle sounded and the Row players, managers and coaches were in celebration mode. [D Graham]
Full Time: CHERTSEY TOWN 0 HARTLEY WINTNEY 0
CHERTSEY TOWN: Joe Gannon, Steve Newman, Ben Geraghty, Jack Wadmore, Tommy Batten, Emmanuel Akiotu, Shelton Gooden, Joe Jones, John Pomroy, Joel Thompson, Jamie Ross.
Subs: Lewis Taylor (used), Conner Cullen (used), Connor Young, James Cartwright, Joe Adoo-Peters (used)
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Tom Walsh, Jack French, Liam Eagle, Adam New, Luke Perkins, Ian Jones, Adam Liddle, Shane Hollamby, Dean Stow.
Subs: Dio Pipero (for Luke Perkins), Aaron Parfitt (for Jack French), Charlie Bath, Julian Sills, Jake Maddock
Much of Hartley’s success comes from a very high work ethic throughout the team. In the latter games the defensive players have all played well and this helped them cross the line. However the goal scoring abilities of the side has been exceptional; most especially Sam Argent, the team captain. Ross Cook also found the net on many occasions and his periods of enforced inactivity is a source of regret by all at the club.
The players, team managers, coach and physio are a close knit unit and the team spirit has always been high. To them considerable credit must be given.
Off the pitch has been no less successful, with the fantastic work carried out to achieve ground grading. Definitely a halcyon season for the Row.