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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Kempston Rovers

Post by KOB - 10-09-2017, 09:43

Saturday 9th September ‘17
Evo-Stik South League - East Division
HARTLEY WINTNEY v KEMPSTON ROVERS
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney put on a 'late late show' to steal the points after a very even match with Kempston Rovers.

The Row started strongly and on 3 minutes a Dean Stow free kick on the left saw Adam New rise highest, but the young defender’s header went past the post. On 10 minutes, Hartley came even closer when a corner from Adam Everiss was headed back across the goal by Sam Argent and a Steve Noakes header at full stretch went just wide.

The Rovers came into the game and on 17 minutes Damon Herbert on the left set up a chance for Jake Newman; the striker saw his strong shot from 20 yards well saved by Paul Strudley.

On 29 minutes, a corner on the left by Dean Stow found the head of Steven Duff, who saw his effort saved by Martin Conway in the Rovers goal. Almost immediately, Rovers had a chance at the other end when Sam Johnson and Jake Newman combined to create a chance for the latter. Paul Strudley was well positioned to save the striker's effort.
Half Time: Hartley Wintney 0 Kempston Rovers 0

Kempston started the brighter and took the lead on 53 minutes. Ash Fuller on the left set up George Boland and the midfielder sent in a rasping drive from 25 yards which beat the diving Strudley (0-1).

The Row were finding it difficult to make an impression but a chance fell to them on 66 minutes. Following a rare error in the Rovers' defence, Paul Hodges managed to get free for a ‘one-on-one’ with Martin Conway. The Row striker's parting shot went just past the post.

Two minutes later, Kempston sprung Hartley’s offside trap following a clever run from Ash Fuller down the right. The winger's cross gave Jake Newman a chance but the striker’s low shot was well saved by Paul Strudley.

On 75 minutes, Paul Hodges created a chance for himself but saw his parting effort go straight to Conway in the Rovers goal. Hartley brought on substitutes Parfitt and Perkins to try to salvage the match, and in the 89th minute, after a spell of pressure, the Row were awarded a free kick for a foul on Sam Argent some 25 yards out. Steven Duff’s powerful shot was on target and keeper Conway was unable to hold the ball, which spilled out from his grasp. Paul Hodges, following up, scored (1-1).

The Row pressed forward in added time and forced a corner on the right. Dean Stow’s flag kick was only partially cleared to Aaron Parfitt, who sent in a fierce shot-come-cross which looked to be going wide. However, Adam New, in acrobat style, managed to get his head to the ball, which found its way into the roof of the net (2-1).

There was still time for more action. On the fourth minute of added time, the Rovers had a chance when Strudley, sliding on the wet turf, carried the ball outside the penalty box. The free kick on the 18 yard line was blocked and cleared, giving the Row an unlikely win. [D Graham]
Full time: Hartley Wintney 2 Kempston Rovers 1

Man of the Match: Adam New

Hartley Wintney: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Dean Stow, Joe Paris, Steve Noakes, Adam New, Jack French, Adam Everiss, Sam Argent, Paul Hodges, Steven Duff.
Subs: Aaron Parfitt (for Joe Paris), Bi-Le Smith, James Tennant, Luke Perkins (for Adam Everiss).

Kempston Rovers: Martin Conway, Kyal McNulty, Damon Herbert, Robbie Goodman, Seb Simpson, Grant Fryer, Ben Shepherd, George Boland, Jake Newman, Sam Johnson, Ash Fuller.
Subs: Michael Lyon, Nathan Tshikuna, Adam Moussi, Jermaine Ivy, Hateley Mercer

After the game, David spoke with Hartley joint first team manager, Anthony Millerick, and coach Luke Tuffs.
"I feel this was a good win against a good team, in a very close game with little between the teams," said Millers, "and I'm delighted with the way the team battled to the end and ultimately getting the result."

"The team has shown again a great team spirit," added first team coach, Luke Tuffs. "Kempston were very well set up defensively and gave our strikers very little room. For the third time this season we have scored very late goals to get results. This shows good spirit and obviously we're very pleased with the result."
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