Match Report: Hartley Wintney v AFC Dunstable
Post by KOB - 24-09-2017, 10:12
Saturday 23rd September ‘17
Evo-Stik South League – East Division
HARTLEY WINTNEY v AFC DUNSTABLE
Report by David Graham
Hartley Wintney maintained their challenge at the top of the Division with a win over erstwhile leaders AFC Dunstable. In a match totally dominated by the defences, it was ultimately settled by a high quality second half goal.
Dunstable were first to settle, and on 6 minutes a shot from Bernie Christie was pushed around the post by Paul Strudley in goal for the Row.
The remainder of the first half was nondescript, neither side able to fashion a chance and the game lacking quality. However, on the stroke of half time a bit of quality arrived from the Row when a good cross field pass from midfield debutant, Josh Webb, found James Tennant on the left wing. Tennant delivered a good cross which found Sam Argent, who headed narrowly over at the back post.
Half Time: Hartley Wintney 0 AFC Dunstable 0
The Row started to take the initiative at the start of the second half and on 55 minutes had a chance from a free kick 25 yards out. James Tennant took the kick which beat the wall but went just past the post.
The Row got the breakthrough on 68 minutes with a high quality goal. Louie Paget played an accurate long pass to Sam Argent who flicked on to Paul Hodges. The striker controlled well and intelligently set up Sam Argent, who clipped the ball over the OD’s goalie, Jamie Head. (1-0)
Hartley almost extended the lead on 82 minutes with an effort from Josh Webb following good build up play between Louie Paget and Luke Perkins. A minute later, Dunstable had a chance following build up play involving Bernie Christie and James Bishop. The latter’s cross found Jermaine Hall, who was unable to convert with a header.
The visitors pressed during the latter stages and had a free kick chance deep into added time. Danny Murphy took the kick which beat the Hartley wall, but Paul Strudley, at full stretch, pushed the ball around the post. The Hartley defence, that hadn't put a foot wrong throughout the match, held on for a valuable 3 points. [D Graham]
Full time: Hartley Wintney 1 AFC Dunstable 0
Hartley Wintney: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Diak John, Joshua Webb, Steve Noakes, Adam New, Jack French, James Tennant, Sam Argent, Paul Hodges, Steven Duff.
Subs: Aaron Parfitt, Luke Perkins (on for James Tennant), Adam Everiss, Ben Greenwood (on for Sam Argent), Jake Baxter (on for Steve Duff)
AFC Dunstable: Jamie Head, James Bishop, Danny Murphy, Ryan Frater, Bill Morgan, Newman Carney, Christian Tervernier, Moses Olaleye, Bernie Christie, Jermaine Hall, Nathan Frater.
Subs: Adiel Mannion, Courtney Massey, Marcus Campbell
Man of the Match: Diak John
Immediately after the match, David collected their impressions on the game from the Hartley joint first team managers.
"I felt our defence played well today. AFC Dunstable were a very difficult side to play against," said Anthony Millerick. "The goal was pure quality, the kind of goal which we know our strikers are capable of scoring."
Daniel Brownlie added, "The goal was top quality and fit to win any match. Our three debutants (Josh Webb, Diak John, and Jake Baxter when he came on) all played very well. We are holding our own at this level and we would have been pleased at the start of the season to know we would be third at this stage.
"I felt we played well against the team at the top of the league and it was a good solid team performance. We have another difficult game on Tuesday at Egham."