Match Report: Bedford Town v Hartley Wintney
Post by KOB - 18-10-2017, 09:09
Tuesday 17th October ‘17
Evo-Stik South League – East Division
BEDFORD TOWN v HARTLEY WINTNEY
Report by David Graham
Hartley stretched their unbeaten run to 8 matches with a hard earned draw at Bedford Town. The Row welcomed back Liam and Callum Eagle but still had a number of players out through injury.
Both sides probed in the early part of the game and the first chance fell to the home side on 10 minutes. David Manu made good progress down the left and his cross found the head of Dom Morgillo, who brought a good save out of Paul Strudley in the Hartley goal.
On 12 minutes the Row went ahead. A left wing corner found the head of Liam Eagle who bulleted in a header, appropriately against the Eagles at the Eyrie ground. (0-1).
Soon after, Manu was again a provider, setting up a good chance for Andrew Phillips who was thwarted by a smart stop from Strudley.
After 34 minutes, an accurate, long, cross field pass from Dean Stow found Adam Everiss and the winger's effort went straight to home 'keeper Kyle Forster. A minute later, a long punt from the Eagles defence found the Row defence square and leaving Phillips a clear run on goal. The striker shot wildly past the post.
A rare mistake by the Hartley defence on 44 minutes again allowed Phillips a clear chance, but Paul Strudley came to the Row’s rescue with a good save. In added time, Eagles full back Paul Cooper burst through after an overlap run, but shot past the post.
HALF TIME: BEDFORD TOWN 0 HARTLEY WINTNEY 1
Bedford were quickly on top at the start of the second half and laid siege to the Hartley goal. On 54 minutes, Ryan Auger did well to set up David Manu, but the winger's parting effort went wide.
The Eagles continued to dominate and deservedly pulled level on 62 minutes. David Manu tried a speculative shot from 25 yards which appeared to take a deflection, completely wrong footing Strudley. (1-1)
Three minutes later, Bedford almost went ahead when a long shot from Josh Obiyo went just wide. Hartley had to wait until the 65th minute to register their first effort of the half. Jake Baxter fed Paul Hodges in with a chance, but Forster came out quickly to parry the shot. Five minutes later, the Eagles almost went ahead when a low driven corner by Ryan Auger found Jermaine McKenzie-Lowe, who shot just past the post.
Hartley weathered the storm and for the final quarter of an hour pressed forward with a series of long throws and free kicks. Jayden Englefield came on with 10 minutes to go; looked lively and looks a real prospect.
The final whistle was sounded by referee Mr M.Gospel. With chapter and verse; easily the best referee the Row has had this season. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: BEDFORD TOWN 1 HARTLEY WINTNEY 1
BEDFORD TOWN: Kyle Forster, Paul Cooper, Mayo Balogan, Dean Dummett, Jemale McKenzie-Lowe, Ashton Grant, Dom Morgillo, Ryan Auger, Andew Phillips, David Manu, Josh Obiyo
Subs: Dylan Gittings, George Brinkman, Peter McDonald, Omar Naseri
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Callum Eagle, Louie Paget, Dean Stow (capt), Adam New, Liam Eagle, Adam Everiss, Jack French, Josh Webb, Jake Baxter, Paul Hodges.
Subs: Joe Paris (on for Josh Webb 75'), Jayden Englefield (on for Adam Everiss 83'), Aaron Parfitt (on for Jack French 59'), James Vass.