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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Gosport Borough, FA Trophy

Post by KOB - 12-11-2017, 11:22

Saturday 11th November ‘17
The BUILDBASE FA TROPHY – 2nd Round Qualifying
HARTLEY WINTNEY v GOSPORT BOROUGH
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney moved into the 3rd Qualifying Round with a controlled performance over a subdued ‘Boro side. A decent crowd of 216 attended, with a good number up from the South Coast who cheered their team to the rafters until the end.

It was the visitors who should have been ahead in the first minute. A good cross from Liam Mears found Dale Mason in the box. The winger did well to create himself a good chance but screwed his shot across the face of the goal.

Hartley soon had control of the midfield and there was a constant flow towards the 'Boro goal. On 7 minutes, the Row had a strong appeal for a penalty when Paul Hodges went down. This was turned down but, almost immediately, the ball arrived back with Hodges, whose low cross was driven by Liam Eagle and he was unlucky to see the ball deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Eagle rose highest and his header was just over the crossbar.

On 10 minutes, good work by Paul Hodges set up Jake Baxter who brought out a save from Tom Price in the Gosport goal.

Hartley remained on top but had a scare on 20 minutes when Dale Mason had an effort saved at the near post by Paul Strudley. Within 2 minutes, Hartley were ahead with a good goal.

A surging run from midfield by Paul Hodges created a chance for Josh Webb. From around 25 yards, the midfielder took aim and fired an unstoppable shot into the net. (1-0)

On 26 minutes the Row added a second goal. Rowan Vine went on a long run from midfield before setting up Josh Webb, who curled in a delightful shot past Tom Price from the edge of the box. (2-0)

Two minutes later, Dale Mason went on a long run for the 'Boro and his parting shot went past the post.

Hartley thought they had added a third goal on 38 minutes. Good passing between Louie Paget and Paul Hodges allowed Jake Baxter to run on and put the ball into the net. However, the celebrations were cut short by the flag of the assistant referee for offside.

A minute later, the visitors were unlucky not to reduce the deficit. An accurate ball into the penalty area from Dale Mason found Dave Onwuachu, who was unlucky to see his fierce shot crash off the crossbar.
HALF TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 2 GOSPORT BOROUGH 0

Gosport had more possession at the start of the second half but home 'keeper Strudley was not tested. It was the Row who had the first shot, when good work by Josh Webb in midfield set up Paul Hodges who saw his effort saved by Price. However, on 53 minutes Hartley added the third with another good goal. Rowan Vine and Josh Webb combined well and created a chance for Paul Hodges, who opened up space with a drop of the shoulder and shot home from 12 yards. (3-0).

The Row noticeably were content to defend the lead but were almost undone on 58 minutes. A good surging run from midfield by Liam Mears took him through the Hartley defence and Paul Strudley did well to come out and bravely smother the parting shot. Then some slack play by the Row on 84 minutes gave Kurt Watts a clear chance, but the substitute saw his shot bring out a smart save from Strudley.

Three minutes later, good play from Steven Duff down the left wing resulted in a cross and found Dean Stow, whose effort brought a good save out by Price in the 'Boro goal.

The final whistle sounded with Hartley recording a comfortable win and three good strikes. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 3 GOSPORT BOROUGH 0

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Steve Duff, Josh Webb, Steve Noakes, Liam Eagle, Paul Hodges, Jack French, Jake Baxter, Rowan Vine, Adam Everiss
Subs: Aaron Parfitt (on for Jack French), Joe Paris (on for Josh Webb), Dean Stow (on for Adam Everiss), Adam New, Callum Eagle

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Tom Price, Frankie Page, Harry Medway, Alfie Lis, Eddie Wakley, Ed Saunders, Dale Mason, Luke King, Iffy Onwuachu (Dave), Liam Mears, Matt Sinclair.
Subs: Ben Buckland, Kurt Watts, Scott Walters, Ethan Miller, Lewis Watch (gk)
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