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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Egham Town, Evo-Stik South, East Div

Post by KOB - 04-02-2018, 11:58

Hartley Wintney v Egham Town, Evo-Stik League South, East Division, Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney cemented their place in the play-off zone with a comprehensive win over an out-of-sorts Egham Town team.

The Row started at high tempo and in two minutes could have gone ahead. A long ball forward was chased by Jake Baxter. The Sarnies 'keeper, Patrick Ohman, slipped as he came out and the ball went behind him. Baxter’s effort from a difficult angle went along the goal line and out.

Hartley midfield debutant, Ty Smith, tried his luck from the edge of the box on 4 minutes but Ohman brought out a good stop. The Row continued to knock at the door and on 8 minutes a long throw found the head of Jack Ball before finding its way to Paul Hodges; he set up Dean Stow who fired over.

The pressure finally told a minute later when a long throw from Adam Everiss saw a Liam Eagle header saved by Ohman, only for Jake Baxter to confidently fire home from close range (1-0).

On 13 minutes, Steven Duff was unlucky to see a shot hit a defender and go wide after a scramble in the goalmouth. From the resultant corner, Liam Eagle rose highest and scored the Row’s second goal (2-0).

Two minutes later Hartley added a third. Steven Duff made good progress down the left and his well struck cross-come-shot sailed high into the net at the back post (3-0). Three minutes later it was almost four as Dean Stow set up Josh Webb, but his 20 yard shot was parried by Ohman.

A minute later Egham had their first effort on goal and reduced the arrears. Good interplay allowed Jordan Fredericks to get in behind the Row defence and his shot was saved by the feet of Freddie Gee, only to see Brendan Mathew following up to score (3-1).

On 23 minutes a free kick from Josh Webb found Jack Ball, whose effort was saved by Ohman. Buoyed by their goal, the Sarnies responded, and on 26 minutes a corner on the right from Joel Jacobs was headed over at close range by Rhys Paul. The visitors had a bright spell but were unable to test Gee, despite some good approach work usually involving Brendan Mathew.

On 33 minutes the Row restored a three goal advantage. Steven Duff cut in from the left and tried his luck from 25 yards, and his well struck low shot deceived Ohman and finished up in the net (4-1).

On the stroke of half time, a Josh Webb shot saw Ohman parry away to the right; Jake Baxter cleverly set up Paul Hodges who was unlucky to see his shot blocked.

Hartley could have increased the lead on 49 minutes when good interplay between Stow and Hodges gave Jake Baxter a chance. However, the well placed striker's attempted acrobatic kick did not come off. But the fifth goal - and Baxter's second - was delayed by just two minutes when good play down the right by right-back James King, and Paul Hodges, saw the ball eventually arrive at Jake Baxter. He scored high into the corner of the net with a fine shot from the corner of the 18 yard box (5-1).

On 65 minutes the Row struck again when a clever pass from Jake Baxter set Paul Hodges in at close range. The striker’s effort hit the post but Adam Everiss, following up, scored from close range (6-1).

Egham rallied and had a good spell. On 68 minutes Mathew set up Fredericks, who saw his effort well saved by Gee. Then on 75 minutes, Fredericks had an effort which looked goal bound and was unlucky to see it hit Mathew and go wide.

At the other end, Paul Hodges had an effort which Ohman saved comfortably. The Sarnies resumed on the offensive and Mathew set up Lauric Diakiesse, who brought out a good save from Gee. Five minutes from time, Josh Baines created a chance for himself and his effort saw Freddie Gee well positioned to save.

In added time Hartley added a seventh goal. Josh Webb found Marc Vockins on the right. A very measured cross found the head of Paul Hodges and his well directed effort found the corner of the net (7-1).

Following the previous week's refereeing issues, a word of praise must go to referee Tristan Greaves and his assistants, Charlie Bullock and Ross Murphy, who all did so well you hardly knew they were there. It is refreshing to see officials like this, who allow the game to flow and gain the respect of the players; this ensures that there is minimal chance of them becoming the centre of attention. [D Graham]
Attendance: 124

Hartley Wintney: Freddie Gee, James King, Steven Duff, Jack Ball, Josh Webb, Liam Eagle, Dean Stow (c), Ty Smith, Jake Baxter, Paul Hodges, Adam Everiss.
Subs: Dec Shuttleworth (on for Jack Ball), Jayden Englefield (on for Ty Smith), Marc Vockins (on for Adam Everiss), Anthony Millerick

Egham Town: Patrick Ohman, Andrea Loizou, Joel Jacobs, Imran Uche, Mitchell Wiseman, Greg Haydon, Rhys Paul, Greig Stewart, Brendan Mathew, Ryan De Batiista, Jordan Fredericks.
Subs: Devante McCain, Josh Baines, Lauric Diakiesse, Aaron Jewell.

After the game, David asked joint team manager, Anthony Millerick, for his thoughts on the result and learned of a last minute change to the line-up.

"Louie Paget was in the team but pulled up in the warm ups, nursing a knock from last Tuesday evening. We didn't want to risk further injury," said Millers.
"We know Egham are in transition at the moment, with a new manager taking over. However, it was still a resounding win and we played well. I felt we got slightly complacent after going 3-0 up so early on, but we soon regained our focus.
"I thought our new players, James King and Ty Smith, had good solid games," Millers continued. "All three subs played well, and Mark Vockins' cross for the last goal was quality. Josh Webb and Jake Baxter are in fine form at the moment and played well. Another good day for the club, and the squad blends well."

    04-02-2018, 12:20

    It has been a pretty good seven days for the lads with three victories on the trot against three teams of different ability and calibre moving us up into the giddy heights of fourth in the league. None of us here at Hartley thought at the beginning of the season that by February this could be achievable or even likely but it shows how hard the boys and the management have worked to create this ongoing saga.
    The only downside is that you could tell when the lads came off the pitch they were all absolutely shattered having had to play on three heavy pitches in a week which obviously saps their strength and hence causing fatigue and injuries especially for a small squad such as ours. But at least they now have a clear week to get their energy levels up again before the very important game next Sunday (wow Sunday football, it used to be against pub sides and the odd pint or two or three) against high-flying Dunstable (and this will show how far we have come especially in terms of consistency) and hopefully we will not be intimidated or pressurised too much by them and we can keep the bandwagon rolling. Thanks lads, a fantastic week.
    • Rob.b

      04-02-2018, 19:26

      Was an amazing match yesterday, scoring 7 twice in a season is remarkable. The Beconsfield game was a blip, as I had hoped. We did everything we didn't do in that game, keep possession, and pick up loose balls in midfield.Ty was a revelation, a tireless display, and some excellent distribution, Frenchey has some compertition. We played well all round the park. The defence was solid when called on and of course it helped with a couple of flukes, sorry well aimed shots from Duffs. Hodges battled on despite being a target of a few well placed kicks.
      The guys deserve a week off to recover, and hopefully we will get some dry weather. I am looking forward to going away, just sad that it is on a Sunday and the pressure this must put on players with families.
      Without getting carried away is the league playoffs the standard format, and is the ground an issue that would may the result academic?
    • VINTY

      04-02-2018, 17:42

      Well KOB if I took my boots I would be sent off for wearing the steel caps on them, so good for toe punting long distances, and besides I could not play with Millers because he would be too slow for me.
    • KOB

      04-02-2018, 15:58

      The lads took a bit of a lashing from a few of us after the Beaconsfield game - mostly constructive I hope they'd agree - but the way they've responded has been first class. The boys must have felt hugely frustrated with the way that game went, without needing any comment from us lot, but it's how they've responded to the frustration and criticism that says so much about their ability, determination, character, team spirit, and (I'd like to think) what it means to them to have a happy band of Row fans behind them. Well done boys and thank you.

      As for next weekend at Dunstable, sounds like we'll be missing so many that Millers and Brownlie may have to relive their playing days one more time! And take your boots Vinty, just in case.
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