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Hartley 2 v 0 Bedfont Sports

Post by KOB - 17-02-2016, 10:58

Bedfont Sports have always been a combative and well organised and motivated side and they've taken points from several of the higher placed teams already, us included, so we have to be pleased with the clean sheet and 3 points last night. Highlight of the evening has to be Steve Duff's peach of a strike.

We were fortunate I felt in the first half that the visitors didn't convert one or more of a number of glorious chances, and that when they did find the net it was flagged offside. Well done Craig for making the saves, but frankly they shouldn't have given him the chance, they were that well placed to score. We'd started the opening minutes of the game with good tempo but it wasn't so good as the game went on - how were Bedfont finding so much time and space in the middle of the park? I could see the effort Ian, Adam, Zac and MOTM Aaron Parfitt were putting in, and yet at times Bedfont were allowed to own the midfield. I do have a thought on why it was happening but I won't blurt it out here. Despite, or perhaps because of our 'abandoning' of the midfield in preference for supporting attacking play (I'm sure we didn't plan it that way boys, but it's how it looked), we did create a number of chances and Sam Argent put his head in bravely, close in on goal, to finish off a good move, getting a boot in his face in the process.

Sam's goal was the least he deserved from his night's work - he was outstanding. Constant movement, never gave anything up, pressured the Sports defence and midfielders relentlessly, held up and linked up the play superbly.

Whether Ross going off at the break was down to an injury - I noticed him getting treatment by the touchline - or saving him as he was on a yellow, or tactical, the energy that moving Adam up front brought in helping to close down the opposition alongside Sam, together with substitute Steve Duff's pace, control and willingness to pressurise and get back when necessary, made a huge difference. While Bedfont still created a few opportunties as a decent side always will, we looked much more solid in midfield and seemed to have more bodies in there, and yet we still mounted plenty of attacks.

I'd meant to mention in my Chertsey ramblings how Steve Duff had raced back on more than one occasion to cover very dangerous situations down the left side - it doesn't go unseen mate; great workrate and desire to do the ugly part of the game, as well as pinging the ball at some pace into the corner from 25 yards. Steve certainly made a difference after coming on at the break and taking just 10 minutes or so to find his feet.

A tip of the hat also to Liam and Noakesy in central defence who were very solid throughout, even in that first half when faced with players in acres of space in front of them. Both superbly organised.

Adam hit the woodwork in the first half if memory serves. In the second half, Aaron hit the post with a fine effort, as did Steve Duff, and Sam got into great positions and could have added a couple on another day. We'd got out of jail in the first half but the boys corrected it and secured a very good three points against a team we know only too well can spoil the best of parties.

Nice to see a contingent of Sports supporters getting behind their boys and enjoying themselves, putting some banter about. Nothing wrong with that, nice to see... even if it does wind me up a bit :-))

Finally, a 'thank you' to Julian for coming over and having a chat with me before the game - that was really good of you mate.
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