Match Report Farnborough v Hartley
Post by Hartley Row - 27-12-2018, 10:31
WEDNESDAY 26th DECEMBER ‘18
EVO STIK SOUTH LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION
FARNBOROUGH v HARTLEY WINTNEY
Hartley Wintney took a large support to Farnborough helping the ‘Boro to easily their biggest home crowd of the season at 549.The spectators were rewarded with a really good local derby. A one minute silence was held for the much respected former Farnborough Chairman Alan Churchill who recently passed away. Churchill was at the club when Boro had their famous FA Cup match at West Ham United.
It was the Row who had the first chance in the first minute when a pass from Josh Webb sent Mickel Platt clear. The young striker took his shot early but pulled it wide of the post. The Boro had a scare on 5 minutes when keeper Liam Beach saw his clearance charged down by an inrushing Dan Stewart. However the ‘boro keeper re-acted quickest and got back to save.
A minute later a low through ball deceived the Row defence and Perry Coles was left clear. Hartley keeper Adam Desbois came out quickly and pulled off a smart save at the expense of a corner. The flag kick from Coles found the head of Aaron Oakley whose effort went wide. Play moved to the other end of the pitch and on 8 minutes good play enabled Jack French on the right to set up Platt. The striker saw his first effort blocked as was his follow up. Five minutes later French got free down the left and set up Marley Ridge whose strong effort from 20 yards was deflected wide.
Boro’s main threats came from set pieces and it was from a corner that they took the lead on 20 minutes. A flag kick on the right by Kurtis Cumberbatch saw Perry Coles swivel and shoot home a good volleyed goal. (1-0). Coles was to play a prominent part in the match later on.
The Row responded and on 24 minutes a long clearance set Dan Stewart free. The striker saw his parting shot well saved by Beach. Boro continued to trouble Hartley with their direct play and on 34 minutes Marc Charles-Smith had the ball in the net after heading in a cross from Michael Fernandes. However the striker was adjudged to have pushed his marker and the goal chalked off.
Hartley came into the game approaching half time and Stewart set up Platt who saw his effort go just past the post. On the stroke of half time a Row clearance from a set piecelanded at the feet of Cumberbatch who saw his effort saved by Desbois.
HALF TIME: FARNBOROUGH 1 HARTLEY WINTNEY 0
Steven Duff replaced Josh Webb; who was suffering a chest infection; for the second period. Almost immediately Duff made a surging run down the left and his cross just eluded the incoming forwards. Almost immediately Boro had a good chance to increase their lead after Coles sent Fernandes clear of the Hartley defence. Desbois came out, narrowed the angles and pulled off a good save.
A defining moment arrived on 54 minutes. A Boro corner on the right appeared to be over hit; eluded everyone; and appeared to go harmlessly for a goal kick. However referee Adrian Harris seen a touch somewhere and awarded another corner on the left much to the ire of the visitors. The flag kick from Coles was partly cleared but the return ball into the penalty area found Cumberbatch with a good chance. The midfielder was hauled down by Jack Ball and a penalty awarded. Perry Coles stepped up but saw his well struck effort saved by Desbois at full stretch.
Thing were to get worse for Coles on 66 minutes when in an off the ball incident he punched Marley Ridge in the face. This was spotted by Referee Harris who issued a straight red card.
The remainder of the match saw Hartley camped around the Boro penalty area as they sought an equaliser. Nic Ciardini did well to set up Joe Felix on 68 minutes and the young full back seen his shot blocked. The rebound found its way to Stewart who saw his effort saved by Beach.
A second dual between Beach and Stewart came in the 70th minute when the Row striker worked his way through the home defence. The Boro keeper pulled off a smart save with a block and Platt’s follow up was deflected wide.
The pressure on the Boro goal became more intense and the Row had a good chance to equalise on 79 minutes. Nic Ciardini was pushed as he attempted to reach a long free kick from Tyron Smith. Smith took the spot kick but shot wide. On 85 minutes Ball set up Ciardini but his effort lacked power and Beach saved.
Hartley were rewarded for their efforts with a deserved equaliser on 88 minutes. A long cross from the left appeared to be over hit. Dan Stewart was not for giving it up and managed to keep the ball in play. He beat a defender and crossed for Jack Ball to head home from close range. (1-1).
The Row went for the winner and in added time Stewart set up Felix who saw his fierce drive tipped over by Beach.
In the end honours even in an exciting local derby.
FULL TIME: FARNBOROUGH 1 HARTLEY WINTNEY 1
FARNBOROUGH: Liam Beach, John Oyenuga, Andrew Musungu, Kurtis Cumerbatch, Michael Kamara, Aaron Oakley, Michael Fernandes, Elliott Bonds, Perry Coles, Marc Charles-Smith, Reggie Young.
SUBSTITUTES: Conner Cullen, Samij Bajja, Seth Owens, Tom Leggett, Rob Bartley
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Joe Felix, Louis Paget, Jack Ball, Nathan Smart, Josh Webb,Jack French, Marley Ridge, Josh Webb, Mickel Platt, Dan Stewart, Salhin Abubakar
Subs: Hadda Zongo, Tyron Smith, Steven Duff, Nic Ciardini, Chris Harris
After the game joint manager DAN TURKINGTONspoke about the match;
I thought Boro’ had a slight edge in the first half with their direct approach. However even in this half we shaded them on chances and we were the better side in the second period.
Boro’ always had a threat from set pieces and Adam did well saving a one on one early in the second half. As well as that his penalty save was excellent.
I suppose it would be difficult to maintain the same levels we achieved against Taunton Town and Poole Town. We showed great resilience to keep going to the end and no one could deny that we deserved at least a draw.
Finally a big thank you to the large Hartley Wintney support today. This is much appreciated and made a difference.
CROWD: 549 Entertainment 4/5 Hartley Man of the Match: Jack Ball