hartley 5 (another 4 from Sam) guildford 2
Post by nick vint - 24-03-2016, 11:36
Even with four or five changes to the line up from last Saturday's convincing win for the first 60 minutes on a very bumpy and unpredictable pitch (which only displays the ability of our players to overcome such adversity) the lads showed a very competent Guildford side the ability to score simple goals created from all over the pitch, dominating midfield and stretching their defence to breaking point. That did not seem to be the case at the start becauseafter not clearing the danger a big hole appeared in the Hartley defence for them to score at ease giving young Jake Maddock, playing on his debut in the league, no chance. I have to say he gave a very competent display in goal and had no chance with the two goals scored against him and later on made a great save from a free-kick. This gave the lads the kick up the backside they needed and noaksey and liam became dominating at the back and they started to pour forward and soon equalised when their keeper dropped Sam's header over the line. Shortly afterwards another long throw from Parfitt, another knock down and Sam lashed in from five yards and it was not long before he headed home his third from a pinpoint cross. We had two or three more chances to score more before the break but it was only 3-1.
After the break a quick Parfitt free-kick enabled Liam Eagles to head across the goal for Sam to notch his fourth. That should have been the end of it and we should have coasted to victory, but Sam was taken off and he would probably agree that his four goals were the easiest he has scored all season, but then of course he had to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time. We then seemed to sit back on our laurels and lose our shape and with Guildford making changes to their line up started to dominate midfield and enticed us to give away silly fouls around our penalty area and from one such free-kick they scored and then immediately afterwards missed a sitter which would have made it 4-3 and who knows what would have happened then. However Shane's backside came to the rescue when their hapless keeper tried to clear the ball and it struck Shane and dribbled into the net
which gave the scoreline a more realistic outcome because on another day even Dean Stow could have had a hat-trick. As I say for the first hour we gave a very controlled and impressive display on an unhelpful pitch, which very few teams would have lived with so well done lads, another notch on the ladder.
Next is a big game on Saturday against Ashford. As it is the Easter weekend at this stage one does not know who is available and who is not, but with the strength in the squad hopefully at this stage of the season it will not matter too much and we can put on another great show.