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hartley 2 horley 2

Post by nick vint - 10-04-2016, 10:23

Hartley threw three points away after controlling the game for 75 minutes after Noaksey was sent off for deliberate handball through ill-discipline, lack of leadership, poor tackling, giving the ball away too easily and just simply seemed to switch off and reverting to long balls into no man's land which gave the opposition virtually total possession. Up until that stage Horley had spent most of the time on the back foot with some desperate defending and goal line clearances and just occasional sorties up the field and only testing Craig on a few occasions and whilst the Hartley forwards were misfunctioning to some extent in front of goal it was left to the two stalwarts at the back, the Eagle and the bald Eagle to score the goals, but in all honesty we should have been well in front by that stage and should have killed the game off , even though the team did not play as well as against Windsor, with too many balls overhit
and a strange lack of intensity. Having said all that I am sure it was a bit of a wake up call and it is not the end of the world and that the lads will respond in a positive way on Tuesday against Chessington.
  • KOB

    10-04-2016, 10:42

    Come on Nick, stop sitting on the fence and say what you really feel :-)

    I can't comment since I was at a family event and missed all the fun. Knew we were 2 up, thanks to updates from Luke, but then surprised to hear it was 2-2. Still a point against decent opposition; but I know how it feels when you're there and go from 2 up and comfortable. Not so easy perhaps now to keep the focus as we run in to the end of the season, but that's all it really needs now. We know we have the strength and firepower to put points in the bag as long as we stay focused - sounds like at 2 up our concentration simply drifted, and against teams the calibre of Horley you can't allow that to happen and hope to get away with it.

    Still gutted the league/FA has decided that not having a bloody great big fence all around the ground is reason to stop us going up - yes I know other things needed doing but that, as I understand, was the real stopper. But at least it's made the end of the season a whole lot more interesting for the players, coaches and supporters at Camberley, Ashford and Epsom. Personally... like to see Camberley do it. But for their poor start, they'd have been a lot closer to us and they've had the same kind of cup commitments as us to deal with. Some have criticised their brand of football but it's about winning games and playing to the strengths of your squad; like us they've been pretty consistent once they found their groove.

    As for us, can we somehow keep the squad together for another tilt at the title?
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