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Match Report: Truro City v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 17-11-2019, 10:34

Truro City v Hartley Wintney, BetVictor Southern League Premier South, Saturday 16th November 2019.
Report by Tyler House

Hartley Wintney suffered a 2-1 defeat against Truro City in a closely fought contest at Treyew Road. Promotion hopefuls Truro secured victory with goals from Luke Jephcott and Tyler Harvey, while Shane Hollamby had equalised for Hartley before half time.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the second half but the hosts held on to take all three points. Hartley now sit 17th in the league table, while Truro stay 3rd.

In the first ever meeting between the two clubs, Truro got off to the perfect start. With little over a minute played, Ed Palmer’s long ball fell to Jephcott, who found the bottom corner with the first shot of the game. (1-0)

The home side continued to impress early on and a good move down the right wing presented Jephcott with another chance, this time caught by Hartley goalkeeper Luke Williams.

Soon after, Truro went close again when Hartley captain Nathan Smart diverted a cross towards his own goal, relieved to see the ball go out for a corner after clipping the post.

The Row registered their first attempt two minutes later with Josh Webb cutting inside from the left and opting to shoot from distance, the ball dropping just wide of the post.

In the 20th minute, Truro almost doubled their lead when Palmer hit the post, before Williams denied a close range header from Jephcott on the rebound.

Hartley were forced into a substitution when Dean Rule went off injured, with Mickel Platt replacing him up front.

The Row improved towards the end of the half and Ty Smith went close when his free kick was deflected over the bar for a corner.

Hartley then equalised in the 35th minute after an in-swinging cross from the left from Hollamby took a deflection and went in off of the post. (1-1)

HALF TIME: Truro City 1 Hartley Wintney 1

Steve Duff replaced Hollamby at half time, with Alex Albert now deputising in central defence for the Row.

In the 53rd minute, Hartley defender Jack Ball conceded a penalty and was shown a red card after he was adjudged to have made a goal line block using his hand. Truro’s penalty was scored by Harvey, who sent Williams the wrong way, restoring the home side’s lead. (2-1)

Hartley played the rest of the half with only one centre back, determined to pull level for a second time. A free kick from Smith produced a comfortable save from home goalkeeper James Hamon, before another set piece saw Albert’s looping header go just over.

With 10 minutes to go and against the run of the play, Truro substitute Alex Battle nearly picked out Jephcott for a third goal. A minute later, the hosts broke forward in numbers again but, with Jephcott and Harvey queuing up to score, Albert did superbly to intercept the cross and clear.

Truro’s Adel Gafaiti picked up a second yellow card in the 86th minute to leave both sides with 10 men, and six added minutes gave Hartley time to push for an equaliser.

In the final minute of injury time, Hartley substitute Tom Bird’s cross was missed by Hamon, but the ball hit Platt and ran for a goal kick. [Tyler House]

FULL TIME: Truro City 2 Hartley Wintney 1

TRURO CITY: James Hamon, Harrison Davis, Harlain Mbayo, Ed Palmer, Adel Gafaiti, Ryan Dickson, Niall Thompson, Will Dean, Tyler Harvey (c), Luke Jephcott, Austen Booth
Subs: Jamie Richards (on), Rio Garside, Stewart Yetton, Alex Battle (on), James Ward

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Nathan Smart (c), Louie Paget, Jack Ball, Shane Hollamby, Alex Albert, Ty Smith, Dean Rule, Sal Abubakar, Josh Webb, Adam Cornell
Subs: Mickel Platt (on), Steve Duff (on), Tom Bird (on), Jordan Alves

HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH: Alex Albert

Match Rating 4/5
Attendance 412

After the match, Hartley manager Anthony Millerick said, “We didn’t start well and the early goal left us with an uphill task, but it was an honest performance. After the red card, we were brave enough to still play three at the back.

“Both goals were preventable and poor by our standards and I wanted us to ask more questions of Truro with 10 men.

“But it was a commendable performance. We need to turn performances into points, regardless of how good the opposition may be.”
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