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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Poole Town

Post by KOB - 20-11-2019, 10:18

Hartley Wintney v Poole Town, BetVictor Southern League Premier South. Tuesday 19th November 2019
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney moved back towards mid table after a top notch display against promotion hopefuls Poole Town. The Row dominated the match throughout against an out-of-sorts Dolphins team.

It took Hartley just six minutes to open the scoring with a quality goal. Shane Hollamby found Steven Duff on the left with an accurate cross field pass. The winger cut inside and then curled a shot with the outside of his left foot into the far corner of the net. (1-0)

On 13 minutes Duff was again to the fore as he made ground down the left and his cross found Sal Abubakar coming in from the right. The young winger's full blooded shot was bravely blocked by Jez Bedford, who sustained a serious injury. After a lengthy delay, the unfortunate Poole winger was stretchered off the field.

Hartley continued on the front foot and were unlucky not to add to their lead on 30 minutes. A cross field pass from Nathan Smart found Duff who shot coming in from the left. The shot crashed against the inside of the near post before being cleared.

On 36 minutes the Dolphins recorded their first effort, following a cross from Joshua Carmichael on the right. The ball went to the unmarked Marvin Brooks, who headed weakly at Luke Williams in the Hartley goal.

The Row resumed with the probing and almost added a second when a move down the right was played square to Louie Paget some 30 yards from goal. The full back struck a fierce shot which crashed off the top of the crossbar.

Hartley's persistence paid off in added time at the end of the first half. Abubakar fed the ball into Mickel Platt, who was hauled down inside the penalty area as he turned. Ty Smith converted the resultant penalty kick. (2-0)

Half Time: HARTLEY WINTNEY 2 POOLE TOWN 0

Hartley started the second half strongly but it was the visitors who had the first chance, on 50 minutes, to get themselves back into the game. A long pass eluded the Row defence and fell to Marvin Brooks, who shot too early and the effort failed to trouble 'keeper Luke Williams.

A minute later, good work from Platt created a chance for Adam Cornell and he produced a good stop from Dolphins' keeper, Luke Cairney. Platt and Cornell had chances from the rebound but were just unable to convert.

Almost immediately the Row had another chance when Duff created space down the left and his cross was just missed in front of goal by Abubakar.

Hartley continued to press and on 56 minutes added a third goal. A free kick on the left from Ty Smith found Adam Cornell, whose flick header found the net. (3-0)

The Row threatened to run riot. After 61 minutes Platt set up Tom Bird who fired wide, and three minutes later Platt was again at the fore as he crossed for Jack Ball to head wide. In another minute, play went down the other end and Moore tried his luck from distance, forcing Williams to touch the ball around the post.

On 68 minutes, a Duff corner found Alex Albert who saw his effort blocked, and the follow up at close range from Jack Ball was also blocked. A minute later, a cross from Bird saw Albert head just wide.

With the Row consolidating, it was the Dolphins who had the last effort on goal. A cross from Joshua Leslie-Smith found Harry Baker, who brought out a save from Williams on 83 minutes.

A very impressive performance by Hartley which augurs well for the fixtures coming up. [D Graham]

Full Time: HARTLEY WINTNEY 3 POOLE TOWN 0

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Nathan Smart (c), Louie Paget, Jack Ball, Shane Hollamby, Alex.Albert, Ty Smith, Adam Cornell, Mickel Platt, Salhin Abubakar, Steven Duff.
Subs: Tom Bird (on), Josh Webb, Reece Wylie (on), Tyrone Newton, Jordan Alves (on)

POOLE TOWN: Luke Cairney, Benjamin Glenditsch, Joshua Leslie-Smith, William Spetch, Jamie Whisken, Luke Holmes, Joshua Carmichael, Corby Moore, Oliver Dennett, Marvin Brooks, Jez Bedford.
Subs: Sam Jackson (on), Harry Phillips, Jake Smeeton, Adam Grange, Harry Baker (on)

HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH: Steven Duff

Match Rating 5/5
Attendance 203

David spoke with Hartley Wintney Manager Anthony Millerick after the game.

"I felt it was a confident performance tonight and the team can be rightly proud of it. We were brave at some of the things we tried and were always on the front foot with controlled aggression.
"I am proud of the team in the way they responded to Saturday's defeat," Millers continued. "They did not let it affect them. We were composed throughout and it was probably our best performance of the season so far. I'm delighted with many aspects of tonight's win."

Turning to Saturday's trip to Eastbourne Borough in the Buildbase FA Trophy.
"Saturday should be a good match and we look forward to it. We played Eastbourne four seasons ago when we were in the Combined Counties League and an exciting match saw them win 3-2. We will be going there to have a go at them and try to get a win. It is good to play better quality opposition."
  • Bazza

    20-11-2019, 20:02

    One of the best performances I've seen from the Row. Poole were lucky to go away with just a 3-0 defeat. I feel we are as good as most teams in this division and if we can just convert a few more of our chances in front of goal, we could be thinking promotion more than relegation at the end of the season. As for this Saturday, if Eastbourne aren't careful, we could cause an upset. Come on the Row.
  • KOB

    20-11-2019, 12:30

    At last the result the performance deserved, well done boys.
    • Hartley Row

      20-11-2019, 14:04

      Not bad for a pub team !!
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