Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Bath City, FA Cup Replay

Post by KOB - 21-09-2022, 09:54

Hartley Wintney v Bath City, The Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay. Tuesday 20th September 2022
Report by David Graham

Bath City progressed to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a goal in extra time from Alex Fletcher. However, the result pays scant justice to a magnificent effort from the Hartley Wintney team. For most of the game they matched the Romans, and for periods dominated the proceedings.

A pulsating first-half saw the teams go in scoreless, and this was due to some truly inspired goalkeeping from the respective goalkeepers. On 9 minutes a free-kick from captain Harry Cooksley for the Row saw Harrison Bayley, returned to the Hampshire club on loan, head over. Two minutes later a cross from Romans' Tom Smith found Cody Cooke, who saw his header saved by Adam Desbois in the Hartley goal.

Not to be outdone, Joe Wright pulled off a superb double save on 12 minutes for City. A Tom Leggett cross found Anis Nuur, whose header looked goal-bound until saved by Wright, and in the ensuing rebound scramble the 'keeper was able to block.

Three minutes later Desbois pulled off a smart save when Kieran Parselle got a header on target from a free-kick by Chris Lines.

Desbois was again in the action on 22 minutes when Lines found Fletcher, who saw his effort brilliantly saved by the Row 'keeper.

Three minutes later Hartley had a good chance to take the lead. A through ball found Zidan Akers behind the Romans defence and confronted with a one-on-one dual with Wright, which was won by the City goalkeeper as he blocked the striker's powerful effort.

On 31 minutes Hartley made good progress down the left, and a pass inside gave Nuur a chance. The well struck shot from the Row midfielder went just over the bar.

Cody Cooke for City went on a long individual run on 36 minutes and his parting shot went just wide. Then a good flowing move for the Row through midfield on 40 minutes saw Bayley feed Akers, who brought out a good save from Wright.

The Row finished the half strongly and a cross from the right-wing by Leggett found centre-forward Aaron McLeish-White, who saw his header tipped over by Wright.

After the thrills and spills of the first period, it was perhaps inevitable that the teams would show more caution. The first chance arrived on 55 minutes for the Row. Akers did well to get free on the left and his low, inviting cross went across the face of the goal with no takers.

Hartley remained with a distinct edge in play, with Leggett foraging down the right and delivering inviting crosses. However, the Romans' defence held firm.

Hartley continued to probe and on 77 minutes Cooksley and Nuur combined well, with the latter being unlucky to see his shot deflected wide.

With 5 minutes remaining, a Cooksley free-kick created a scramble in the City goalmouth which was cleared. Then two minutes later the Row made good progress down the left through Akers and Nuur. The resulting low cross across the face of the goal again agonisingly eluded everyone.

Having been subdued for most of the second period, the Romans almost snatched a late goal. Fletcher got free on the right and his cross was headed over by Luke Spokes.

Into added time and Hartley could and probably should have scored. A Cooksley free-kick on the left of the penalty box found Youel Emmanuel but the midfielder headed wide from the edge of the six yard box.

Extra Time 1st Period: The tempo of the game in extra time not surprisingly slowed and few chances were created. On 96 minutes a shot from Fletcher took a deflection and went wide.

Extra Time 2nd Period: The game remained very tight, with few openings. However the tie was settled in the 113th minute. Bath were awarded a free-kick on the right. The cross from Lines was inch perfect and ALEX FLETCHER headed home from 8 yards out. (0-1)

Taking the ball into the corner at every opportunity, and with the Row players understandably tiring, City were able to run the clock down to see out the remaining minutes and secure their place in the next round. [D Graham]


Attendance: 380
Hartley Wintney Man of the Match: REESE JONES

Joint Hartley Wintney Managers, Ross Weatherstone and Ty Newton, spoke with David after the game.
"We felt our game plan went well and the defence was excellent. We're proud of our team, they played really well. Bath City are a good team but tonight they really had to work hard to eventually dig out a result.

"At the end of the day it is all about taking chances. We had as many if not more than Bath City, but they managed to take one of theirs.

"Overall, on reflection, a good performance and we were probably unlucky to go out of the FA Cup."

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Tom Leggett, Reese Jones, Matt Drage, Toby Nevile, Harrison Bayley, Zidan Akers, Anis Nuur, Aaron McLeish-White, Harry Cooksley (c), Teddy Davey
Substitutes: Aaron Goode (on), Rahzir Smith-Jones (on), Jayden Hutchings, Issac Charles, Youel Emmanuel (on), Shane Hollamby (on), Killian Barrett (gk)

BATH CITY: Joe Wright, Joe Raynes, Danny Greenslade, Jordan Dyer, Jack Batten, Kieran Parselle, Alex Fletcher, Dan Hayfield, Cody Cooke, Tom Smith, Chris Lines.
Substitutes: Elliott Frear, Ryan Clarke, Luke Spokes (on), Rex Mannings, Scott Wilson