Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Lymington Town, Hants Cup 2nd Round

Post by KOB - 28-09-2022, 10:19

Hartley Wintney v Lymington Town, Hampshire Saturday Senior Cup 2nd Round, Tuesday 27th Sept 2022
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney were on the receiving end of a shock result when they were dumped out of the Hampshire Cup by Lymington Town. The Linnets, who play in the Southern League South, a level below the Row, had lost all of their five league matches so far this season. However, on the evidence of their performance in this match, that situation should soon be changed.

For the Row a night to forget. In addition to the cup exit, they had a player sent off and one stretchered off, both in the first half.

Lymington showed early intent as they were able to get beyond the Hartley defence. They were rewarded on 6 minutes when Toby Nevile brought down a Linnets forward just outside the penalty area, receiving a yellow card in the process. OWEN FEE took the kick and his shot beat the wall and finished up in the corner of the net. (0-1)

A minute later, Fee set-up Callum Stratton, who fired just over.

Hartley's first meaningful effort arrived on 18 minutes. A long pass from Matt Drage found Aaron McLeish-White in the clear, but the striker shot wide.

Mid way through the half, the Row's Reese Jones picked up what looked like a bad injury to his lower leg. After a delay, the young defender was carried off on a stretcher.

Things went from bad to worse for Hartley on 33 minutes when centre-back Toby Nevile picked up a second yellow card, followed by a red, after baulking a Lymington player.

The visitors were in the ascendancy. Dom Thelan created space on 36 minutes before testing Adam Desbois in the Hartley goal with his parting effort.

Approaching half-time the Linnets deservedly doubled their lead. A quick break led to a good opportunity for CALLUM STRATTON and the striker made no mistake with a powerful, accurate shot from the edge of the box.
HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 0 Lymington Town 2

The Row brought on Anis Nuur and Kingsley Eshun for the second period and it made a difference. Hartley created several presentable chances which all went begging, with Eshun and Lopes guilty of failing to convert.

Lymington always looked likely to add to their lead from breakaways. On 79 minutes, the impressive DOM THELAN drifted through the Hartley defence before firing a fine shot beyond Desbois,

A thoroughly miserable night for the Row. However, they must quickly put the performance behind them as they face high-flying Truro City at home on Saturday. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: Hartley Wintney 0 Lymington Town 3

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Tom Leggett, Reese Jones, Matt Drage, Toby Nevile, Jayden Hutchings, Teddy Davey, Harrison Bayley, Aaron McLeish-White, Harry Cooksley (c), Youel Emmanuel.
Subs: Anis Nuur (on) , Razhir Smith-Jones (on), Ryan Lopes (on), Isaiah Blankendal, Kingsley Eshun (on)

LYMINGTON TOWN: Nico Trojanowski, Ryan Hughes, Conrad Churchill, Luke Churchill, Tim Stephenson, Ryan Fuller, Sam Shearer, Luke Gray, Callum Stratton, Owen Fee, Dom Thelan.
Subs: Tom Mann, Craig Mc Allister

  • KOB

    28-09-2022, 10:45

    Not going to say much, since this performance may well have ramifications. It was unacceptable, period. And just to reinforce, this was a strong first team squad we put out from the start. Going down to ten men was no excuse, since we were a shambles with eleven on the pitch. If we had a plan out there, it was either misunderstood, deliberately ignored, or terribly flawed.

    Well done to Lymington, that kind of performance and result is one they can use to kick-start their league season. They had a well executed plan, they had pace, they moved the ball quickly and accurately, they defended in numbers when needed, and they had players who could hit the target... frankly they had everything we didn't have. As disjointed a rabble as we were as a team overall last night, we still created enough in the second-half to have drawn or won that game. We have individual strengths but the sum of the parts is way below what it should be.

    I am sure some deep discussions were had after the game, amongst players and the coaching staff.

    Sincerely hope that the injury to Reese Jones is not as bad as it first appeared. The lad was clearly in great pain; amongst all the feigning injury we see in the Premier League, those of us who have played always know the moment something serious has happened. RJ has been putting his heart and soul into the games for us and I do wish him well.
    • VINTY

      28-09-2022, 19:19

      There is only one word to describe it --- humiliating.
    • Mick

      28-09-2022, 12:47

      Just may be that the Truro fixture on Saturday was where Hartley players minds were focused? Getting valuable points this coming weekend is important for sure. The team spirit is still work in progress, and both Ross and Tyrone play the major roles in progress on that front. Patience is required by the fans right now as this is a team with many new faces making efforts to gel as a squad. Bring on the Truro and let's make it an epic afternoon. :-)
    • Chalky

      28-09-2022, 12:01

      No passion not playing for each other Kings Langley again
      Need to turn up on Saturday or it will be a disaster UTR
    • Hartley Row

      28-09-2022, 11:03

      There is nothing much to say. A very poor performance by the team (managers & players alike) which we need to address immediately. Our naivety will continue to be exposed unless we knuckle down now and have pride in the team and our own individual performance!