Match Report: Hayes & Yeading Utd v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 20-11-2022, 11:49

Hayes & Yeading United v Hartley Wintney, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Saturday 19th November 2022
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney picked up three important points at Hayes and Yeading United in their quest to move out of the relegation places. This was the first win the Row have achieved over United in seven attempts.

The visitors started the better and took the lead on 12 minutes courtesy of an error by the Hayes and Yeading goalkeeper, Callum Coulter. A through-ball forward from Kingsley Eshun looked overhit. However, Coulter came out and spilled the ball on the edge of his area, allowing a challenge for possession with the Row's Zidan Akers. Akers showed good determination to cleanly win the ball, and his unselfish pass across goal allowed PAUL HODGES to fire home from 12 yards. (0-1)

The Row's lead was to last just three minutes, as United responded strongly. A patient and skilful build-up through midfield eventually saw the ball moved to SANMI ODELUSI. The midfielder held off a few challenges before creating space for a shot which went across Hartley keeper, Damian Niemczycki, and in to the corner of the net. (1-1)

Hartley regained the initiative, with many attacks stemming down the left through Eshun and Josh Webb. The visitors were having most of the possession, and on 23 minutes came close to regaining the lead. A move down the right saw interplay between Tom Leggett and Zidan Akers, culminating with Leggett delivering a cross to the far post. Kyen Nicholas rose highest and his powerful header was saved by a combination of Coulter and a defender.

A minute later and United came close. A free-kick some 30 yards out on the left was delivered into the penalty area by Reece Cole. Everyone missed it and the Row were relieved to see it bounce just over the crossbar.

On 26 minutes Hartley went ahead. An incisive move down the right enabled Akers to cross to PAUL HODGES, who saw his spooned shot loop over the stranded Coulter and drop into the net. (1-2) Paul later described it differently. "No, it was not a shank. It was an intricate lob with backspin."

The Row almost increased their lead on 35 minutes after putting together their best move of the match. Webb released Eshun down the left and his accurate, low cross found the inrushing Nicholas. The striker's shot from close range brought out an excellent brave save from Coulter.

Shortly before half time, Nicholas left the field with a groin strain, to be replaced by Jacob Bancroft.

After the break, Hayes and Yeading started in the ascendancy and that was how it remained for the vast bulk of the second period. On 57 minutes, a long pass found Moses Emmanuel behind the Row defence. The striker ran on and shot past Niemczycki, with the ball going just past the post. A minute later, Cole got free on the left for the home side and his cross saw Emmanuel again shoot narrowly wide.

Hayes and Yeading probed for a spell, but the Row defence held firm, with Niemczycki having no saves to make. Hartley rarely threatened, and appeared content to switch to game management mode and move themselves towards the points.

In the fourth minute of added time, the last chance came by virtue of a left-wing corner for the home side. The delivery from Cole was accurate and a scramble ensued in the Hartley goalmouth, which they eventually cleared. [D Graham]

HAYES and YEADING UNITED: Callum Coulter, Paul Field, Cameron Green, Sanmi Odelusi, Charlie Wassmer, Jerry Wiltshire, Dan Wishart, Hassan Jello, Moses Emmanuel, Florian Envoudou Ada, Reece Cole
Subs: Luke Pennell (on), Drew Churchwell, Cole Brown (on), Amos Nasha , Taylor Miles (on)

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Damian Niemczycki, Tom Leggett, Josh Webb, George Spiers, Matt Drage (c), Toby Nevile, Zidan Akers, Benjamin Purcell, Kyen Nicholas, Kingsley Eshun, Paul Hodges.
Subs: Louie Paget, Jacob Bancroft (on), Shamar Moore (on), Reese Jones (on), Antonio Dembele

Hartley Man of the Match: JOSH WEBB

Hartley Wintney manager, Ian Selley, spoke with David after the game.

"We researched quite a bit on Hayes and Yeading and of course the results of that were used as part of our game plan. It was the old adage of being a game of two halves. In the first half I felt we were on top. We had lots of possession and the team worked extremely hard. In the second half Hayes and Yeading had the edge and we had to rely on our defence, who played really well.

"Each department in the team played well. The forwards were good in the first half, the defence in the second, and the midfield worked very hard throughout. Josh Webb did well down the left, both in defence and attack, and Paul Hodges scored the two important goals. Goalkeeper Damien Niemczycki looked assured in goal in his first league appearance. All in all, a very good result."
  • KOB

    20-11-2022, 12:20

    A terrific result, and it's not lost on any of us that it's the first time we've taken 3 points off Hayes & Yeading. We've taken a couple of heavy beatings from them over recent seasons, so this was an extra special win for the boys. Delighted for Hodgey with his brace of goals, and a deserved MOTM for Webby. But the whole team deserves a lot of credit.

    The only downer was Kyen having to go off just before the break. I understand it was partly a precaution when he felt something wasn't quite right. He was understandably downhearted about it but did the right thing to come off and not aggravate it further. He has made a difference since he's been back, so let's hope it's just a minor setback in his path back to full recovery.

    I know that we've yet to announce our change between the posts, and I will put that right shortly with a formal club announcement. Damian made his league debut for us yesterday, having played at Alton in midweek. Adam Desbois has joined Vanarama National League South Cheshunt on a dual registration, though it's likely to become a permanent move.

    We'll also be formally introducing striker Shamar Moore who came off the bench for his Hartley debut yesterday.
    • VINTY

      20-11-2022, 13:35

      This was a great win for the boys as they gave everything into hanging on to a well-deserved and hard-fought three valuable points. At the end you could tell it had been tiring by the exhaustion on their faces after giving 100 per cent effort. This is the kind of spirit one hopes will blossom in the next few weeks. None of us supporters --- earlier or late - thought we would get both the resolve and the result we wanted especially after last year's debacle. If we had scored
      our third goal, as may be we should have, just before half time I am sure life in the second half would have been easier, but it was not to be. However our back four played brilliantly well in blocking shots and stopping the opposition in their traxcks and our overworked midfield played spendidly to cut off the supply chain to the forwards. Overall it was a great team performance.

      So onwards and upwards to our game at home to Salisbury on Tuesday, and lets hope we can do the double on them, which
      would be a very rare achievement, but there is no reason why we cannot if we keep our concentration and belief in ourselves. UP THE ROW.
      One comment: I usually support the referees, they have an
      onerous job, but todays ref handed out yellow cards to our players as if it was confetti, especially one against our keeper
      for moving a goal kick from one side of the goal to the other and another one against one of our players for telling the opposition where to take the throw in, but then only issuing a yellow to them instead of a red for kicking one of our players.