Match Summary: Weston-Super-Mare v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 05-12-2022, 13:44

Weston-Super-Mare v Hartley Wintney, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Saturday 3rd December 2022
Summary by David Graham

The Seagulls from Weston Super Mare remain perched at the top of the league after a comfortable win over luckless Hartley Wintney.

Weston started strongly and after 13 minutes went ahead. A free-kick on the left edge of the Row area saw DAYLE GRUBB curl a shot around the wall and the ball found the corner of the net. (1-0)

Hartley responded well and had a chance when newcomer to the squad, Jonny Efedje, crossed to Paul Hodges, who shot over.

The Row then had a strong penalty appeal turned down after Kingsley Eshun appeared to have been fouled in the penalty area.

The Seagulls doubled the lead on 33 minutes. A cross from Jordan Bastin was not fully cleared by the Row defence and JAMES DODD fired home a shot from 25 yards. (2-0)

Two minutes before the break, the Seagulls pecked their way to a third goal. A ball played into the Hartley area caught the attention of the eagle-eyed referee when he spotted a tug on a home player and awarded a penalty kick. DAYLE GRUBB stepped up and converted the award. (3-0)

Weston continued in the ascendancy in the second period, but were to record just one more goal.

DAYLE GRUBB was still hungry for a goal in order to complete his hat-trick. On 68 minutes he fashioned a chance for himself from distance, and his parting shot from around 25 yards found the corner of the net. (4-0)

During the second period, Row 'keeper, Damian Niemczycki, pulled off several good stops, in particular from Marlon Jackson and a free-kick from Lloyd Humphries.

The Row rallied towards the end in search of a consolation goal, but were unable to create a meaningful chance. The Seagulls, with their belly full, were content to play out the remaining time in order to preserve a clean sheet. [D Graham]

WESTON SUPER MARE: Max Harris, Jason Pope, Scott Laird, Jacob Jagger-Cane, Lloyd Humphries, Sam Avery, James Dodd, Marlon Jackson, Dayle Grubb, Jordan Bastin, Reuben Reid.
Subs: Jay Murray (used), Elis Watts (used), Noah Coppin (used), Alfie Moulden, Luke Purnell

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Damian Niemczycki, Tom Leggett, Louie Paget, Jayden Hutchings, Matt Drage, Toby Nevile, Jonny Efedje, George Spiers, Anis Nuur, Kingsley Eshun, Paul Hodges.
Subs: Benjamin Purcell, Reese Jones, Jake Rumble, Shamar Moore, Lewis Hoy (g/k)

Hartley Man of the Match: MATT DRAGE
  • KOB

    05-12-2022, 14:06

    Thanks, David, for a match summary that is a lot more entertaining than the game was, at least for Hartley.

    Second from bottom and with the teams around us with, in some cases, several games in hand over us, I think it's now fair enough to say we're in a relegation battle. We've played half the season of 42 league games, even though it's still early December. I hope the boys at least took something useful away from that game against the league leaders. With players out, and having to visit a very strong and much inform Weston-Super-Mare, the result is not an embarrassment, but we need to try to learn from each game and I'm sure Ian will have made that point.

    Let's be honest here, the damage this season was done in pre-season and played out in the opening months. We came through one Great Escape, but that was back in the CCL. It will be a lot tougher this time. I know there are fans that are consistently upbeat and optimistic (hats off to you!), and some that don't much like me being what I call a realist but what they would probably call a pessimist. Be that as it may, what's needed to turn things around from here is quite an ask of the new management team. If they and the boys succeed, that would be one hell of an achievement, given where we are today.
    • Rob.b

      05-12-2022, 18:18

      Saturday was just one of those games that was best ignored. I thought we had zero chance to be honest. Weston are just one of the big clubs with good attendances and budgets. We are small fry in comparison and will always remain that way in this league.
      Who knows what the next few weeks will bring, but we desperately need a win from somewhere. The league is still tight, we are three wins from mid table, Boxing day could be a vital game. I will still come and cheers the boys on, and maybe the odd away game, but I am not sure if I still believe?