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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Beaconsfield Town

Post by KOB - 29-09-2021, 11:58

Hartley Wintney v Beaconsfield Town, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South, Tuesday 28th September 2021
Report by David Graham

Beaconsfield Town maintained their good record playing at Hartley Wintney, with an emphatic 4-1 win.

The match was just 30 seconds old when the Rams took the lead. There was a touch of fortune with the goal. Alexandra Lafleur shot from the left of the penalty area and his effort was going wide. However, NATHAN MINHAS reacted quickly and managed to get a nick on the effort and it found the corner of the net. (0-1)

Beaconsfield attacked non stop and the pace of their forwards had the Row defence on the back foot. On 7 minutes the Hartley goal had a scare when a Minhas cross along the goal line saw the Row defence somehow keep the ball out. Two minutes later, Lafleur tried his luck and his effort went narrowly wide.

Two minutes later Hartley had their first spell of pressure and a free-kick from Ryan Case saw Josh Webb and Matt Drage have efforts blocked in the penalty area.

The visitors resumed on the offensive and came close on 17 minutes. A Toby Little corner found the head of Luke Neville and his effort hit the crossbar. However, the second goal was delayed by just two minutes. A long ball found right winger, Antonis Vasillou, in the clear behind the Row defence, with a suspicion of offside. The winger squared and TOBY LITTLE was on hand to shoot home from 12 yards. (0-2)

The Rams almost added a third on 30 minutes when a cross-shot from the tricky Vasillou just missed the far post.

Approaching half-time, Hartley started to get a foothold in the match. Jordan Edwards and Ben Wright combined on 35 minutes and the latter's parting shot brought out a save from Aymen Azaze in the Beaconsfield goal. Then on 42 minutes the Row pulled a goal back. Reece Wylie and Ryan Case combined well down the right and the inch-perfect delivery from the latter found the head of BEN WRIGHT at the back post, who netted comfortably. (1-2)

On the stroke of half-time Hartley had another scare. Minhas, looking well offside, was faced with a one on one with Luke Williams in the Row goal. Minhas rounded the keeper but under hit his shot at the empty net and Matt Drage managed to clear off the line.

With the rain continuing to pour down as it did throughout the match, there was a very slow start to the second period, with very little incident of note. The first real action saw the Rams increase their lead on 64 minutes. With Hartley pressing forward, the visitors broke quickly and NATHAN MINHAS outpaced the Row defence before shooting past the advancing Williams into the net. (1-3)

The Row almost had a quick reply. A minute later, Webb created space for himself on the edge of the penalty area and was unlucky to see his effort go wide.

Beaconsfield always looked the more likely to score and added a fourth on 76 minutes. Good build up down the right, involving several players, fashioned a chance for BAJRAM PAJRAM on the edge of the area and his low shot found the corner of the net. (1-4)

Hartley almost pulled a goal back on 87 minutes. Substitute Reece Robins fired in a shot with the outside of his right foot from the left which proved awkward for 'keeper Azaze, but he somehow kept the ball out by knocking it onto the crossbar.

A disappointing evening for the Row after such a fine performance at the weekend. It was a match when a number of the frailties resurfaced from earlier in the season.

The Rams looked a very useful side and are unbeaten in their three visits to Hartley. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Ryan Case, Leo Hamblin, Matt Drage, Nathan Smart (c), Harrison Bayley, Josh Webb, Reece Wylie, Sam Argent, Ben Wright, Jordan Edwards
Subs: Reece Robins (on), Sam Shaw (on), Toby Raggett, Khalid Simmo (on), Dean Stow

BEACONSFIELD TOWN: Aymen Azaze, Callum Webb, Alexanda Lafleur, Oliver Sprague, Luke Neville, Scott Donnelly, Antonis Vasillou, Toby Little, Nathan Minhas, Kensley Maloney, Bajram Pashaj.
Subs: Marcus Johnson-Shuster, Carl Stewart (on), Tyrone Lewthwaite (on), Jefferson Louis (on), Dylan Kearney.
Attendance: 163
Hartley Man of the Match: JORDAN EDWARDS
  • KOB

    29-09-2021, 12:19

    I'm going to be a bit cryptic here, but anyone who has followed us for a while will likely understand. This game reminded me a lot of the autumn midweek match against Met Police a few seasons back where we were put to the sword and coincidentally also ended 4-1 to the visitors. Things were 'progressed' on the back of that game and we finished the league season 8th.

    I don't want to diminish the good result on Saturday at Weston, but from last night it's clear we need a similar level of progression now. I won't say much more because I saw what it meant to the lads, if the look on Ryan's face afterwards was anything to go by. It hurt and it's right that it did. No disrespect to Jordan and the committee that picked MOTM last night, but he was shackled most of the night and unable to contribute all that much. For me Ryan Case was the standout performance for us and his delivery into the box our only real threat all night; his peach of a cross onto Ben's head for our goal was perfection.
    • VINTY

      29-09-2021, 12:42

      We asked for consistency after our great win on Saturday but I am afraid instead we got a sluggish and sloppy display against a team who got hammered on Saturday and had let in 9 goals in the last two games. I know our intrepid reporter says they are a useful side but we made them look good by our inability to put two or three passes together and giving the ball away too easily to the opposition and being unable to contain them when they broke clear.
      I had better stop there because I know some of the lads were upset by the performance, (as we all were) and somehow Millers has got to get the format right and move forward and get the lads working together as a team instead of the occasional flashes of individual skill. I am sure he will succeed in this.
      Saturday another big day against Taunton. Lets hope
      some of the lessons have been learnt and the boys put this disappointment behind them and give a display that we know we are capable of. Let us supporters do our bit and get behind them. UP THE ROW.
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