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Match Report: Winchester City v Hartley Wintney, League Cup

Post by KOB - 06-10-2021, 10:42

Winchester City v Hartley Wintney, Southern League Challenge Cup. Tuesday 5th October 2021
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney progressed into the next round of the League Cup competition thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Winchester City. The Row rested a number of the more experienced players, and virtually all of the younger members of the squad played a part.

It was the Citizens who started the better, and the lively Oliver Bailey brought out a decent stop from Luke Williams in the Hartley goal on 4 minutes. Then on 12 minutes, a corner from Jamie Barron saw Craig Feeney direct his effort just wide.

Hartley came into the game and on 25 minutes Khalid Simmo set-up Reece Wylie and the young midfielder saw his effort pushed onto the crossbar by Charlie Philpott in the City goal.

The Row finished the half strongly. On 43 minutes, striker Toby Raggett was on the end of a good move and his shot was well saved by Philpott. Raggett went close a minute later when he saw his effort hit the crossbar after Simmo had tricked his way into the penalty area.
HALF TIME: Winchester City 0 Hartley Wintney 0

The Citizens started the second half well, and on 46 minutes a crisp move ended with Oliver Bailey shooting just wide. The Row then took a firm grip on the match and the flow was towards the City goal. Wylie and Raggett combined well on 54 minutes and the latter saw his effort go just wide. The returning Mitch Parker almost scored within a minute of coming off the bench on 65 minutes, when he saw his low effort from the edge of the box pushed around the post by Philpott. Six minutes later, a long run by Toby Raggett ended with a shot just over the crossbar.

Hartley pressed non-stop for the opening goal and only some stout defending, plus some inspired goalkeeping, kept the Citizens in the game. However, the deadlock was finally broken on 78 minutes. From a free-kick 25 yards out, Mitch Parker elected to pass to the overlapping left wing-back, Leo Hamblin, and his accurate cross was bundled over the line by TOBY RAGGETT.

The Row had chances to increase their lead, before Winchester surged forward in added time in search of an equaliser. They were rewarded when a high cross from the right found the unmarked MAX SMITH at the back post and he sent his header across Williams and into the net. The match went straight to penalties.

The resulting penalty shoot-out ended 3-1 for the Row. Kingsley Eshun, Ryan Case and Patrick Motindo were successful for Hartley, with Luke Williams saving two. The Citizens scorer from the spot kick was Tyrell Mitford.

Coincidentally, three seasons ago Hartley also won a penalty shoot-out at Winchester in a Hampshire Cup match. [D Graham]
Hartley win 3-1 on penalties.

WINCHESTER CITY: Charlie Philpott, Joshua McCormick, Daniel King, Daniel Bradshaw, Robert Flooks, Kieran Douglas, Max Smith, Jamie Barron, Oliver Bailey, Oliver Balmer, Craig Feeney.
Subs: Tyrell Mitford, Ollie Griggs, Alex Haynes (on), Liam Callaghan, Adam Grange

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Jacques Kpohomouh, Leo Hamblin, Nathan Smart (c), Ryan Case, Harrison Bayley, Sam Shaw, Reece Wylie, Kingsley Eshun, Toby Raggett, Khalid Simmo.
Subs: Patrick Motindo (on), George Sheridan, Ollie Allen (on) , Mitchell Parker (on), Matt Drage
  • KOB

    06-10-2021, 11:04

    Well done boys. Winchester are always well motivated and up for a battle; they always give us a good game, so it's a decent win even if we did fall asleep right at the end. Good to see Toby get pretty much the full ninety minutes on the pitch and score, and he'd have had more were it not for Charlie Philpott and a bit better luck. And well done young Patrick Motindo who came on and scored the winning penalty; City had got themselves back in it after failing to convert the first two, and you never know how it might have gone if Patrick hadn't put away that spot kick under a bit of pressure.

    But perhaps the biggest news of the night... well, has to be the return of the Mitch, surely? Many will be very pleased to see him back in the fold, while a few will consider him very fortunate to get another chance. He's a good guy, a very good player and clearly loves playing for Hartley. Just like me, he needs to learn when to take a very deep breath sometimes and let things go, right Mitch? :-)
    • VINTY

      06-10-2021, 17:28

      This was a bit like an old-fashioned cup tie with both sides going hell for leather at each other quite often forgetting their defensivc duties so that as soon as one surging attack by one side broke down huge gaps appeared in midfield and the other side went on the attack and the only thing missing were goals. We were the main culprits here and by the end of the match we should have had at least half a dozen goals despite the heroics of Charlie Philpott in their goal. Luke was the hero on pens, but the irony is we could have lost the game because in the last minute they had two clear chances -- one went in and the other went straight at Luke. That's football.
      I don't know whether Millers learnt anything about the youngsters playing tonight, but Saturday is a different ball game against Salisbury and we will need a tight defence and a more dominant midfield to enable us to get a result. UP THE ROW!
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