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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Hendon

Post by KOB - 13-10-2021, 10:50

Hartley Wintney v Hendon, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Tuesday 12th October 2021
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney moved away from the relegation area with a hard fought win over Hendon. The win came with a goal from the Row's 'Prodigal Son', Mitch Parker, four minutes from the end, in part courtesy of an error by the otherwise impressive Dons goalie, Fred Burbidge.

The Row started on the front foot and on 2 minutes Mitch Parker set up Kingsley Eshun with a chance. The striker's well placed shot saw Fred Burbidge dive full length and push the ball around the post.

However the opening goal was only delayed by another 4 minutes. Leo Hamblin made good progress down the left and his cross found JOSH WEBB, who shot home from the edge of the penalty area. (1-0)

Hartley had the ball in the net again a minute later when a Dons clearance hit a Row player and the ball went behind their defence. Parker latched on to it and shot home. However the assistant referee adjudged him to be offside and the flag was raised.

Hendon recorded their first effort on 7 minutes when a good flowing move saw Hamza Semaulka bring out a good diving save from Luke Williams in the Row goal.

On 11 minutes Hartley could and probably should have added a second. Parker sent Jordan Edwards through for a one-on-one with Burbidge. The midfielder's shot beat the keeper but crashed off the crossbar.

Edwards was soon in the action again when he got on the end of a good flowing Row move and watched as his parting shot went wide.

The Dons were not without their own chances, and a Liam Brooks effort brought out a good save from a well positioned Williams.

The Row returned to the attack. A corner from Josh Webb saw the Dons struggle to clear, and Row centre-back Matt Drage watched his close range effort bring out an amazing save from Burbidge.

Hartley continued to press and thought they had scored after a huge melee in the Hendon 6 yard box. The ball first hit the crossbar and then the post in the scramble.

A minute later the Row had a scare when a short back pass ended with a Dons forward shooting across the face of the goal.

On the half hour, a slick move involving Eshun and Webb saw Sam Argent record an effort on target which brought out a good save by Burbidge.

Approaching half time, the Dons had a sustained period of pressure which ended when a dangerous Shaun Lucien cross took a deflection and brought another fine save from Williams.
HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 1 Hendon 0

Hendon showed much more intent in the second period. On 52 minutes Hartley had a scare when a through ball saw the defence waiting for offside. However, Brooks decided to run past the offside forwards and gave himself a clear run in on goal. The Row were relieved when Jacques Kpohomouh managed to get back and put in a first class tackle which got the ball without tripping the Hendon forward.

The Dons looked the more likely to score in what had become a very end to end game. Joe Budd had an effort off target on 55 minutes after a good right wing break involving Lucien and Tafari Moore. Hartley responded and two minutes later a Josh Webb corner saw Drage shoot wide from a difficult angle.

Hendon were having more of the play and on 69 minutes a shot from Wilson Carvalho again tested Williams in the Row goal. The visitors then pulled level on 74 minutes. A fast break down the right saw an accurate cross which was headed in at the near post by JOE WHITE. (1-1)

On 82 minutes, a Reece Wylie cross found Parker, who headed wide. However the Row striker was not to be denied. On 87 minutes, a spell of Hendon pressure ended with a long, hopeful punt upfield by the Row defence. It caught Burbidge in two minds, whether to kick clear or allow the ball to enter the penalty area. He chose the latter and MITCH PARKER, who had chased the ball down, gained possession and scored into an unguarded net. (2-1)

Hendon had a good chance to equalise on 88 minutes. A long free-kick from the right found Christian Smith unmarked. However the defender directed his header over the crossbar. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: Hartley Wintney 2 Hendon 1

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Jacques Kpohomouh, Leo Hamblin, Harrison Bayley, Nathan Smart (c), Matt Drage, Josh Webb, Jordan Edwards, Sam Argent, Mitch Parker, Kingsley Eshun
Subs: Reece Wylie (on), Khalid Simmo (on), Sam Shaw, Ryan Case, Reece Robins (on)

HENDON: Fred Burbidge, Tafari Moore, Lucas Perry, Christian Smith, Tommy Brewer, Sam Dreyer, Shaun Lucien, Joe Budd, Joe White, Liam Brookes, Hamza Semaulka.
Subs: Wilson Cavalho (on), Kieran Forbes (on), Ronan Hutchings, Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway, Jayden Clarke (on).

Attendance: 208

    13-10-2021, 12:37

    I have to say that the lads produced their best home performance of the season, especially in the opening
    half an hour when they were rampant and had Hendon on the back foot. We scored after five minutes, hit the bar twice and the post and had enough chances to put the game to bed, but for all our fantastic effort we only had one goal to show for it and everyone knows in football one goal is never enough.
    Hendon started to come out of their slumber and started testing our defence and sure enough midway through the second half after a heavy bout of pressure they equalised.
    At this point I spoke to Millers who was on the other side of
    the field and said I hoped we were not going to throw the game away to which he told me to "go away" or words to that effect. He was right, and I was totally wrong (o ye of little faith) as Mitch chased a long ball, the keeper came out to the edge of his area hesitated ( he who hesitates is lost) and Mitch nicked the ball and the rest is history. At last we won at home to give our faithful followers something to cheer about.
    But this was a great all round performance by the lads. the two full backs produced superb interceptions to help the
    centrebacks keeping the defence tight, the midfield tried to keep it simple and the forwards ran all night until running out of steam. On came the subs, (this was a pretty powerful subs bench) and played their part in giving fresh impetus to the team. Millers at last has got that nice luxury dilemma of now who to pick and who to leave on the bench. With the confidence high it is just a pity there is no game this week
    for the lads to continue to advance. UP THE ROW

    • Mick

      13-10-2021, 14:11

      Certainly playing strongly on the front foot for as long as possible reaped rewards tonight. The trident of 3 strikers with in my view different skill sets, worked out well in this match. Kingsley - Sam and Mitch were effective. It may not always be possible to play this combination together - nor indeed may we wish to against some other teams. The whole squad worked tirelessly and hearing the younger fans in good voice backing them was a joy! The defence did have to rely on some splendid last moment tackles at times when Hendon exerted considerable pressure. When Mitch refused to give up on a long chase to the edge of their penalty area, he got his just reward to secure the welcome points and put smiles on faces! :-)
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