Match Report: Kings Langley v Hartley Wintney
Post by KOB - 10-11-2021, 11:30
Kings Langley v Hartley Wintney , Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Tuesday 9th November 2021
Report by David Graham
In a match between the Division's two village teams, it was the side from Hertfordshire who took the spoils after inflicting a heavy defeat on Hartley Wintney.
Hartley had the first chance on two minutes with a free-kick around 20 yards out. Nic Ciardini took the kick and the low shot beat the wall but was saved by Alfie Marriott in the Kings goal.
Two minutes later the home side went ahead with their first attack following a quick break. Jamie Jellis and ALFIE WILLIAMS combined through the middle and the latter, coming in from the left, shot low into the net. (1-0)
The Kings controlled most of the play and looked the more incisive with their attacks. On 10 minutes Jellis set-up Alexander Lefleur after a move down the left. Luke Williams in the Row goal brought off a good save.
On 17 minutes Kings Langley increased their lead. A cross into the Hartley penalty box was not fully cleared and the ball fell to JACK WOOD who fired home from 20 yards. (2-0)
Four minutes later Jellis and Crawford combined well through the middle and Crawford was unlucky to see his shot deflected just over the crossbar.
Hartley enjoyed a short spell of pressure on 33 minutes, centre-back Matt Drage seeing his shot from a Ryan Case cross go wide.
The Row finally managed to get a shot on target on 44 minutes. Kingsley Eshun forced his way through the home defence but could only watch as his shot from a tight angle was parried by Marriott.
Into added time and the Kings added a third. A free-kick to the right was taken by ALFIE WILLIAMS and, with most expecting a cross, his fierce shot at goal found the corner of the net. (3-0)
Half Time: Kings Langley 3 Hartley Wintney 0
It did not take long for the home side to assert themselves in the second period. On 47 minutes, a good move down the right involving Jack Wood ended with a cross in front of the goal which was turned in by RODERICK COLLINS. (4-0)
On 57 minutes Wood went on a long run from the halfway line and saw his powerful shot flash across the goal. Three minutes later, Williams had a chance from a free-kick which beat the wall but went just wide. However the fifth goal was not long delayed.
On 63 minutes, ALFIE WILLIAMS picked up the ball on half-way and moved towards the Row goal at pace before despatching an accurate shot into the net for his hat-trick. (5-0)
A left-wing corner for the Kings on 71 minutes caused a big scramble in front of the Row goal which was eventually cleared.
The introduction of Toby Raggett for the final 20 minutes injected much needed zest plus enthusiasm into the Hartley team, and they started to get more possession in forward positions. On 73 minutes, Row full-back Leo Hamblin went on a solo run which took him into the Kings penalty area. He took a shot which was blocked, and his follow-up shot was also blocked. Kings then broke straight to the other end and Wood fired wide after a run from the half-way line.
With the match long out of reach, Hartley put together some good passing moves as they pressed for a late consolation goal. This almost arrived on 87 minutes when some hesitant defending by the hosts allowed Eshun a run in on goal. His fierce shot crashed against the crossbar.
FULL TIME: Kings Langley 5 Hartley Wintney 0
The Hartley team were out of sorts on this occasion and were well beaten by a good Kings Langley side. They will not have too long to feel sorry for themselves. They will need to recover by Saturday in order to try and win through to the FA Trophy second round, with a home match against Willand Rovers from the Exeter area. Kick off 3.00pm [D Graham]
KINGS LANGLEY: Alfie Marriott, Leonard Armstrong, Alexander Lefleur, Erin Amu, Jorrell Johnson, Kyle Connolly, Jack Wood, Alfie Williams, Harrison Crawford, Roderick Collins, Jamie Jellis
Subs: Arel Amu (on), Lee Axworthy, Louis Michel-Yamfam (on), Gary Connolly, Will Hoskins (on).
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Ryan Case, Leo Hamblin, Matt Drage, Harry Taylor, Josh Webb, Nic Ciardini, Reece Wylie, Sam Argent, Mitch Parker, Kingsley Eshun.
Subs: Pascal Kpohomouh, Jacques Kpohomouh, Harrison Bayley (on), Reece Robins (on), Toby Raggett (on)
HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH : LEO HAMBLIN
CROWD 200 (estimate)