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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)

CROWD 200 (estimate)
  • Tyler

    10-11-2021, 18:44

    There were two very well-taken goals scored by Chesham on Saturday, and the same again last night. Kings Langley may have been bottom ahead of last night's game, but it's not always about what Hartley are getting wrong. We can still give the opposition a bit of credit where it's due.

    We can expect a win on Saturday and I'm sure we can cope with the added pressure of now trying to "right the wrongs" of back-to-back defeats. This doesn't mean we should (or will) underestimate Willand, but Saturday's game is not just about prize money or getting through to the next round now, it's also a chance to put a couple of poor performances firmly behind us and lift all of our spirits, players and supporters included.

    No doubt just a coincidence, but our record in midweek matches is particularly poor, and I've driven home from most of those games feeling very flat. However, I've still seen more good than bad this season, and always remain quietly confident ahead of the next game, regardless of our last result or who our next opponent is. We know how good we are on our day but we just need to showcase that more often; that will hopefully come very soon.
    • KOB

      11-11-2021, 11:41

      Well said Tyler. I hope we won't dare underestimate Willand Rovers, who beat Yate Town in the previous round (after Yate had battled in midweek in the FA Cup it's true, but still...). Willand will look at our recent results and what's being said and will believe that they have a great chance to turn us over on Saturday, and who could blame them for thinking that. If we focus and play the way that I know the squad we have can, then we have a good chance. But if we're not fully prepared for a tough game, and fully focused from minute one, we'll likely be punished again.
      Be ready for it boys!
  • KOB

    10-11-2021, 11:36

    I'll keep my thoughts to myself for now and let others who were there comment if they wish to. Feel for those who made the journey and had to endure that. Here's what Millers had to say on our Twitter feed after the game.

    "Thank you to those who made the journey tonight to support us. As a collective we’ve let you down, let the club down and let ourselves down. Very few people come out of tonight with any credit. What a short time 10 days is in football!

    "The group was good 10 days ago, good after the Swindon win and has made us proud at various times this season... and that will happen again. Tonight was a dark night for us but keep the faith."
    • Mick

      10-11-2021, 17:18

      There are strong characters within the Hartley squad who will influence the next game against Willand Rovers. Millars knows that no one will be hiding when the chips are down, and it is the responsibility of the fans to back the performance at The Memorial Ground. Let's ensure we back the squad and have an afternoon that everybody can be proud of. :-)
    • Rob.b

      10-11-2021, 15:56

      Must admit am very dissapointed by last night. I could not go but felt we should have a chance of atleast a point against a struggling team. We have really battled in out last couple of home game and its been more determination than skill that has got us through.
      It feels like we have a short window to get the team to gel and improve before we get dragged into a scrap at the bottom. We have some good induvigal players but we need to work together, particually at the back. I will be soaking up the sun in Tenerife and not be back until the Yate game by which I hope we can make improvements, or it could be a loooong season.

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