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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town

Post by KOB - 17-11-2021, 11:49

Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Tuesday 16th November 2021
Report by David Graham

Tiverton Town returned to Devon with maximum points following a single goal win at Hartley Wintney, with the home side finishing with just nine players on the pitch.

Tivvy were quickly out of the blocks and on 6 minutes Iseguan Chukwuka gave a reverse pass to Olaf Koszela who shot just wide.

Hartley's first chance arrived on 14 minutes. A Mitch Parker free-kick was only partially cleared to Reece Wylie, who saw his shot saved by Lewis Williams in the visitors' goal.

Tiverton then had a good spell but without creating a clear-cut chance. However, only some last ditch clearances from the Row kept the Devon side at bay.

From the half-hour Hartley gained an edge. On 30 minutes, Leo Hamblin went on a long run and set-up Parker. The Row striker saw his effort parried by Williams, and the Tivvy defence managed to scramble the ball clear.

The Row had the better share of the game until the defining moment in the match arrived on 39 minutes. Kingsley Eshun was proving a handful for the visitors' defence and was subjected to a terrible tackle from behind by Alfie Pond. Eshun reacted and a melee ensued between the players of both sides. Eshun was immediately given a straight red card by referee James Robinson. However, after a period of time it appeared that a player from each side got a yellow card and Pond went unpunished.

On the stroke of half-time Tivvy almost went ahead when Craig Woodman crossed from the left and Kyle Egan shot just wide of the goal.

With the home support feeling a deep sense of injustice with the sending off situation, the Row had to play the entire second half with ten men.

Hartley almost went ahead on 50 minutes. Hamblin made a surging run down the left and his cross across the face of the goal was just missed by inrushing Row forwards.

Five minutes later and the Row had a real let off. Jordan Lam managed to find space down the right and his cross found Koszela, who saw his effort crash off the post before being cleared.

On 57 minutes Egan made good progress down the right and his pass into the penalty area found Lam, who blazed high over the bar. However Lam was not to be denied for long.

On 59 minutes, Chukwuku put in a cross from the left. JORDAN LAM rose and sent a high looping header over Williams and into the net at the far post. (0-1)

Hartley responded well and Harrison Bayley lined up a shooting chance for Ryan Case. The full-back was unlucky to see his effort go just wide.

On 68 minutes, a free-kick on the right for the Row was taken by Parker and resulted in a goalmouth scramble which Tivvy just about cleared.

The Row attacked constantly until the end of the match and showed much spirit, as well as no little attractive, attacking football. A series of corners towards the end saw the Row camped in the Tivvy area. However, the nearest Hartley came to scoring was a free-kick from Jordan Edwards into the area which again saw the visitors just manage to clear.

Deep into added time, Tivvy broke away and were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Row penalty area. Before the kick could be taken, Mitch Parker was sent from the field of play for an off-the-ball incident. The free-kick came to nothing.

Despite the result, which leaves Hartley in amongst the relegation slots, it was a very decent performance from the team. A good number were worthy contenders for Man of the Match, but Pascal Kpohomouh hardly put a foot wrong throughout, with some timely interventions. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Ryan Case, Leo Hamblin, Matt Drage, Pascal Kpohomouh, Harrison Bayley, Josh Webb (c), Reece Wylie, Daniel Fitchett, Mitch Parker, Kingsley Eshun
Subs: Toby Raggett (on), Jacques Kpohomouh, Harry Taylor (on), Jordan Edwards (on), Kyen Nicholas.

TIVERTON TOWN: Lewis Williams, Kyle Egan, Craig Woodman, Joe Belsten, Gary Warren, Alfie Pond, Louis Morrison, Dan Hayfield, Jordan Lam, Olaf Koszela, Iseguan Chukwuka.
Subs: Levi Landicombe, Alexander Moyse, Chris Shephard, Theo Simpson, James Weeks (g/k)

  • KOB

    17-11-2021, 12:07

    I don't see Kingsley as someone who is going to react without very good reason. But his and Mitch's dismissal will prove very, very costly. Folkestone Invicta in the Trophy was already going to be an extremely tough game: they only exited the FA Cup after a replay and by the odd goal against Eastleigh. And now, by my reckoning, we will be without two of our main strikers, Kingsley and Mitch. Leo will be unavailable due to his parent club maybe needing him later in the competition. And new arrival Dan Fitchett, who has joined us from Salisbury, will be cup tied. Have I missed any? I'll admit to being a born pessimist, but I see that game as likely to be pure damage limitation in front of a big crowd of largely Folkestone supporters (who are very welcome, of course). Borrowing a line from a fellow Row supporter, clearly self control, discipline and anger management now need to be on the agenda, also for those on the bench.

    As for the game last night, I'll leave others to comment. David has praised the spirit and effort of the boys.
    • VINTY

      17-11-2021, 17:29

      Hartley gave a much more influential display and played with great spirit with ten men (for the second time in two matches) for much of the game against 12 for the opposition (and I am sure everyone watching knows who the twelfth man is). If anyone wanted to go out and ruin a game this was it. The official strutted around like a peacock as if saying "I'm in charge, you do as I say."
      After a slowish start the lads began to get into the game and played some neat football and were testing their keeper (who kept dropping the ball) and defence into some panic clearances, with Kingsley giving them a rough time, until one of their players decided to play the man and nowhere near the ball and went straight through the back of Kingsley, who crashed to the ground. He was so incensed in the heat of the moment that he got up and pushed the culprit to the ground and then a general fracas occurred with everyone joining in.
      The official took a nonsense view of it and sent Kingsley, the victim, off and booked another of our players and then I can only imagine said to the perpetrator of the incident, "you're a good boy really, you can stay on the field despite causing the incident. And in addition have the extra man." It beggars
      belief that an official can be so incompetent, to put it mildly.

      Back to the game. Tiverton took the lead midway through the second half with an innocuous looking goal, but then the lads seemed to get their second breath and started to sweep forward in droves, pinning their defence back and winning corner after corner. In their desperation Tiverton were pushing and shoving anyone in their way and on at least two occasions a couple of our players were bundled to the ground, but you knew you were not going to get anything as he completely ignored it, but we just lacked that finishing touch. At one time he even had to give us a free kick when the linesman told him someone had used an elbow, even then he did not speak to the player whilst he continued to give us a smattering of yellow cards. Then he sent Mitch off with the last kick of the game, presumably for speaking out of turn, and he was quite rightly booed off the pitch. It was embarrassing to watch.

      What it means in reality is that in the last four days we have had three players sent off and about nine or ten yellow carded. We must be a dirty side --- or so it would seem!!!!
      What is important is how do we respond? There were positives from both games as to our commitment when down to ten men, so it shows there is character in the team.
      There are two vital games before the Folkestone game (where it looks we are going to be at least four players short) and it will be interesting to see how Millers approaches those without key players. But let's move on and upwards.
      UP THE ROW!
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