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.
HALF TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 0 TIVERTON TOWN 0
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]
FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 0 TIVERTON TOWN 1
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)
HARTLEY MOTM: PASCAL KPOHOMOUH