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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Yate Town

Post by KOB - 24-11-2021, 10:56

Hartley Wintney v Yate Town, Pitching In Southern League Premier South. Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Report by David Graham

A superb late goal from Reece Wylie, two minutes after coming on, gave Hartley Wintney a deserved share of the points against in-form Yate Town. On a bitterly cold night, the performance of their players certainly warmed the hearts of the Row faithful.

Hartley started well and soon the Bluebells goal was under pressure. On 8 minutes, Khalid Simmo had an opening and his shot was saved at full stretch by Andrew Hannah in the Yate goal.

The Row remained on top and on 9 minutes Harry Taylor was unlucky to see his header from a corner deflected wide. Then Jordan Edwards made a surging run from midfield on 12 minutes and saw his parting shot from 20 yards also deflected wide.

Hartley continued to dominate, with the Bluebells pinned in their own half, and on 22 minutes Daniel Fitchett gave a reverse pass in the penalty area to Josh Webb, who saw his shot saved by Hannah. However, the long overdue goal finally arrived on 26 minutes.

Fitchett threaded a ball through to debutant KOFI HALLIDAY, who ran on and shot past the outrushing Hannah. (1-0)

Yate started to gain a foothold in the match and their first effort of note arrived on 44 minutes. A cross from Joseph Tumelty found the head of James Harding and his goal-bound header brought out a good save from Luke Williams in the Row goal.

In added time Hartley had a chance to increase their lead. Loose play by the Bluebells defence allowed Halliday a chance, but Hannah was able to save comfortably.

Yate were quickly out of the blocks in the second period and equalised on 46 minutes. A free-kick into the Hartley penalty area was not fully cleared. The ball was returned into the area. LUKE HOPPER did well to create a bit of space and scored with a low shot from close range. (1-1)

The Bluebells continued in the ascendancy and on 48 minutes Joseph Hall had an effort from the edge of the area which was deflected wide.

Hartley regained the initiative and on 58 minutes Leo Hamblin and Khalid Simmo combined well and the latter saw his shot go just over the bar. A minute later Hartley produced another good move. Webb and Ryan Case combined and the latter's cross found the head of Edwards, who saw his effort tipped over the bar by Hannah.

On 61 minutes, a long range shot from Case went wide as the Row continued to press. Two minutes later, Simmo set-up Halliday for a chance which the winger was unable to convert when well placed. On 65 minutes, Case got down the right wing and his cross was just missed by Fitchett.

Totally against the run of play, Yate went ahead on 68 minutes. A fast break down the right saw an accurate cross which was headed home at the far post by OLIVER MEHEW. (1-2)

Hartley pressed virtually non-stop until the final whistle. On 71 minutes, a good build-up by the Row created an opening for Josh Webb, but his shot went over from the edge of the area.

Hamblin made a good overlapping run on 76 minutes and his cross was just missed by the incoming Hartley forwards. Then, on 84 minutes, Jordan Edwards had a shot saved as the Row continued to press.

Two minutes later the Bluebells nearly sealed the match with a breakaway, but Mehew was denied by Williams in a one-on-one duel. The save proved to be crucial. Hartley worked the ball to REECE WYLIE, who had just come off the bench, on 88 minutes. The young midfielder took aim from 25 yards and scored with an unstoppable shot past Hannah. (2-2)

Hartley almost snatched all the points in added time. Toby Raggett made space on the left and his shot-come-cross was narrowly missed by the Row forwards.

This was one of Hartley's better performances of the season despite having a number of their regular players missing. Matt Drage and Leo Hamblin had fine games, and Josh Webb gave a master class in midfield, where the Row dominated throughout. [D Graham]


HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Ryan Case, Leo Hamblin, Matt Drage, Harry Taylor, Harrison Bayley, Josh Webb, Jordan Edwards (c), Daniel Fitchett, Khalid Simmo, Kofi Halliday
Subs: Toby Raggett (on), Aaron Goode, Adam Allen, Reece Wylie (on), Jaci Gardner.

YATE TOWN: Andrew Hannah, Sam Turl, William Tunnicliff, Jamie Adams, Matthew Bower, Andy Lewis, Joseph Tumelty, Sam Kamara, Luke Hopper, James Harding, Joseph Hall.
Subs: Joshua Allen (on), Daniel Bratham, Stuart Fleetwood, Oliver Mehew (on), Kinsly Murray (on)

  • KOB

    24-11-2021, 11:06

    A tremendous show of character from the team, especially given the recent circumstances and then going 2-1 down against the run of play. Heads didn't drop and they got their reward. This was a good point against an in-form Yate Town, even if the lads will feel they deserved all three.

    Plenty of good performances, with Webby at his brilliant best. Personally I'm pleased to see Khalid brought back in from his loan spell away; he needs to convert the promise into a goal or two to his name, but he's an exciting young player that creates space for others.

    Very well done boys. It seems reports of our demise have been highly exaggerated. The Hartley spirit is alive and well!
    • KOB

      25-11-2021, 10:29

      Just in response to Vinty's post, it's right and proper to highlight good performance from the officials. It shows there are good and not so good, and those who are not so good need to swallow their pride and aspire to being better. And it shows that as supporters we don't berate every official.

      The boys could have reacted in one of two ways to recent setbacks and our comments on here. They could have taken it as being unfair and thrown in the towel. Or they could have taken it on the chin and wanted to show what they are really capable of. Typically for a Hartley team, they chose the second option and for that we have to shake their hands, every one of them. Not to say we won't hit more rocks in the road, but as Vinty and Millers have said, if we play on the front foot, with confidence and keep our belief however the game goes, we will always be able to hold our heads high, no matter what the final outcome.
    • VINTY

      24-11-2021, 20:55

      At long last the lads put in a performance that gladden the hearts of all those faithful followers after the dramas of the last
      two games. This came about by upping the pressure and speeding up the interaction between the team which gave us
      some sort of hold on the midfield and allowed the forwards
      to interchange more often which caused deep concern in the Yate defence for the whole of the first half where we should have been two or three up with a bit of luck. Yate must have got a earful at halftime because they came out for the second half looking a different team and it was no surprise when they equalised and then went ahead, but back came the boys
      from the dead and after two or three chances to equalise it was left to a cracker from Reece(who probably should have come on a bit earlier as players began to tire) to salvage a point when in reality it should have been all three.
      Never mind, not lets start to get greedy. We should be
      proud of the lads for the do or die spirit which is desperately needed.
      I have been critical of the officials in the last few games,
      but tonight I personally spoke to the officials and congratulated themon their commonsense and level-headed approach to the game, and for the way they went about the game quietly with just the odd word to keep the players in check, to such anextent that we did not even have one player booked!!!! My man of the match was the ref.
      So we go from sinners to saints ---- I hope from now on onwards and upwards!!!

      Next up mighty Folkestone -- its going to be hard.
      Millers has got to patch the side up and tell the lads we
      have nothing to lose, but go out and enjoy ourselves...
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