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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Folkestone Invicta, FA Trophy

Post by KOB - 28-11-2021, 11:32

Hartley Wintney v Folkestone Invicta, The Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper. Saturday 27th November 2021
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney bowed out of the FA Trophy after a wind affected match which made things difficult for the players. A goal in each half enabled Folkestone Invicta to progress into the FA Trophy 3rd round .

Hartley started the brighter and on 10 minutes Jordan Edwards created space for himself on the edge of the penalty area, but his parting shot went over the bar.

The Row had a further chance on 22 minutes when a cross from Ryan Case found Edwards at the far post. The Hartley forward allowed the ball to drop, and shot just wide when perhaps a header may have brought a better outcome.

A minute later Invicta had their first chance when a cross from Joshua Vincent on the right found David Smith, who headed straight at the well positioned Luke Williams in the Row goal. Play moved to the other end and a shot from distance by Ryan Case saw a comfortable save by Tim Roberts in the Invicta goal.

Folkestone came close to going ahead on 29 minutes following a short free-kick on the left. Kieron McCann crossed and Smith at the far post was just unable to turn the ball into the net.

Hartley came into the game but conceded a breakaway goal on 36 minutes. Loose play in the Folkestone half led to a break, and the ball was fed to ADAM YUSUFF on the left. The striker cut in and his shot looked to be going over and wide of the goal. However, the swirling wind altered the ball's direction of travel and it finished going into the roof of the net beyond the stranded Williams. (0-1)

On 39 minutes, a cross from Kofi Halliday for the Row was just missed by the inrushing Case.

Hartley started the second half on the front foot and on 50 minutes a corner on the right from Josh Webb was only partially cleared. Reece Wylie picked up the loose ball but his shot from 20 yards went wide.

Chances were becoming few and far between, with the Row sometimes being guilty of taking one touch too many near the Invicta penalty area.

Folkestone doubled their lead on 63 minutes. With Hartley in the ascendancy, they lost possession while attacking, and Alfie Paxman was able to send SCOTT HEARD sprinting into the Row half with a clearance. The winger was able to run on and shoot past Williams in the Row goal. (0-2)

Hartley had a good chance to reduce the lead on 73 minutes. A good cross-field move gave Halliday an opening, running into the Folkestone penalty area. However, the winger's delayed shot was scrambled off the goal line.

Four minutes from the end, the three Hartley substitutes combined and came close to scoring. Toby Raggett fed James Beauchamp who crossed into Shane Hollamby. Hollamby was unable to adjust to get the required connection. A minute later, after considerable Row pressure, Jacques Kpohomouh saw his shot from the edge of the penalty area go just wide.

Non-stop pressure resulted in a scramble in the Folkestone goalmouth, and a fierce Kpohomouh shot brought out an excellent diving save from Roberts in the Invicta goal.

For Hartley, a decent performance with the side missing a number of their regular players due to injuries and suspensions. Several times good scoring positions were created but a delayed shot gave Invicta chances to block. Centre-backs Aaron Goode and Matt Drage hardly put a foot wrong, and Williams in goal had a relatively quiet afternoon. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Jacques Kpohomouh, Ryan Case, Matt Drage, Aaron Goode, Harrison Bayley, Josh Webb, Reece Wylie, Jordan Edwards, Reece Robins, Kofi Halliday
Subs: Toby Raggett (on), Shane Hollamby (on), James Beauchamp (on), Anton Miller, Jack Gardner, Lewis Hoy (g/k)

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Tim Roberts, Joshua Vincent, Kieron McCann, Matthew Newman, Callum Davies, Ryan Johnson, Scott Heard, David Smith, Adam Yusuff, Alfie Paxman.
Subs: Jordan Wright, Oliver Freeman (on), Luca Borerello, Michael Everitt (on), Connor Collins (g/k)

HARTLEY M.O.T.M: Aaron Goode

David spoke with Hartley Wintney manager, Anthony Millerick, after the game.
"I thought it was a good, hard working and honest performance from the team today. The wind made life difficult for both teams, but we were disappointed to lose two goals from breakaways when we were moving forward.

"With injuries and suspensions, we are pulling players in from wherever at the moment," Millers added. "They have all done well. Luke in goal barely had a save to make all afternoon, which makes the result that much more disappointing. We're definitely not getting the rub of the green at the moment in matches.

"On Tuesday, for the match against Poole Town, we are hopeful Pascal Kpohomouh and Harry Taylor will be back."
  • Rob.b

    28-11-2021, 16:43

    I think yesterday was just one of those freak games you can't criticize anybody for loosing. The wind was fierce and it was so cold I called it a day with 15 min to go. We were very light upfront but created a few decent chances, but it was not meant to be, we also seemed offside an awful lot? It was really a game to forget. The important thing is we get a win out of our next two home games and start to progress up the league. We have up 2-3 games in hand on the three teams above us and we have to make that count and start to ease away from the bottom. Its going to be a tropical 11oC on Tuesday, woo hoo!
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