Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Metropolitan Police
Post by KOB - 15-12-2021, 11:53
Hartley Wintney v Metropolitan Police, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Tuesday 14th December 2021
Report by David Graham
Hartley Wintney ended their long winless run of league results with a splendid performance to enable them to lock up the points from second placed Metropolitan Police. In the end it came down to a tale of two penalties. The Row converted from the spot, while the Met saw their effort saved by 'keeper Luke Williams.
The Row started well and on 8 minutes took the lead. Reece Wylie made good progress down the left wing and his cross into the penalty area found Sam Argent who was hauled down. JORDAN EDWARDS took the spot-kick and scored comfortably with a shot to the keeper's left.
On 13 minutes Edwards almost became provider as his cross from the left was just about scrambled clear by the visitors' defence.
Hartley continued in the ascendancy and on 21 minutes a corner from the right from Josh Webb found the head of Daniel Fitchett, who saw his effort saved by Liam Beach in the Met goal. A minute later, a powerful run down the right by Kingsley Eshun ended when he was squeezed out at the near post.
The Met had a clear opportunity to score on 27 minutes when a long ball found Oliver Knight behind the Row defence. The winger's parting shot went wide.
Five minutes later the visitors had an even better chance. A long cross-field ball from the left by Knight eluded the Hartley defence, leaving Jonathan Hippolyte with a clear run in on goal. However the winger miscued his shot and it went wide.
HALF TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 1 METROPOLITAN POLICE 0
Hartley started the second half well but a quick break by the Met on 58 minutes saw Jack Mazzone feed Liam Ferdinand with a clear run in on goal. Luke Williams in the Row goal came out bravely and blocked the fierce shot from Ferdinand.
Two minutes later and the Row created a good chance. Fitchett and Argent combined well and the parting shot from the latter was saved by Beach.
On 60 minutes a bit of controversy arrived. A miscued clearance from Row full-back, Ryan Case, was picked up by Williams, the Hartley goalie. 'Not guilty Guv' claimed Hartley as they surrounded the referee, Nicholas Metcalfe. Fortunately for the Row, the kick was to the right of the goal and they were able to clear.
Sam Argent found space down the right on 66 minutes and his cross-cum-shot crashed off the post, with the visitors just about scrambling away the rebound.
On 75 minutes an Edwards corner found Argent, who saw his header saved by Beach.
The Met had a decent spell and on 86 minutes were awarded a penalty kick when Sam De St.Croix was felled in the area. Mazzone stepped up but saw his effort parried by Luke Williams, diving to his left, and the Row managed to clear.
The remaining minutes saw few chances, though Eshun caused the visitors' defence a number of problems with his strong running. Four minutes of added time were negotiated and Hartley held on for a well merited win. For the Row it was a good team performance with all sections of the side at the top of their form. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 1 METROPOLITAN POLICE 0
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Ryan Case, Reece Wylie, Matt Drage, Harry Taylor, Harrison Bayley, Josh Webb, Jordan Edwards, Sam Argent (c), Daniel Fitchett, Kingsley Eshun.
Subs: Aaron Goode, Toby Raggett (on), Kofi Halliday (on), Pascal Kpohomouh, Adam Allen (on)
METROPOLITAN POLICE: Liam Beach, William Wickham, Archie Vincent, Louis Birch, Bernard Tanner, Rudy Allen, Oliver Knight, Sam De St.Croix, Jack Mazzone, Liam Ferdinand, Jonathan Hippolyte.
Subs: Salhin Abubakar, Herson Alves, Archy Taylor, Ricky Johnson, Jasper Mather
MAN OF THE MATCH : KINGSLEY ESHUN