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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.

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]

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

CROWD: 203
  • Rob.b

    15-12-2021, 14:22

    Last night was hugely enjoyable, an epic performance by every player out there . We got that bit of luck with a softish penalty but we were by far the better team anyway. It was all about work rate, doing our jobs, and concentration. Kingsley ran all night, Luke was so strong in goal, Edwards always a handful and Webby always getting stuck in, but everybody deserved praise.
    I think Mick and I need to take a tiny credit for the penalty save. One of their fans (who also called us a 'shit or bust team' ,whatever that is) said their player has missed his last 3 penalties so we did our best to wind him up and make it 4 missed, LOL!
    Great to walk away feeling happy again.
  • KOB

    15-12-2021, 11:57

    Superb effort from the boys with a performance of grit and confidence to win a hugely precious 3 points. Great to see and hear them singing again afterwards. They mustn't get carried away with one result but they can rightly take a lot of confidence from their performance.
    Very well done boys.
    • VINTY

      15-12-2021, 15:00

      At last something to smile at! What happened. This performance was magnificent. This was a battling display by the lads tonight who probably for the first time this season fought for every 50/50 ball. instead of always being second best, and they harried and frustrated a technically better outfit into making mistakes and who were getting more and more agitated as the game wore on. The team seemed to have more shape to it tonight as well. Drage and Taylor played with great composure at the back, the midfield engaged with the opposition on equal terms and Kingsley's running at defenders scaring the life out of them every time he had the ball ably assisted by Sam who won practically every header that came his way. Added to Luke in goal, although the penalty save was a nice height for him, minutes earlier he performed even better when he stood up to a one on one situation and gave his opponent little room to manouvre and put his body in the way to save the shot.
      We also again had the luxury of scoring first from the penalty spot and this time we held on to half time quite easily giving the opposition very few scoring opportunities whilst also playing some nice football.
      We knew they would come out like a bullet in the second half but again we were comfortable holding them until the official gave them a dubious penalty when their player stood on the ball and fell over, but they missed the opportunity to equalise.
      Shortly afterwards another bizarre incident by the official when one of our players sliced the ball when attempting to clear and Luke dived to pick up the ball, was promptly booked when he decided it was a back pass, which fortunately came to nothing. Just two incidents which could have turned the game. Even so the lads had two or three opportunities to increase the scoring, Sam hit the post, and other times the
      ball was scrambled away.
      At the final whistle there was for the first time this season a tremendous roar from the home supporters who all went home with a smile on their faces and who appreciated what a titanic struggle the lads had put up and who thoroughly deserved the win against a top two side.
      How much confidence this will give lads beggars belief but
      consistency is the word of the game, as I am sure Millers
      will try to drive into them, and they have got to go and do it all over again on Saturday to produce the same result.
      Is this the start of something good??? UP THE ROW
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