Match Report: Gosport Borough v Hartley Wintney
Post by KOB - 28-12-2021, 11:22
Gosport Borough v Hartley Wintney, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Monday 27th December 2021
Report by David Graham
Hartley Wintney won this Hampshire Derby with their best display of the season to date. The win was all the more remarkable due to the difficult circumstances and challenges which faced the Row before the match was played. Hartley had requested that the fixture be postponed due to having a number of their playing squad, plus coaches, testing positive for one of the Coronavirus strains. The appeal was finally turned down.
The Row were missing goalkeeper Luke Williams, midfielder Josh Webb and striker Dan Fitchett. Youngster, Lewis Hoy, made his debut between the sticks, and Adam Allen also made a full debut in midfield.
Hartley made the perfect start with a goal in the first minute. An accurate cross-field pass from Sam Argent found JORDAN EDWARDS on the left. Edwards showed skill to get towards the goal line and his cross-come-shot crossed the line of the goal, helped by a deflection. Boro goalkeeper, Albert White, made a valiant effort to keep the ball out, but the assistant referee deemed the ball was over the line and a goal was awarded. (0-1)
Gosport responded and a cross from the right found Daniel Wooden, who shot wide. Then on 9 minutes, a good move down the right by the Boro saw a cross connect with the head of Theo Lewis, his header being saved by Lewis Hoy.
A move down the left from the Row, involving Edwards and Leo Hamblin, saw the latter's cross scrambled clear by the Boro defence.
Hartley were generally in the ascendancy and a cross from the right by Edwards found Kingsley Eshun. The striker laid the ball off to Argent, who shot over and wide from 20 yards. Two minutes later, Eshun and Hamblin combined well down the left and the latter's shot brought out a comfortable save from White.
On the half hour, a corner for the Boro saw Hartley struggle to clear. The ball fell to Mason Walsh who watched his effort bravely blocked by Matt Drage.
On 33 minutes, a free-kick on the left from Edwards eluded the Boro defence and Eshun was just unable to turn the ball into the net. Four minutes later, Edwards tried an audacious shot from 40 yards which lacked enough elevation and White saved.
HALF TIME: GOSPORT BOROUGH 0 HARTLEY WINTNEY 1
Hartley started the second period well and on 46 minutes a move down the left saw the ball squared to Adam Allen on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder's shot went well over.
Five minutes later, a Boro cross from the right by Walsh gave a clear chance to Rory Williams, but he too shot well over, this time from 12 yards.
On 53 minutes Hartley had a good chance to extend the lead. A through ball found Edwards in the clear. The striker delayed his shot and Matthew Casey, chasing back, managed to get an important tackle in.
On 64 minutes the Row had another good chance. An Edwards free-kick found the head of Eshun, who headed wide when well placed.
Hartley extended their lead on 66 minutes. A free-kick outside the area was awarded. JORDAN EDWARDS curled the ball around the wall and into the net. (0-2)
The Row remained on top and on 74 minutes Argent and Edwards combined well to send Kingsley Eshun through on the left. Eshun cut in and his fierce shot from a difficult angle was tipped over by White.
On 81 minutes, a corner from Edwards found Drage, who shot wide from 12 yards. However, two minutes later the match was effectively put out of the Boro's reach.
Eshun was set free down the right. The cross was measured by passing Argent, leaving JORDAN EDWARDS a tap-in at the back post to complete his hat-trick.
Hartley had a good chance to add a fourth on 89 minutes. Eshun sprang the Boro offside trap by running from inside his own half. Keeper White came out bravely and partially blocked. Eshun retrieved the ball and his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line.
On 90 minutes Gosport Borough finally gave their supporters something to cheer about. Ryan Pennery combined with fellow substitute BILLIE BUSARI and the latter shot across Hoy to score a consolation goal. (1-3). Reward for Busari, who looked very lively in the latter stages. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: GOSPORT BOROUGH 1 HARTLEY WINTNEY 3
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Albert White, Rory Williams, Harry Kavanagh, Elliot Wheeler, Matthew Casey, Theo Lewis, Bedsente Gomis, Daniel Wooden, Joshua Huggins, Mason Walsh, Harvey Rew
Subs: Ellis Grant, Bradley Lethridge (on), Matthew Patterson, Ryan Pennery (on), Billie Busari (on)
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Lewis Hoy, Ryan Case, Leo Hamblin, Matt Drage, Harry Taylor, Harrison Bayley, Reece Wylie, Adam Allen, Sam Argent (c), Jordan Edwards, Kingsley Eshun.
Subs: Kofi Halliday (on), Jack Gardner, Tom Cursons (on), Aaron Goode.
HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH : JORDAN EDWARDS
Hartley Wintney manager, Anthony Millerick, shared his thoughts on the game with David afterwards.
"The hours leading up to this match were the worst I have known as a football manager. Not knowing who would be available, and not certain whether the game would be called off, was stressful. The changes made were all enforced."
Millers continued, "The early goal gave us an enormous boost. Jordan Edwards took his goals well. I felt we were relatively comfortable throughout and carried a real threat going forward. With a bit of good fortune in front of goal, we could have added to our scoreline.
"To a man our team were superb today, and I am so pleased for everyone who has been involved. For some of our players, the experience of playing in front of a big crowd will have been beneficial, and with the form we showed today, we should be a good match for anyone.
"Looking forward to next Saturday when we play league leaders and North Hampshire neighbours, Farnborough."