Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Farnborough
Post by KOB - 02-01-2022, 12:35
Hartley Wintney v Farnborough, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Saturday 1st January 2022
Report by David Graham
Farnborough strengthened their position as league leaders with a solitary goal win in the North Hampshire derby.
Farnborough used the pace of winger Selim Saied in the early stages and almost had success in the second minute when his cross was met by David Pratt, who saw his effort blocked.
Hartley edged possession but without getting sight of the Boro goal, and the first real chance fell to the visitors on 17 minutes, when a left-wing run and cross from Saied found former Row favourite, Paul Hodges. He skied his shot over the bar.
Hartley were having most of the play but without testing Jack Turner in the Boro goal, and again it was Boro that could have gone ahead on 28 minutes. John Oyenuga made good progress down the right-wing and his cross saw David Pratt shoot over.
Hartley threatened on 36 minutes following a darting run by Reece Wylie. The midfielder's cross had Boro keeper, Jack Turner, struggling, and the Boro defence were relieved to scramble the ball clear.
On the stroke of half-time the Row came close A free-kick from Jordan Edwards was not fully cleared, and a shot from Leo Hamblin from 20 yards went narrowly over the bar.
HALF TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 0 FARNBOROUGH 0
The Boro looked more incisive after the break, but it was the Row that had a couple of early chances. Wylie made ground on the left and his cross found the head of Sam Argent, who saw his effort go over the crossbar. A minute later, a powerful run down the right by Kingsley Eshun saw the Boro defenders just about scramble the ball clear.
Play moved to the other end and Hodges had his second chance of the afternoon. Picking up a loose ball 25 yards out, he managed to elude Row defenders before seeing his shot go over the crossbar. However, PAUL HODGES was not to be denied when he made it 'third attempt lucky' by opening the scoring on 56 minutes. Ricky Holmes found space on the left-wing and his low cross was swept into the net by the influential former Row and Woking player. (0-1)
Hartley strove hard to get on level terms but made little impression on a resolute Boro defence. On 70 minutes a long free-kick into the Boro area saw a scramble which Farnborough managed to clear.
With very few chances being created from open play, set-pieces were offering some hope to both sides. A free-kick on 83 minutes from Boro's Sam Deering saw the Row just manage to scramble the ball clear.
In added time, a long free-kick into the Boro area from Edwards saw Dan Fitchett shoot home from 12 yards. However, the referee had just blown for a foul on Turner, who had been impeded. In the end a very tight match in front of a bumper Bank Holiday crowd of 805, the highest for a Hartley league match, home or away, since the Row joined the Southern League in 2017. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 0 FARNBOROUGH 1
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, Dan Fitchett (on)
FARNBOROUGH: Jack Turner, Jordan Alawode-Williams, John Oyenuga, Frankie Sutherland, Richard Orlu, CJ Fearn, Ricky Holmes, Sam Deering, David Pratt, Paul Hodges, Selim Saied
Subs: Louie Theophameous, Reggie Young (on), Seth Owens (on), Jordan Rose (on), Louie Paget
HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH : Harry Taylor
Anthony Millerick spoke with David after the game.
"I felt there was very little between the sides and we were very competitive throughout the match, although sometimes we became a bit too predictable. Lewis Hoy in goal has been a very able deputy for Luke Williams, who is currently out with Covid. Over the two matches Lewis has not had too much to do."
Millers continued, "I felt our level of play in the first half was good, but we dropped a bit in the second period, and I'm obviously disappointed with the result. But the big Bank Holiday crowd made for a good match atmosphere, and all in all a good honest performance from the team and a very close match again."