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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Poole Town

Post by KOB - 26-01-2022, 12:39

Hartley Wintney v Poole Town, Pitching In Southern League Premier South, Tuesday 25th January 2022
Report by David Graham

A strong second-half performance enabled Hartley Wintney to recover from a goal down to collect maximum points against Poole Town.
Poole started well and missed a good chance to take the lead on 5 minutes. Jack Dickson made a good run down the right-wing and his inch-perfect cross found Will Spetch, who shot over from close range.

The Row came into the game and on 13 minutes a Josh Webb cross found Sam Argent, who shot wide.

The Dolphins had a good spell shortly after, and on 15 minutes a slick move down the left saw Sam Jackson's cross fired over the crossbar by Spetch. Three minutes later, Dickson got free down the right and his shot from a tight angle went across the face of the goal.

On the half hour, a rare mistake by Row keeper, Luke Williams, presented Spetch with a goalscoring opportunity. However, the striker shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

On 37 minutes, a free-kick from Webb for the Row had the Dolphins defence scrambling to clear. A minute later, Poole took a deserved lead.

A long ball downfield found WILL SPETCH in the clear. The striker's shot lacked power. However, Williams in the Row goal got his angles wrong and the ball went across him and, despite getting a hand to the ball, it trundled into the net. (0-1)


With Hartley manager Anthony Millerick missing due to illness, the half-time pep talk was given by his assistant, Steve Noakes, and coach Neil Woodyer. It worked, as the Row looked a different side in the second period.

However it was Poole who exerted the early pressure when, on 52 minutes, an effort from Spetch found its way across goal, and Luke Pardoe headed over when well placed.

The Dolphins came closer three minutes later when Pardoe created a chance for himself and was unlucky to see his effort crash off the crossbar.

Hartley then started to get a greater share of the play and dominated the remainder of the match. After a period of pressure, on 57 minutes Webb had an effort from 20 yards which went wide. Two minutes later, good hold-up play from Dan Fitchett created a chance for Jordan Edwards, who shot wide.

On 68 minutes, with Hartley pressing, an accurate shot from Webb brought out a good save from Mark Childs in the Dolphins goal.

Play generally continued in the direction of the Poole goal and the Row pulled level on 78 minutes. Hartley made good progress down the left-wing and this enabled a cross from Harry Cooksley. The ball reached DAN FITCHETT at the back post and he shot home from close range. (1-1)

Hartley had their tails up as the Dolphins seemed to fade, and on 85 minutes a free-kick from Cooksley found Edwards, who was unlucky to see his effort go wide. However, two minutes later on 88 minutes, the Row took the lead.

A free-kick on the left by Webb was not fully cleared by Poole and LUCIAS VINE shot home with a powerful drive from the edge of the area which crashed into the net off the underside of the crossbar. (2-1)

Lucias is the son of well known Basingstoke based player, Rowan Vine, who was a professional footballer with Portsmouth, QPR and Birmingham City, and played an influential season for the Row some years back. It was a debut goal in the Southern League for 18 year-old Lucias, who is on loan from Aldershot Town.

Into added time and Hartley almost added a third when a long ball found Cooksley behind the Dolphins defence. The midfielder's parting shot went just wide.

The win boosts the Row's chances of avoiding relegation. It also continues a good record that Hartley Wintney have against Poole Town, having won five out of the six meetings. [D Graham]


CROWD: 224

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Luke Williams, Aaron Goode, Reece Wylie, Harrison Bayley, Harry Taylor, Matt Drage, Josh Webb, Harry Cooksley, Sam Argent (c), Dan Fitchett, Jordan Edwards.
SUBS: Ryan Case, Jake Rumble, Lucias Vine (on), Toby Raggett, Adam Allen (on)

POOLE TOWN: Mark Childs, Declan Rose, Sam Jackson, Will Spetch, Jamie Whisken (c), Jack Seddon, Josh Carmichael, Corby Moore, Sean Wright, Luke Pardoe, Jack Dickson.
SUBS: Jack Veale (on), Oliver Mayo, Michael Hubbard, Addwell Chipangura (on)
  • KOB

    26-01-2022, 17:26

    The Poole Town game matchday programme is now available for free download. Go to Match Programmes under the First Team menu tab.
  • KOB

    26-01-2022, 13:21

    Absolutely stonking result and second-half performance from the boys. Poole had their chances and we rode our luck for a change; for once it was the opposition not taking full advantage while our boys did. It's about time we had something go our way... they say it evens itself out but this was just a first instalment!

    Priceless three points; well done Noakesy, Neil and all the coaches in the absence of Millers. Well and truly turned it around last night.
    • Mick

      26-01-2022, 18:06

      The Dolphins looked to be the only winners of this fixture as the first half concluded. Having been out-sung for long periods the Hartley youngsters in the fan base got their act together after the break. They were rewarded for their vocal efforts as Hartley poured forward in numbers and wrestled control of the match away from the visitors. Who would be their new hero following the exits of both Kingsley and Mitch? Certainly Lucias Vine provided the cherry on the cake of a comeback that was hard earned and welcomed by the home punters. Credit also to the Dolphin fans who sang non stop and were justly applauded by their team at the end. It appears that they were not "just here for the burgers" :-)
    • VINTY

      26-01-2022, 14:09

      Well probably for the first time this whole season lady luck
      was with us in abundance because in the first quarter of an hour the opposition centreforward could and should have
      had a hat-trick from clear cut chances as our defence were all at sea, but then he scored from a mishit shot later in the half that trundled into the corner. They also hit the bar before we
      improved dramatically in the second half and started to
      exert pressure on their defence and a little dinky run from Cooksley, who looks quite a good signing, set us up for the
      equaliser. It was all Hartley from then on until teenager Vine came along, and I expect he wont forget his debut goal for us for quite a long time, and hammered home our winner.
      Unfortunately I doubt if we will be able to keep him for long
      before he moves up the ladder. We even had a couple of chances to increase our lead, but it just shows how the ebb and flow of football changes over the course of a game.
      Speaking to the ref after the game I said we wondered if we
      would finish with 11 players and he said "No, they were good.
      They behaved themselves."

      Now it is a question of consistency. It should be noted in our
      last six league games we have lost, won, lost, won, lost, won.
      Its not that kind of consistency, because we should therefore lose our next match, but hopefully confidence is sky high
      and we can put together a string of decent results.
      Salisbury up next and it would be nice to get a result against them before a big crowd. UP THE ROW
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