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Ringwood 1 - 5 Hartley

Post by - 24-08-2016, 09:42

Ross Cook scores a hat-trick on his return as Hartley beat Ringwood Town to reach the next round of the Hampshire Cup.

It will take more than a solitary victory to provide evidence that we are back on the right path after our sobering defeat by Bedfont & Feltham on Saturday but the boys did all that was asked of them on the night and showed moments of real class.

Ringwood started the game well with plenty of possession and managing to break the lines with their No.10 getting a lot of ball time. Our team selection underlined how serious we were treating the match, and after a two hour drive stuck behind all sorts of weird and wonderful animals, we'd come too far to not give it our best.

In honesty, it took a while for us to get going, we were trying to do the right things and in the right areas, but the execution and pace of our play left a lot to be desired.

Cook scored relatively early on in the half and that seemed to settle us a little bit. Sam Argent was brought down in the six yard box and Ross scored from the spot.

1-0 Half Time.

We emerged from the changing room with confidence that we'd win the game if we continue to try and do the right things but this time with a little more tempo.

Scoring within two minutes of the restart was not a bad way of exercising that point. Cook managed to skip past a couple of players in the box but the ball got caught underneath him and the opportunity seemed lost to get his shot off, but without a moments hesitation Cook managed to back-heel the ball into the corner of the net on the reversed angle.

Steve Duff started the second half very brightly and was rewarded for his relentless pace and power with a goal. He forced his way past two players and fired into the top corner leaving the keeper no chance.

Left back and ex youth team player Louie Paget then got in on the action when some great intricate interplay in the Ringwood box allowed him to turn superbly just outside the six yard box and poked the ball past the keeper. Congratulations to Louie on his first senior goal.

It was then left to Cook to finish off his hat-trick. Having been absent for the past four games, it was a very good reintroduction. As it was for Joe Paris who had a good performance having returned from holiday.

We conceded a last minute penalty that was dubious to say the least but it should not leave a stain on the performance of the back four and keeper Jake Maddock who were solid throughout.

A huge thank you to everyone that travelled to the game, it was a long way to come and we hope we made the trip worth it. It's a good result to take us into the weekend, we can take a lot of positives into that game.

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