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Match Report: Dorchester Town v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 28-08-2022, 09:40

Dorchester Town v Hartley Wintney, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South. Saturday 28th August 2022.
Report by David Graham

Dorchester Town maintained their good start to the season by securing maximum points and four goals at the expense of Hartley Wintney.

The Magpies almost went ahead in the first 30 seconds when a through ball from Matthew Neale sent Oliver Balmer through, and only a timely challenge from Row fullback, Reese Jones, saved the day.

However, the opening goal was only delayed by two minutes. A simple pass behind the Hartley defence found OLAF KOSZELA in acres of space on the left. The striker ran on and his initial parting shot from a difficult angle was parried by a combination of young Row keeper, Killian Barrett, and central defender, Matt Drage. However, Koszela, following up, was able to stab the ball home from close range (1-0).

Hartley responded well and on six minutes a free-kick from captain Harry Cooksley found the head of Aaron Goode, who saw his effort pushed over by Magpies 'keeper, Harrison Lee.

A minute later the home side had a great chance to increase their lead. A through ball found Alfie Stanley clean through, but the final shot went past the post.

End to end play continued and on nine minutes Cooksley and fellow Hartley midfielder, Youel Emmanuel, combined well and the latter was unlucky to see his shot deflected wide.

After the frenetic start, play settled down to a pattern: Hartley with most of the play, and the Magpies looking dangerous through fast breaks out from defence.

On 16 minutes, after a period of intense pressure, the Row pulled level. Harry Cooksley went on a run through the Magpies defence before being hauled down inside the area. COOKSLEY took the kick himself and sent Lee the wrong way to equalise. (1-1)

The Row had the bulk of the play during the rest of the half, with some good attacking enterprise. However, Dorch came closest on 30 minutes when a Balmer shot brought out a good save from Barrett.
Half Time: Dorchester Town 1 Hartley Wintney 1

Hartley dominated the early phase of the second half and came close on 51 minutes. A Cooksley corner found George Spiers, who saw his header cleared off the line. Two minutes later, an effort from Aaron McLeish-White took a deflection and went just over the crossbar. From the corner, Kingsley Eshun headed just over.

Having survived a few scares, it was perhaps inevitable that the Magpies would regain the lead. On 54 minutes, a long ball into the Hartley area saw OLAF KOSZELA gain possession. The striker saw his initial effort blocked. However, he showed good composure to create another opening before shooting into the net. (2-1)

On 60 minutes the Magpies put the match effectively out of the reach of the Row with a goal totally gift-wrapped by Hartley. A careless pass in midfield allowed SAQUILLE GWENGWE to run from the half-way line unchallenged and shoot past the outrushing Barrett. (3-1)

On 63 minutes Cooksley was unlucky to see a shot deflected just wide for the Row. From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared to Matt Drage who saw his shot from 25 yards tipped over by Lee.

Jake Rumble made good progress down the left on 77 minutes and his cross found Tom Leggett, who fired just over. The Row were again out of luck on 81 minutes when, after a period of sustained pressure, a shot from Goode hit the inside of the post and came out. Almost immediately Dorch went to the opposite end of the pitch and added a fourth.

A through pass from right midfield found SAQUILLE GWENGWE behind the Row defence and he raced on unchallenged to shoot past Barrett. (4-1)

Hartley made the score more respectable with a goal on 87 minutes. Rumble crossed from the left and the ball was only half cleared to HARRY COOKSLEY. The Row skipper side stepped a defender before shooting into the corner of the net. (4-2)

In added time the Magpies managed to get beyond the Row defence once more and Barrett brought off a good save from a powerful effort by Jordan Ngalo.
Full time: Dorchester Town 4 Hartley Wintney 2

Attendance: 416
Entertainment 4/5
Hartley Man of the Match : HARRY COOKSLEY

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Killian Barrett, Tom Leggett, Reese Jones, Matt Drage, Aaron Goode, George Spiers, Zidan Akers, Youel Emmanuel, Aaron McLeish-White, Harry Cooksley (c), Kingsley Eshun.
SUBS: Toby Nevile, Jake Rumble, Jayden Hutchings, Rahzir Smith-Jones, Anis Nuur
  • KOB

    28-08-2022, 10:06

    Couldn't be there and so have to go by David's report, which heavily suggests we were good going forward but cut open too easily. Last season we brought in Harrison when we were shipping goals and he made a difference by holding the defensive midfield position. We sound defensively vulnerable to balls played through when our attack-minded midfielders are high up the pitch. Too often David describes through balls finding Dorchester players in lots of space. Baptism of fire for young Killian, and well done to him for what sounds like a decent performance.
    • Duncan

      28-08-2022, 12:17

      Spot on Kevin - we dominated possession for long spells in the first half, with Tom Leggett sending excellent cross after cross into their box, often with no real end product. But throughout we looked susceptible to a quick counter from Dorchester. All four of their goals started with their ability to transition at speed from defence into attack whenever a chance to break appeared. To be honest, we’ve looked vulnerable in this regard in every match I’ve watched thus far; Salisbury’s goal another example of the opposition running through our defence.

      But we do have goals in this side - Harry Cooksley took both of his well yesterday; and Aaron Goode was very unlucky and if his shot had gone in it would have been 3-2 and we could have perhaps snatched a point. Instead they latched onto the rebound and countered with speed for their fourth.

      Fine margins - looking forward to a positive reaction tomorrow against Bracknell !
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