Match Report: Roman Glass St. George v Hartley Wintney, FA Cup
Post by KOB - 04-09-2022, 10:21
Roman Glass St. George, The Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, Saturday 3rd September 2022
Report by David Graham
Hartley Wintney progressed into the 2nd Qualifying Round with a comfortable win over a spirited Roman Glass St. George side from Bristol, who play in the Hellenic Premier Division. The hosts were playing in the 1st qualifying round for the first time in 69 years.
Hartley started strongly and laid siege to the Glass goal. On 2 minutes, Tom Leggett made good progress down the right and his cross found Harry Cooksley, who brought out a decent save from Joe Perry in the home goal.
Pressure continued and a minute later Cooksley created a chance and was unlucky to see his shot hit the post. However, the opening goal was delayed by just one more minute. Jones and Anis Nuur combined to set up YOUEL EMMANUEL, who flicked the ball past Perry. (0-1)
The Row continued to dominate and chances were created for Kingsley Eshun and Emmanuel, who both shot over the bar in the 13th minute. Two minutes later the same two players were involved when Eshun crossed and Emmanuel shot wide.
On 17 minutes, a Cooksley corner was headed wide by Eshun, leaving the visiting support wondering how the Row were not further ahead.
Roman Glass created their first chance on 24 minutes when a free-kick from Lewis Leigh Gilchrist was headed wide by Ollie Woodhouse.
Hartley regained the initiative and on 32 minutes Aaron McLeish-White set-up the energetic Reese Jones, who fired just wide.
Hartley were unlucky not to add to the lead on 39 minutes when a Cooksley corner saw Toby Nevile's effort hit the bar.
On the stroke of half-time Hartley added a second goal. McLeish-White made good progress down the inside right channel before crossing for ZIDAN AKERS to score from close range. (0-2)
HALF TIME: ROMAN GLASS ST.GEORGE 0 HARTLEY WINTNEY 2
The home side showed more urgency at the start of the second half but it was Hartley who had two efforts on 50 minutes. First, a Cooksley cross found Jones who shot wide. Then Cooksley again became provider as he set up McLeish-White, who shot over.
The Glass had a good spell and on 53 minutes Louis Ward created a good chance for Neikell Plummer, who shot wide. Hartley responded and Jones saw another attempt tipped over by Perry on 55 minutes.
The home side came close on 57 minutes when a free-kick from Gilchrist found Miles Ferguson, who watched his close-range header pushed over by Desbois.
Three minutes later, Harvey Tierney for the home side crossed, and Saquille Smith saw his effort again saved by Row 'keeper Adam Desbois.
Glass continued to press and on 63 minutes Gilchrist set up Plummer, but Desbois again made the save. The Bristol side remained on top and Jake White gave Plummer another chance, but the striker shot wide when through on goal.
Hartley responded and put the match out of reach of the Glass on 71 minutes. A Cooksley corner found the head of central defender TOBY NEVILE, whose firm, well placed header found the corner of the net. (0-3)
After their impressive effort to get back into the game, the third goal seemed to take a toll on the home side. The Row remained in control and on 76 minutes added a fourth. Zidan Akers and ANIS NUUR combined down the left and the latter's shot took a deflection, wrong footing Perry in the home goal. (0-4)
In the last minute, Perry pulled off a smart save from Nuur on the end of a fast right-wing break by Tom Leggett.
Without being at their best, the Row are through to the next round, avoiding a potential banana skin which was predicted by some in the betting community. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: ROMAN GLASS St.GEORGE 0 HARTLEY WINTNEY 4
HARTLEY MAN OF THE MATCH: ZIDAN AKERS
CROWD: 100 circa
Hartley Wintney joint manager, Ross Weatherstone, spoke with David after the match.
"We're obviously delighted to be through to the next round and very pleased we kept a clean sheet. The hosts were a decent side and were both physical and determined."
Rosco continued, "The conditions were tailor-made for an upset on the 3G pitch, which we found difficult at times, but we had good chances to have scored a few more goals. All in all a good performance, and we scored our goals at vital times."
HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Tom Leggett, Reese Jones, Matt Drage, Toby Nevile, Youel Emmanuel, Zidan Akers, Anis Nuur, Aaron McLeish-White, Harry Cooksley (c), Kingsley Eshun
SUBS: Goode, Blankendal, Hutchings, Smith-Jones, Lopes, Cooper (gk)