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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)

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]


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)
  • KOB

    04-09-2022, 11:18

    With cup games it's all about getting the win and the boys succeeded in that, but let's not kid ourselves. There were times yesterday when I wondered what was going through our players and coaches heads.

    It was the first chance I'd had to see us in action this season. I'm not going to make myself popular here I know, especially with Ross and Ty, but that cannot be described as a 'good performance'. In the second half, a moderately better strike force (and if Adam hadn't been alert) could have had the hosts ahead. But first the positives...

    Our two wing-backs were very influential. From the two, Reese Jones shaded man of the match for me - I thought he was excellent going forward but also in getting back to do a good job up against the hosts' tricky number 7. Both Reese and Tom were obviously following tactics (and successfully from the attacking sense), but this created gaps behind which a better side would have (and, from what I've read on previous reports, already have this season) exploited. There were times at corners when we had just one or two back marking three Roman Glass strikers. Logic tells me you don't have both wing-backs up at the same time. And if that situation is somehow created, a midfield player must be alert to it and slots into a defensive role. We were missing George and he may have done that covering role. Harry is to be commended for sticking to the unfamiliar defensive midfield role he'd clearly been allocated, but when he was needed further forward for set pieces, we had precious little cover ahead of Toby and Matt.

    We had a VERY attack-minded midfield. Love to see players showing off their skills, stepovers and so on, but all that has to be balanced with the defensive side of the game. The lads put in the effort, but there isn't a recognised holding midfielder. In the second-half at times, the opposition were skipping beyond players and immediately staring at our centre-backs, instead of having to first negotiate a tough-tackling covering midfielder.

    Toby and Dragey had strong games defensively, with Toby doing a good job on the big centre-forward. Up front we look as if we need several sessions of shooting practice. Full marks to the host defence for working hard to shut us out, especially when we were so dominant in the early stages, but we had a lot of efforts off target. Okay, I wasn't playing on that worn 3G pitch, but the ball didn't seem to be running slow or fast, or bobbling about. And this is a real issue if you are playing with an attack-minded formation. It's likely you'll concede goals playing that way, so we can't afford to miss the chances we create. As a tactic it simply can't work unless the strikers are banging them in for fun.

    I can agree with Rosco when he said "we scored our goals at vital times." The early goal clearly set the hosts back. The second just before the break will have hurt them hugely. And then in the second half, after we let them into a game in which they had barely had a sniff, and they should have had a least one goal, Toby connects with a lovely header and there was no coming back from that. Flattering result? Yes and no. We were clearly too good for the hosts on the day and deserved the win. But I felt we exposed ourselves tactically, and perhaps through some players taking the game a little too lightly, in ways that will cause us to be punished in the league and in the cup games ahead unless we work to correct a few things I witnesseed yesterday.

    I can see Ross and Ty reading this and thinking, oh bollocks, he's back :-))
    Bottom line though, as we sit here today, is we're through to the next round, so well done for that all.
    • VINTY

      04-09-2022, 20:31

      I am afraid I agree with what Kevin has said in his assessment
      of the game. It was at times embarrassing to watch. When our full backs overlap down the wing with great effect (and they played well) the midfield either side of Cooks should slot into their positions instead of rushing upfield because as soon as we lost possession the opposition had acres of space to run and pass the ball into our penalty area which is why we concede so many goals in the league. It was scary in the second half as a supposedly inferior side took control and were allowed 8 or 9 shots at goal in the space of about 15
      minutes and it was only very poor finishing that let them down. People will say 4-0 was a comfortable victory, it was in the end, but it does not always tell the whole story -- 8-4
      would perhaps be a fairer result, but was not due to abject
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