#TheRow 2 - 1 Camberley
Post by - 29-08-2016, 18:43
Hartley had an unlikely derby hero as Steve Noakes scored twice to secure all three points V's local rivals Camberley Town.
We were full of confidence going into the game following our performance on Saturday afternoon. By contrast Camberley entered today's game after losing to Chertsey. Knowing that result we knew we were going to be up against a wounded beast; one which would battle, fight and claim any advantage that they possibly could. We weren't wrong and within 3 minutes we found ourselves one nil down. We were disappointed to concede so early on but there was certainly no panic.
It was as much of a local derby by name as it was by nature. Camberley were aggressive and physical in their approach, with a few 'let him know you're there' tackles early on.
We began getting into our stride about 20 minutes into the first half. Camberley became a little more stretched and we could create continuous waves of pressure. Although the equaliser came late in the day when a goal mouth scramble was eventually poked home by centre half, Steve Noakes.
Half Time 1-1
In truth, not a lot needed to be said at half-time, the boys were well aware of how the game could be won. There was a confidence in the changing rooms and an urgency to get back out and complete the job that we knew was well within our grasp. There was no arrogance involved in that thinking, purely belief in themselves and those around them.
We started the second half well; we were controlling possession and generating good opportunities. We played some very good football at times and had it not been for some great saves by the Camberley keeper we could have been three goals clear. One thing we did mention at half-time was the importance of remaining patient. When so many chances go agonisingly close you can quickly get into the mindset that it's just not going to be our day, but the boys stuck to the task and there was an ever growing feeling that the goal was coming. I don't think even Noakes himself could have predicted that the winning goal would have come from him. With just over ten minutes remaining Noakes scored the winner from inside the box making it our and his second of the afternoon. Have to give a special mention to Noakes following today's performance, a man who celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday and avoided (well sort of...) liquid celebrations, played 180 minutes in three days and scored two goals, he has earned his beers tonight.
We saw the game out and created a number of further chances without really being troubled at the other end.
When you consider that we had the likes of Shane Hollamby, Adam Everiss, Liam Eagle and Tom Walsh (amongst others) missing today, it further demonstrates the strength in depth that we have within our ranks. Then add to that the work and success that Eric and Tuffs are having with the Youth team and Reserves, we can march on with real confidence.
It was another great result and it capped off a fantastic week for us. What's more pleasing is that we are improving - which is always the ultimate aim. We now need to continue in that manner and build upon the standards that we've created for ourselves. There is a strong sense of togetherness about our squad which will be vital across the season.
Mr Chairman, Luke Mullen, gave a speech after the game to announce that our president, Bill Mitchell, had been awarded a certificate due to this service to football by the Hampshire FA. On behalf of all the boys and management I'd like to add our congratulations to Bill. A true Hartley hero and a man the club and the local area is very proud of.
A great weekend which should be celebrated for a whole host of reasons. The boys will regain their focus across the week as now concentrate on Saturday's game away at Hanworth Villa.