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Match report: Hartley Wintney v Hanwell Town

Post by KOB - 06-11-2022, 11:46

Hartley Wintney v Hanwell Town, Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South, Saturday 5th November 2022
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney held off a late rally from Hanwell Town to claim all 3 points and provide new manager, Ian Selley, with a winning start.

The Row almost made the perfect start in the first minute. Zidan Akers showed good skill on the right-wing and his cross found Benjamin Purcell, who saw his shot saved by Hanwell goalie, Hugo Sobte.

The Geordies had their first effort on 8 minutes following a right-wing cross from Dan Carr. Harry Rush and Kyeku Lucan combined and the latter brought out a comfortable save from Adam Desbois in the Row goal.

Three minutes later, Harry Cooksley and Kingsley Eshun combined on the left and fed Paul Hodges, who saw his shot bring out a good save from Sobte.

Hanwell had a good spell and on 16 minutes a free-kick on the right from Sam Saunders was headed narrowly over the bar by Calum Duffy.

The Geordies came even closer on 22 minutes. A free-kick in a central position some 25 yards from goal was awarded to the visitors. Danny Rowe stepped up and his rasping drive crashed off the crossbar.

On 28 minutes, an error with a clearance from Desbois resulted in Lucan getting a free run-in on goal. The winger's parting shot went just wide of the post.

Hartley stabilised and started to gain the ascendancy moving towards half-time. A long through-ball sent Akers clear, with a one-on-one situation with Sobte. Akers' fierce shot was saved by the Geordies keeper.

On 41 minutes, Saunders and Rush carved out an opening for Hanwell and Desbois brought off a good save. Hartley responded immediately and had three good chances in quick succession. On 41 minutes, a decent strike from Akers brought out a save from Sobte. Three minutes later, a powerful run down the left by Eshun gave Purcell a chance, and again Sobte produced a decent save. The half ended with a cross from the right by Jacob Bancroft finding Purcell, whose header went straight to Sobte.

The second period started quietly. However, on 50 minutes, a quick break from the Geordies saw Rowe in with a chance from the right and his fierce shot brought out a good save from Desbois.

Hartley started to gain the initiative and on 53 minutes they took the lead. Josh Webb set Eshun free on the left and a powerful run saw him reach the bye line before crossing into the path of PAUL HODGES, who shot home from 10 yards. (1-0)

Four minutes later, Hartley came close again. Hodges crossed from the right and set-up Purcell, who saw his shot take a deflection off Cooksley and go just wide.

Hartley increased the lead on 60 minutes. From a Hanwell corner, a long pass from defence saw ZIDAN AKERS in chase with a Geordies defender. Goalkeeper Sobte came rushing out and collided heavily with the Hanwell defender. This enabled ZIDAN AKERS to run the ball into an unguarded net. (2-0)

Hugo Sobte was unable to get up, and after some minutes, he was stretchered from the field of play. Substitute midfielder, George Nicholas, took over in goal.

The game became subdued but burst into life for the final 10 minutes. On 81 minutes, following a corner, Saunders set-up Rush, whose effort went narrowly over the crossbar. Hartley responded and Bancroft fed Cooksley, who was just wide with his parting shot.

The Geordies applied late pressure and were rewarded on 89 minutes. A corner on the right from Saunders found the head of DWAYNE DUNCAN, whose effort found the net despite the best efforts of Row defenders on the line. (2-1)

With Hanwell pushing forward, the Row had a good chance to extend their lead from a breakaway. Purcell sent Bancroft clean through. However, the striker shot over the bar.

The Row were able to hold on despite considerable pressure in the 6 minutes added, and gained a welcome win. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Adam Desbois, Tom Leggett, Josh Webb, Harry Cooksley (c), Matt Drage, Toby Nevile, Zidan Akers, Benjamin Purcell, Jacob Bancroft, Kingsley Eshun, Paul Hodges.
Subs: Anis Nuur, Isaac Charles, George Spiers (on), Harrison Bayley, Reese Jones Jnr (on)

HANWELL TOWN: Hugo Sobte, Dan Carr, Isaac Olorrunfemi, Harry Rush, Dwayne Duncan, Callum Duffy, Sam Saunders, Lewis Cole, Sham Barnwell, Danny Rowe, Kweku Lucan.
Subs: Adam Laaref, George Nicholas (on), Kain Adom (on), Mark Waters (on) , Mack Miskin

Hartley Man of the Match: KINGSLEY ESHUN

After the game, David spoke with Hartley Wintney manager, Ian Selley, following his first match in charge.

"I'm obviously pleased to have joined Hartley Wintney FC, and it was nice to have the meet-up with the players on Thursday night. We went through the philosophies of what I feel is required for the team to succeed. I'd like the team to strive to play decent football and gain the confidence that this will bring to their game."

Ian continued, "We made a good start to the match and I felt we played well throughout. Towards the end we were hanging on a bit, but that was expected as Hanwell went in search of the equaliser. They are a well organised team, and I know a fair bit about them from last season when they played against my former club, Chertsey Town.

"Today was a good win which should build confidence. I was pleased the way the team bought in to playing a good passing game with confidence on the ball. Looking forward to the forthcoming fixtures."

    06-11-2022, 14:05

    This was a much more competent and confident performance by the boys in front of their new manager --- whether they were out to impress him or otherwise I dont know -- but they certainly upt their game and probably gave their best display since way back at Salisbury; they all deserve a pat on the back for their effort and hard work.
    As for the goals a great run by Kings passing two or three
    defenders to the byeline before setting Hodges up and Akers
    racing pass their goalie to a through ball for an easy finish.
    The only thing we lack, as has been the case all season, is that
    killer instinct in front of goal.
    The last 10 minutes were a bit hairy as the opposition pounded our defence to try and snatch an equaliser but
    fortunately this time we stood firm and they were denied.
    I know one win under new management does not mean plain sailing but the signs are encouraging and consistency is the key to carry on that good start into the next game. UP THE ROW.
    • Mick

      07-11-2022, 11:50

      Important to give Ian Selley the time to influence the squad and build an effective team spirit. Clearly a results based business in the quest to finish in a comfortable mid table position this season. As fans, it is important to continue to provide the support to enable this to happen! Many thanks to David Graham for another classy report on the match. :-)
    • Rob.b

      06-11-2022, 16:15

      In all a great start for the new gaffer. I felt that just going in at the break with a clean sheet was a big positive!Hanwell were a solid side and that was a decient win. I loved the fact that we were trying to play positive,attractive football. That will also improve with time and it is very pleasing to see. After all we want a visit to the row to be enjoyable and entertaining, not just a lump it up the ptch fest. I hope we can build on this result and continue to edge ourselved towards mid table.
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