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Match Report: Alton v Hartley Wintney, Aldershot Senior Cup

Post by KOB - 16-11-2022, 11:30

Hartley Wintney v Alton (played at Alton), Aldershot Div. FA Saturday Senior Cup 2nd Round, Tuesday 15th November 2022
Report by David Graham

Holders Hartley Wintney bowed out of the Aldershot Senior Cup after losing out on penalties against Alton. The match, originally drawn from the hat with the Row as hosts, was switched to the 3G pitch at Alton following inclement weather.

After a quiet opening half hour, Hartley gained an edge and opened the scoring on 35 minutes. A free-kick was awarded some 25 yards out and MATT DRAGE stepped up to send the ball over the wall and into the corner of the net. (1-0)

Alton pulled level 4 minutes later thanks to getting the benefit of a questionable refereeing decision. Reese Jones for the Row looked to have been badly fouled, and most paused, including the Row defence, awaiting for the award of a free-kick. However, the whistle did not sound and this enabled Alton strikers, Tommy Reffell and Trevor Caborn, a free run clear on goal. Reffell drew the Row goalie, Damian Niemczycki, before passing to TREVOR CABORN who shot home. (1-1)
Half-Time: Alton 1 Hartley Wintney 1

The Row held the edge for most of the second period but without testing Alton keeper, Lewis Mees. On 64 minutes the home side went ahead following a decent move through the middle. This ended with Richie Hunter setting up TOMMY REFFELL, who shot into the roof of the net. (2-1)

The lead lasted just four minutes. From a free-kick, Steven Duff played a pass down the side of the wall to PAUL HODGES, who had just come off the bench, and he shot the Row level when his effort found the corner of the net. (2-2)

There being no further score, the match was decided by a penalty shoot out. The first nine penalty kicks were all scored. Oli Page, A.N.Other, Ed Dryden, George Bowerman and Scott Sanderson were successful for Alton.

Paul Hodges, Anis Nuur, Steven Duff and Harrison Bayley scored for Hartley. The final kick for the Row saw Lewis Mees save Antonio Dembele's kick, sending the hosts through to the next round. [D Graham]
FULL TIME: HARTLEY WINTNEY 2 ALTON 2
Alton win 5-4 on penalties.

Hartley Wintney: Damian Niemczycki, Reese Jones Jnr, Steven Duff, George Spiers, Matt Drage (c), Isaac Charles, Jacob Bancroft, Harrison Bayley, Kyen Nicholas, Balay Antonio Dembele, Rahzir Smith-Jones
Subs: Benjamin Purcell, Paul Hodges (on for Nicholas), Anis Nuur (on for Bancroft), Louie Paget, Jayden Hutchings (on for Drage)

Alton FC: Lewis Mees, Archie Larkham, Matt Graham, Ed Dryden, Billy Wright, Scott Sanderson, Siph Mdlalose, Richie Hunter, Tommy Reffell, Trevor Caborn, Jack Fowler
Subs: George Bowerman (on), George Winkworth, Alec Cracknell, Liam Knight, Oli Page (on)

Attendance: 150 (estimate)
Hartley Man of the Match: Reese Jones Jnr.
Entertainment 3/5
  • KOB

    16-11-2022, 12:27

    Very disappointing, and that's an understatement. But I must first acknowledge that the choice of line-up last night made sense. Ian needed to see how the so-called fringe players in the squad performed in a competitive game, not just in training. Playing them in an Aldershot cup match limited the potential damage in terms of lost points, and I've little doubt he'll have learned a lot about the depth of quality we have in the first team squad.

    I watched Alton in a league game at Tadley Calleva on Saturday, a game they lost 1-0 against a Tadley team under the management of Dills and Joe, with Tom Walsh as captain, Atko in goal and Holla now at centre-back - it was like the old days! Tadley were missing a few regular starters but were good for the win. Alton were a typically plucky CCL side, but didn't look likely to trouble us.

    So... plenty for Ian and Mick to ponder.

    And as someone else pointed out, no more cups for the Firsts, so we'll have to leave that up to the other teams to bring some silverware back to the club in May next year.

    It seems likely Harry Cooksley will be out for a month at least. He was at the game but on crutches; top marks to him for being there to support the boys.
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