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.