Badshot 0 - 9 Hartley
Post by - 28-09-2016, 10:59
Five goals from Ross Cook helped Hartley to clinch their 5th successive win with a rampant 9-0 rout of Badshot Lea.
In truth, we started a little slowly for our liking, especially as we highlighted the importance of getting out of the blocks early before the game. It was Badshot who were sending bodies forward in large quantities and probed at our back four. Shane Hollamby, who again delivered another impressive performance, won a great header in the heart of the defence that turned us onto the offensive. Dean Stow flicked the ball opening the Badshot defence to allow Sam Argent to finished neatly between the keepers legs.
It was only three minutes later that Ross Cook doubled our lead when Adam Everiss picked up the ball deep inside their half, after beating his man he delivered a good low cross that was met by Cook who smashed the ball home.
Badshot had an opportunity to score, but a good save from Bradshaw who tipped his shot over the bar.
Argent was forced off with a head injury, so Stow moved up into a strikers position. He once again turned provider as his work forced a last ditch tackle from the goalkeeper near the penalty spot and the ball bounced free to allow Cook to poke it home. Dean had to be taken off due to the tackle and so this time Shane Hollamby was moved up front to form the third strike partnership of the evening. I think it says a lot about the strength of our squad that you can lose two players of such quality and look to the bench with absolute confidence that the rhythm of the game will not be effected.
Ross Cook received the ball in a wide left position deep inside the Badshot half, with a bit of neat footwork he unleashed a shot from distance with his left foot which the keeper couldn't hold onto and the Hollamby followed up and tucked the ball away.
Half Time 0-4
The message was simple at half time, we wanted to kick on, be ruthless and continue to hold a ravenous appetite for goals.
It didn't take long for us to continue where we left off. Hollamby drove down the flank on the right hand side, stood his man up and then delivered an inch perfect cross to the on running Ross Cook who smashed the ball into the top right corner to give him his hat-trick.
Ross then scored two further goals in relatively quick succession, one of which he dinked, dragged, checked and chopped inside the penalty area, looked up to see an opening and then slotted the ball in the near post.
Cook won a free-kick near the Badshot Lea corner and with Duff lurking about 10 yards outside of the box - Cook pumped the ball into him, Duffs 'different' first touch was made up for with a thunderous strike that rifled into the top left corner. A great strike.
Ladler and Paris were controlling the centre of the park and Everiss & Duff were once again a constant thorn in the fullbacks side continually driving past and putting in dangerous crosses.The defensive unit, who were rarely troubled, but what they had to do they did well. Liam Eagle winning some important headers, partnered with Julian Sills, with Callum Eagle and Louie Paget alongside them.
Our final goal came from Steve Laidler and his first for the club. He won the ball back in a high area and forced his way through their defence, then lifted the ball over the outreaching ex-Hartley keeper Lee Allen, in what we hope will be the first of many for the centre midfielder.
Full Time 9-0
It was a good all round performance. We were clinical in front of goal, dominant in the midfield and solid at the back. Credit to Badshot who continued to play, other than one moment of madness, the game was well spirited - those types of games can quickly become horrible to play in through a lack of discipline. I'm aware they had a number of injuries and effectively finished the game with 10 men - I'm sure they'll regroup and bounce back.
Next up Raynes Park Vale away on Saturday.