HARTLEY 4 SPELTHORNE 3
Post by nick vint - 26-10-2016, 14:03
It seems nowadays that every team that comes to Hartley want to beat the champions and up the level of their commitment as was shown by the Spelly players when they opened the scoring and celebrated as if they had won the game, but unfortunately for them that was not the case. Being one down brought the necessary urgency back into our play, which up to that time had been rather subdued, and it looked like one of those days where despite our efforts the ball did not run kindly for us until from a great Adam Everiss cross Sam Argent brought us level and we moved up a gear. We then took the lead after a superb run from Steve Laidler into the box set up Sam for our second and we should have had a third just before half time when one of our players, (and I shall not shame or name him for his sake) ballooned over the bar from four yards with an open goal at his mercy!!!!
2-1 at half-time was not a fair reflection of our domination.
However we started the second half more brightly than of late and from another piece of skill by Laidler Everiss
thumped home and everybody started to breath more easily, but just as in the FA Cup we let this lead slip as the opposition again upt their game and their left winger hammered in the second from 15 yards with not a Hartley defender in sight and soon after that another dreadful howler by one of our defenders (who again I will not name and shame for his sake) handed (or headed) them the equaliser.
However fortunately we went up to the other end and after good work down the right the cross was converted by Everiss for his second of the match to regain the lead.
From then on the Spelly started to dominate midfield and went all out for the equaliser and creating chances but our defence held firm and we missed a couple of chances to put the game to bed. I think Spelthorne could consider themselves unlucky not to have taken a point, because they had some talented players, especially down the right hand side, but on the whole
we deserved the win especially as we had so many players unavailable, or recovering from injury.
My only concern is that I don't understand why we are so reluctant to use our three subs earlier as it was obvious that some players were tiring, especially Sam who had taken a nasty knock earlier, and bring some fresh legs and impetus to the team. Whether Sam is fit for Saturday's big game against second place Westfield is debatable, but if and Rossi are unavailable for any reason we badly need another striker to supplement them.
All in all this was another battling performance from the lads and great credit goes to them for continuing their rich vein of winning form. UP THE ROW!!!!!