CCL Prem: Hartley 2 Hanworth Villa 0
Post by KOB - 30-11-2016, 10:12
Tuesday 29th November ‘16
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
HARTLEY WINTNEY v HANWORTH VILLA
Report by David Graham
Hartley reached the half way point in their league fixtures with a match against Hanworth Villa currently third in the league table. The Row were without several of their regulars due to injuries and suspension but turned in a solid performance to claim three points in sub zero temperatures.
Hartley started brightly and took the lead on 11 minutes. Adam New sent a good pass to the left wing where Steven Duff crossed for the unmarked Steve Noakes to head home (1-0).
A minute later it was almost two as Steve Laidler set up Steven Duff for a shot. The winger's fierce shot went narrowly past the upright. The visitors' first shot came on 20 minutes when Dan Milborrow managed to get a shot in from the edge of the box. Hartley’s debutant goalie, Paul Strudley, was well positioned to save comfortably.
The Row had the bulk of the play and on 25 minutes a lofted pass by Louie Paget sent Luke Perkins clear. The striker tried to lob the outrushing Villains goalie, Balvinder Khairia, but the effort drifted wide. Perkins was again out of luck on 38 minutes when he shot just over after a good cross from Toby Jannaway.
Hanworth had some pressure approaching half time and Athan Smith-Joseph had a good effort which went narrowly over.
Hartley were claiming ‘goal’ on the stroke of half time when a Steven Duff corner on the right saw a deflection from a defender, leaving goalie Khaira to produce an amazing stop at the post, with the Row players claiming the ball was over the line. The assistant referee, who was well positioned, judged the ball had not crossed the line.
HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 1 Hanworth Villa 0
Hartley started the second half on the front foot and on 46 minutes Louie Paget made good progress down the right. His cross was only partially cleared and Jack French saw his strong drive held under the crossbar by goalie Khaira.
On 55 minutes Steven Duff cut in from the left and his parting shot went just over. The Row continued to have most of the play, but despite long spells of pressure they were unable to create a clear chance.
The long overdue second goal came on 82 minutes. Steven Duff played a good pass into Luke Perkins in the penalty box. Before the striker could gain possession he was tripped by a defender and referee Shelby Elson pointed to the penalty spot. Sam Argent took the kick and scored with a low shot. (2-0)
The win extends the Hartley lead at the top to 15 points.
Full Time: HARTLEY WINTNEY 2 HANWORTH VILLA 0