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CCL Prem: Hartley 2 Hanworth Villa 0

Post by KOB - 30-11-2016, 10:12

Tuesday 29th November ‘16
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
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.
  • nick vint

    01-12-2016, 16:21

    Just a few words of praise for the lads for overcoming a battling Hanworth Villa side in frosty conditions despite being without five regulars in Hollamby, Walsh, Cook, Jones and Stow and giving a debut in goal to Paul Strudley.
    The first half started quite evenly until Duffy was sent clear down the line and his pinpoint cross was finished by a flashing header from Noaksey (whose goals this season have surpassed anything he has scored in the last ten years!). We should have had a second when Luke Perkins lobbed wide after a long through ball, and a couple of other chances went begging including a corner which seemed to cross the line with ease, but our hawkeyed linesman missed it - but it was our usual one goal lead at the interval.
    In the second half we started to turn the screw, whilst the bald eagle and his partner in crime were so dominating at the back that the Villa hardly had a sniff at goal, and when Perkins was tripped in the box Sam, who had had a quiet game by his standards and looked to be carrying an injury, hammered home the second, and from then on the boys cantered to an easy win.
    With Laidler and French trying to play football in the middle of the park the long ball was not so much in evidence, much to the disappointment of the management. Steve Duff spent the second half waging a one man war as to how high he could shoot, and it was no surprise when at last he landed in the next door garden.
    I felt sorry for poor old Sillsy, who spent 85 minutes frozen to the bench and who had to be lifted off to be able to get onto the pitch, and even then I don't think he touched the ball as it wizzed around him.
    Anyway, all in all it was a good all round display by the lads and should put them in good heart for the next big game at Walton on Saturday.
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