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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Badshot Lea

Post by KOB - 28-12-2016, 10:30

Tuesday 27th December ‘16
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney drew their biggest crowd of the season for the local Bank holiday derby against Badshot Lea. The Row were mindful that despite the Lea’s lowly position their recent form under a new manager has improved. Also, of course, they inflicted a shock league defeat on Hartley in last season’s fixture at Green Lane.

Hartley started well and on 5 minutes the first chance arrived. A long clearance found George Hallahan in the clear with a ‘one on one’ against former Row keeper Lee Allen. The visitors' custodian did well to block Hallahan’s shot.

The keeper did even better on 15 minutes when he managed to push a fierce shot from Steven Duff onto the post and round for a corner. The home side continued to probe and on 22 minutes took the lead. A long pass from Steven Duff sent Sam Argent clear. The striker managed to edge the ball past the outrushing Allen and then tap the ball into an empty net (1-0).

Two minutes later the Row almost increased the lead when Sam Argent set up Jack French, whose parting shot from the edge of the penalty box went just over the bar. In another two minutes Sam Argent set up George Hallahan and the young striker's shot brought a smart save from Allen.

Badshot Lea’s first effort of note arrived on 29 minutes. A good move ended with Kurt Greenaway heading down into the path of Jamel Batchilly, who fired narrowly wide from 18 yards.

On 41 minutes the Row doubled their lead. Dean Stow sent a long pass down the left wing to Sam Argent. The striker managed to get round the defender and, from a tight angle, his parting shot went into the net via a Lea defender. HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 2 Badshot Lea 0

Hartley had the first effort in the second half on 51 minutes. George Hallahan set up Luke Perkins for a chance and the winger was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.

Badshot started having a more even share of the play and Hartley’s midfield struggled to get possession. However, on 57 minutes, good play from Dean Stow on the right wing saw a good cross and George Hallahan was unlucky to see his header go narrowly past the far post.
The same pair combined on 68 minutes and this time Hallahan’ shot went wide.

Badshot Lea gradually gained control of the midfield and on 70 minutes Matt Stamp set up Kurt Greenaway, who saw his shot go just past. The visitors piled on the pressure and a minute later a fierce drive from Matt Stamp some 20 yards out saw Jake Maddock produce a good save, tipping the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, a huge scramble took place in the Hartley box before the Row were able to clear.

At the other end a long throw from Marc Vockins was flicked on by Sam Argent and George Hallahan saw his header go past the post.

Badshot Lea pushed forward and on 78 minutes reduced the deficit. Some skilful play by Jamel Batchilly on the right saw a cross. Liam Eagle for Hartley was unable to control the ball and Mark Thomas took full advantage, firing home from just inside the box. (2-1)

Two minutes later Hartley could have increased the lead as Sam Argent sent Dean Stow clear for a one on one with keeper Lee Allen. The Lea stopper won the dual.

On 82 minutes Badshot Lea pulled level. Some very slack play by Hartley just outside their box saw the ball fed to Kurt Greenaway. His low shot from a tight angle went through a forest of legs and trickled over the line. Jake Maddock pawed the ball out but referee Michael Begley waited for the Assistant’s signal that the ball had crossed the line before awarding the goal. (2-2)

Hartley pressed strongly for the winner but it was the Lea who almost had the last laugh. Chad Goulter from 40 yards spotted Jake Maddock off his line and his effort went wide of the post much to the relief of the home support.

A game Hartley will want to get over quickly. At one end of the field they missed many chances and at the other gifted the Lea with two late Christmas present goals.
But with Westfield and Walton & Hersham drawing against each other and Hanworth Villa also drawing, Hartley's lead at the top remains at 15points. [D Graham]

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