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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Chertsey Town

Post by KOB - 22-01-2017, 10:42

Saturday 21st January ‘17
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney managed to get their match against Chertsey on and, despite a bitterly cold day, attracted a good crowd.

The Row got off to a good start with a goal of quality on 5 minutes. A long ball into the Chertsey area was headed out. It arrived at the feet of Sam Argent who looked up and, seeing Chertsey keeper Chico Ramos off his line, sent a delightful lob into the net from 25 yards (1-0).

On 13 minutes a good run from Luke Perkins set up Sam Argent who shot straight at Ramos. Three minutes later the Curfews had their first effort when a free kick from Jack Wadmore found John Pomroy, who headed past the post.

Hartley responded and were unlucky not to increase their lead on 19 minutes. A move down the left saw a cross flicked on by Liam Eagle to Luke Perkins, whose shot crashed off the inside of the post and rebounded to safety.

Hartley increased their lead on 35 minutes. Good midfield play from Steve Laidler saw a good pass to Sam Argent who in turn set George Hallahan free inside the penalty box. The young striker shot past the advancing Ramos for his third goal in as many games.(2-0).

On 42 minutes, good build-up play by the Row set Luke Perkins in with a chance, but the parting shot went wide. HALF TIME: Hartley Wintney 2 Chertsey Town 0

Hartley started the half strongly and it took them just two minutes to increase the lead. Good build-up saw a run down the middle by Luke Perkins. He interchanged passes with George Hallahan before running on and firing past the outrushing Ramos. (3-0).

The visitors gave a spirited response and reduced the arrears on 52 minutes. Andy Crossley took a pass from the left wing and, from all of 30 yards, sent a great shot over Jake Maddock and into the net. (3-1).

Any chance the Curfews had of making further inroads into the Hartley lead all but disappeared two minutes later. Steve Laidler made a strong challenge on Chertsey midfielder Meddie Nsubuga, conceding a free kick. Nsubuga stamped on Laidler and instantly received a red card from referee William Davis.

Despite the man disadvantage, Chertsey kept up their spirited response and on 58 minutes a dangerous cross from Andy Crossley saw Adam New do well to clear from almost on the goal line.

On 71 minutes, good link up play between Ian Jones and George Hallahan saw the former feed the ball into the path of Sam Argent, who shot home from the edge of the penalty box. (4-1). The Curfews keeper Ramos lost his composure and rushed into the celebrating Row players, which resulted in an altercation. Referee Davis consulted with his assistant and the Chertsey keeper was fortunate to receive just a yellow card.

On 80 minutes Steve Laidler set up Sam Argent, whose shot went past the post. However the striker was not to be denied his hat trick. Again Steve Laidler was the provider and Sam Argent fired in a fierce shot from 25 yards which left Chico Ramos with no chance (5-1). The goal brought up a milestone, being the 100th league goal of the season.

The final stages of the game saw the players finding difficulty in keeping their feet on the rapidly freezing pitch. Chertsey had a chance on 85 minutes when good play from Connor Callum set up Conner Young, who shot wide. The last action saw Luke Perkins set the returning Steven Duff up with a chance, but the substitute's shot was comfortably saved by Ramos.

A good performance by both teams on a difficult frozen pitch. Hartley’s relentless march towards back to back championships continues, with the lead now at 21 points. [D Graham]
  • KOB

    22-01-2017, 11:12

    Another fine win against a decent Chertsey side. The number of times the names Steve Laidler and man of the match Sam Argent appear in David's report just about sums up how good the pair were - Sam's first and third goals were top class, and Laids just never stopped working to win the ball and build opportunities. But there were good performances from us all over the park. Another assured performance by Louie Paget; I thought Luke Perkins had one of his most influential games for us by having the confidence to test his pace against the opposition; and great to see George clearly growing into his role with some excellent control and turns, and another goal.

    Brilliant to see another youngster making the grade when James Baxter came on. Those lads out of our ever more impressive youth team will be so important to us if we do get promotion and look to cement our place at the next level.

    Finally, well done to the club and officials for getting the game on, and to both sets of players for putting on a very entertaining game. 5-1 sounds one-sided but Chertsey, as David notes in his report, made a spirited comeback. I doubt the sending off actually made a huge difference, but the Chertsey boys made a go of it after going 3 down so early after the break and take credit for that. We have to take care to not let our concentration waver, as I felt it did just a little during that second period in just one or two players, because there is always the danger a decent team will get themselves back in it and we can't always rely on our strikers to hit worldies from 25 yards. As a neutral visiting 'stoke supporter said to me during the half, if we go up then we will need to improve our ability to see games out. Of course some of the loss of concentration comes from being in a comfortable position in games and that's unlikely to happen much if and when we get to the next level!

    Well done boys, some excellent football on a very tricky pitch. Sammy... magical, mate. The first and third goals of your hat-trick were Wow moments for all around me. Worth the entry fee and more.

    Now hopefully we'll get the Totton game played on Tuesday - this will be a huge test but we must all be looking forward to the challenge.
    • nick vint

      22-01-2017, 11:59

      As it is raining in Tenerife at the moment and pretty miserable it's really fantastic to read that the boys reached the 100 club in only the30thgame,especially when one thinks back to the first game of the season against Spelthorne and it feels even better that the scorer was our skipper who plays week in week out despite the knocks he receives without complaint --- good on you Sam.. It's a shame I will miss Tuesday's game because that will show how far we have come and whether we have the capability of moving up to another level. Up the Row
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