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Match Report: North Greenford Utd v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 26-02-2017, 10:33

Saturday 25th February ‘17
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney edged ever closer to the League title thanks in no small way to the efforts of two of their youngsters, Adam New and Jake Maddock.

The very dull day produced, strangely for the Row, a very dull match. In blustery conditions at Berkeley Fields both sides found control difficult and neither goalkeeper had a shot of note to save for the first half hour. The main threat from the home side were quick overlapping runs from full back Josh Lewis-Evans, and on 33 minutes he outpaced the Hartley defence, following a pass from Carl Bower. His low cross saw Jake Maddock very quickly off his line to thwart the effort from inrushing Anthony O’Connor.

Hartley responded and were awarded a free kick on the right side of the penalty box after a bad foul on Dean Stow. Steven Duff drove the ball across at pace and Adam New’s powerful header from 10 yards gave the Row the lead (0-1).
HALF TIME: North Greenford United 0 Hartley Wintney 1

The playing conditions were made more difficult with the arrival of driving rain, and it was the home side who adapted to the situation better. Greenford probed at the Hartley defence but were unable to create a worthwhile chance.

On 78 minutes the home side were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. The free kick eluded the Hartley wall and Jake Maddock did well to stop and then hold on to the ball with three Greenford players waiting for the spill.

Greenford continued to press and two minutes later Daniel Vincent created a chance for himself but his effort found Jake Maddock well positioned.

The Row responded and an effort from Sam Argent brought a good save from Greenford goalie James Harry.

Greenford finished very strongly and, deep into stoppage time, their substitutes Alfie Cain and Jamal Vellinor combined well on the edge of the box before a fierce shot from the former took a bad deflection. With the home support shouting ‘Goal !’, Jake Maddock changed direction and somehow managed to get a hand on the ball. The ball then crashed off the inside of the post and a grateful Row defence cleared. The save will be a contender for Hartley’s ‘Save of the Season’.

The win moves Hartley Wintney into needing just four more wins to retain the Combined Counties Premier Division title. [D Graham]

After the game, Joint-Manager Anthony Millerick gave me his thoughts on the game.

"Two great saves from young Jake; in particular the second one in the last minute. It's very pleasing that we kept a clean sheet. The conditions were certainly a factor; very poor and that made control difficult for both sets of players.

"We are lucky in having a good squad which means that when we have players out, good players can step in. Under the circumstances these were three good points."

NORTH GREENFORD UNITED: James Harry, Josh Lewis-Evans, Ryan Murphy, Charlie Conner, Guy Ansah-Palmer, Matt Travis, Carl Bower, Daniel Vincent, Anthony O’Connor, James Simmonds, Sandro Costa.
Subs: Anthony Rowlands, Jamal Velinor (on), Alfie Cain (on), Kamal Akel, Bailey Mulhall

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Jake Maddock, Louie Paget, Adam New, Steve Noakes, Shane Hollamby, Jack French, Steve Duff, Ian Jones, Sam Argent, Adam Liddle, Dean Stow.
Subs: Marc Vockins , Tom Walsh, Julian Sills (on), Luke Perkins (on), Dan Brownlie
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