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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Westfield

Post by KOB - 12-03-2017, 15:30

Saturday 11th March ‘17
Combined Counties League – Premier Division
Report by David Graham

In front of another good crowd, Hartley Wintney became ‘champions elect’ with a win over second placed Westfield.

Westfield were very quick out of the blocks and took the lead in the second minute. A Hartley attack broke down and the ball was fed into the path of Hignam Abdellah on the right wing. He moved at pace and delivered a perfect cross which was steered into the net by Max Blackmore from 8 yards out. (0-1)

Things almost got even better for the ‘field a minute later when a good cross from the right by Hignam Abdellah saw a header from Max Blackmore hit the top of the crossbar.

The visitors continued to be on top and Shaun Elliot delivered a good cross after a left wing move which saw Max Blackmore head over.

Hartley came into the game and on 14 minutes pulled level. A long throw on the left from Steve Noakes saw a flick on by Adam New, and Adam Liddle volleyed into the net from around the penalty spot. (1-1)

Westfield responded well and on 21 minutes a long ball downfield was flicked on by Blackmore into the path of Abdellah, who shot past when well placed. Four minutes later Hartley almost repeated their opening goal. A long throw from Steve Noakes led to a flick-on from Adam New and ‘field goalie Gary Ross saved Adam Liddle’s effort.

Approaching half time Hartley applied some pressure. First on 43 minutes, Sam Argent set up Steven Duff who shot past. Then a Dean Stow free kick from distance went just over. Deep into stoppage time a corner from Steven Duff found the head of Shane Hollamby, who headed over.

The second half saw a very tight affair with both defences denying space to their opponents. It was not until the 64th minute that the first shot was recorded when a good build up by the visitors saw Tyrone Hemmings shoot just over from the edge of the penalty box.

Hartley started to gain an initiative in midfield and on 74 minutes took the lead with a goal of quality. Good build up play saw Sam Argent receive the ball. He looked up and sent a 30 yard pass to the left where Steven Duff was waiting. The winger took on the full back for pace and, once in the penalty box, fired a low shot past Ross. (2-1)

On 84 minutes a cross from the right by Dean Stow invited an acrobatic overhead kick by Sam Argent which went narrowly past the post. However, the striker was not to be denied and a minute later a long through ball saw Sam Argent through on goal and he made no mistake. (3-1)

In added time substitute George Hallahan played an intelligent pass through to Sam Argent and his shot brought a good block from goalie Ross.

The Row left the field to the applause of their supporters knowing that the Championship is likely to be in their hands over the next few weeks. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Adam New, Dean Stow, Steve Noakes, Shane Hollamby, Steven Duff, Ian Jones, Sam Argent, Adam Liddle, Luke Perkins.
Subs: Marc Vockins (for Steve Duff), Tom Walsh (for Adam New), Julian Sills, Liam Eagle, George Hallahan (for Adam Liddle)

WESTFIELD: Gary Ross, Kyle Bailey, Shaun Elliot, Jack Batty, Matt Steer, Dale Burnham, James Cottee, Tyrone Hemmings, Max Blackmore, Adam Bellmaine, Hignam Abdellah.
Subs: Aaron Watson (used), Ryan Marklew, James Mariner, Ajeon Kadler

Hartley Wintney Joint First Team Manager, Anthony Millerick, gave us his thoughts on the win after the game:

"We were determined not to lose two games on the bounce after the disappointment on Tuesday, but of course we knew Westfield are a good side and they would pose us problems."

We put to Millers that the visitors had got off to a very quick start, as they did against us at their place earlier in the season when the teams drew, but we worked hard and seemed to get on top as the game progressed. "We felt it was important to keep things very tight in the second half, with an emphasis on concentration," Anthony replied. "All the club were thrilled today with the performance of Adam Liddle. He took his goal well and could easily have had another. The 17 year old works very hard and is a real prospect. All in all I was pleased with the way the entire 14 players performed. They all done well."
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