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Match Report: Epsom & Ewell v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 19-03-2017, 10:25

Saturday 18th March ‘17
Combined Counties League – Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney travelled to High Road, Chipstead to play the ground sharing hosts Epsom & Ewell. The Salts had an impressive record of 9 wins and a draw over the last ten matches and indeed were unbeaten at home in the league since August 2016.

It was Hartley who had the first effort on 3 minutes. A long accurate pass down the middle by Tom Walsh found Luke Perkins who was just unable to force home his shot from a tight angle.

The Row were looking to take the High Road to succeed with a series of set piece long throws from Marc Vockins. Each throw presented much danger to the home goal. On 25 minutes a Vockins throw saw Shane Hollamby rise highest and head narrowly wide.

Two minutes later Epsom had a chance following a high ball into the Hartley area. Jake Maddock partially cleared but the ball fell to Jordan Gallagher, who quickly fed Matt Ferdinando who shot wide.

The Salts had a good spell of pressure and on 30 minutes good play down the left between Matt Tanton and Agi Panaylotou set up Reisse Griffin. The midfielder's shot beat Jake Maddock all the way and the Row were relieved to see the ball crash off the outside of the post.

On 37 minutes Hartley had a chance following a well worked short throw on the right. The cross from Dean Stow found Liam Eagle, who saw his fierce shot blocked.
Two minutes later the Row broke the deadlock.

A long throw from Marc Vockins was headed on by Liam Eagle to Sam Argent. Sorting his feet out quickly, the striker turned quickly and fired low into the net. ( 0-1).

Hartley almost got the perfect start to the second period. Luke Perkins created space on the right side of the penalty box on 46 minutes and appeared to be hauled down by a defender. The referee waved play on and Perkins quickly regained possession. His cross found Sam Argent whose low shot was pushed around the post by Salts' keeper, Michael Eacott.

On 50 minutes another long throw from Marc Vockins found the head of Liam Eagle who headed wide. Nine minutes later, Epsom were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Ferdinando took the kick but found Jake Maddock well positioned to save.

The Salts started to exert considerable pressure and on 61 minutes a corner from Rob Hendry found the head of Dan Dean, who was off target with his effort. Four minutes later, after constant home pressure, Reisse Griffen on the right created a chance for Jordan Gallagher, who brought out a good save from Jake Maddock.

On 75 minutes the Row had a let off when Jake Maddock was forced to head clear a long ball just outside his area. His clearance found Rob Hendry, who was wide with his lob towards the unguarded goal. Two minutes later a long free kick into the Hartley penalty box found the head of Dan Dean. His header across goal found James Taylor who headed just over.

The final whistle came as a great relief to Hartley. News soon came through that Westfield had scored a late goal to win over Windsor, meaning that the Champagne will have to remain on ice until at least one more match. [D Graham]

EPSOM & EWELL: Michael Eacott, Adam Heagney, Matt Tanton, James Taylor, Dan Dean, Aggi Panaylotou, Jordan Gallagher, Matt Farrell, Rob Hendry, Matt Ferdinando, Reisse Griffin.
Subs: Craig Hastings, Jason Nwachukwu (used), Alex McKay, Matt Smith, Rhys North

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Jake Maddock, Dean Stow, Louie Paget, Ian Jones, Liam Eagle, Shane Hollamby, Marc Vockins, Jack French, Sam Argent, Tom Walsh, Luke Perkins.
Subs: Julian Sills (used), Jayden Englefield (used), Samuel Williams

After the match, joint First Team Manager, Anthony Millerick, gave us his thoughts on a very tight game.

"The dry surface made fluent play difficult for both teams. We knew this was going to be a difficult match, with the hosts' recent form and excellent home record. Epsom & Ewell are a good team."

With several enforced changes to this week's lineup, we had to show a lot of resilience and I put to Millers that the boys showed a lot of determination. "It was not pretty at times, but sometimes you have to battle to get results. I was pleased the way the team stuck to their task under pressure."

"We will now put all our focus on the match next week against Horley Town in front of our own followers."
  • KOB

    19-03-2017, 10:41

    Many thanks once again to David for his report. I'm sure the boys will have been absolutely delighted with this win. Always a difficult place to go and get any kind of positive result, but the changed lineup yesterday shows perhaps better than in any other game this season the strength in depth in the squad Millers and Dan have assembled this season. In particular I feel I have to give a shout out to Marc Vockins, who it's clear was a big influence on the game. Marc has been a superb squad member this season, content to support often from the bench but he's a quality player who can be relied on to come on and make a difference. Yesterday, the benefit of having a player like Marc in our ranks really came to the fore.

    It would have been fitting had that gritty performance been the 3 points that had clinched the title, with Sam scoring the winner, but it's nice to think we may all get to share in the finale now back at our place on Saturday.

    Clearly was a very tight game where it came down to the difference in the finishing, with Arge once again the man on the spot. Well done boys, huge result.
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