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Match Report: Chertsey Town v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 01-04-2017, 19:40

Saturday 1st April ‘17
Combined Counties League - Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney are the champions of the Combined Counties League Premier Division following a scoreless draw at Chertsey.

The day was all about crossing the line and first up were Toni and Colin Charlton. The popular Hartley couple arrived at Alwyns Lane to rapturous applause from the Hartley players and followers. They had completed a sponsored walk from Hartley to Chertsey to raise funds for ground development.

Hartley Wintney were hoping to make it third time lucky after being thwarted in the two previous weeks in their quest to retain the title. Both sides struggled badly to cope with a very uneven surface from the outset.

The first chance went to the hosts when a long clearance caught out the Row’s defence, leaving Joel Thompson with a clear run in on goal. However, Adam New managed to get back and block the striker's goal-bound effort.

Hartley’s first effort came on 16 minutes when a free kick from Dean Stow found the head of Liam Eagle, whose effort went wide. The Row managed a further effort on 31 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared. The ball was retrieved by Louie Paget and his long range effort went just past the post.

A minute later the Curfews were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Jack Wadmore hit a fierce shot goalward which Paul Strudley did well to tip over the bar.
HALF TIME: Chertsey Town 0 Hartley Wintney 0

Hartley started the second half on top and on 54 minutes a Dean Stow corner caused problems, before the ball eventually went wide. On 60 minutes a good move down the right saw an accurate cross from Luke Perkins headed wide by Dean Stow when well placed.

The Row continued to press and a further chance came on 65 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Dean Stow’s well struck shot brought an excellent stop from the Curfews’s keeper, Joe Gannon, who pushed the ball over the bar.

With around 10 minutes left, the Chertsey keeper handled the ball outside the area, giving the Row a free kick chance on the edge of the box. Dean Stow took the kick but was high with his effort.

Moving into the last five minutes, and with the Row closing in on crossing the line as champions, things became very nervy. A long clearance on 86 minutes deceived the Hartley defence and Tom Walsh was forced to haul down a Curfews forward in full flight. The result was a second yellow card from referee Rachel Marlow. This was followed by a red card and Hartley were down to ten men. The subsequent free kick on the edge of the box was blocked by the Hartley wall.

Chertsey continued to force the pace and in the third minute of added time were awarded a free kick on the left wing. The dangerous in-swinging kick was well held under considerable pressure by Paul Strudley. Soon afterwards the full time whistle sounded and the Row players, managers and coaches were in celebration mode. [D Graham]

CHERTSEY TOWN: Joe Gannon, Steve Newman, Ben Geraghty, Jack Wadmore, Tommy Batten, Emmanuel Akiotu, Shelton Gooden, Joe Jones, John Pomroy, Joel Thompson, Jamie Ross.
Subs: Lewis Taylor (used), Conner Cullen (used), Connor Young, James Cartwright, Joe Adoo-Peters (used)

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Louie Paget, Tom Walsh, Jack French, Liam Eagle, Adam New, Luke Perkins, Ian Jones, Adam Liddle, Shane Hollamby, Dean Stow.
Subs: Dio Pipero (for Luke Perkins), Aaron Parfitt (for Jack French), Charlie Bath, Julian Sills, Jake Maddock

Much of Hartley’s success comes from a very high work ethic throughout the team. In the latter games the defensive players have all played well and this helped them cross the line. However the goal scoring abilities of the side has been exceptional; most especially Sam Argent, the team captain. Ross Cook also found the net on many occasions and his periods of enforced inactivity is a source of regret by all at the club.

The players, team managers, coach and physio are a close knit unit and the team spirit has always been high. To them considerable credit must be given.
Off the pitch has been no less successful, with the fantastic work carried out to achieve ground grading. Definitely a halcyon season for the Row.
  • KOB

    01-04-2017, 20:14

    Well done boys, back-to-back league titles and there were quite a few outside the club who said we couldn't do it, and coming from outsiders that's understandable; it's a very hard thing to do and hardly ever achieved. But the belief and spirit in this club is second to none. I certainly thought it would be a lot tougher second time, with every team from day 1 wanting to beat the previous season's champions, but we held the squad together and even strengthened it (Laids has been an incredible force for us), got ourselves out of the FA Cup early so it wasn't a distraction (cunning plan Millers), and led the way from start to finish. Outstanding in (almost) every way.

    Today was not a vintage performance by us and let's leave it at that. Credit to Chertsey who looked like they fancied giving their season a boost with a win over the champions elect; they put a lot into the game. We defended well, with Liam Eagle a rock in the middle at the back, and Adam New alongside being in the right place several times, making a terrific early tackle and being unlucky to see a powerful header saved by the Chertsey keeper in the second half. And Walshy took one for the team late on; he paid the price but it was very late on and kept it 0-0.

    Reading David's report reminded me how involved Dean Stow was in much of our efforts going forward, and Adam Liddle again impressed me with his tireless effort. It wasn't a pretty performance from us; it was hugely frustrating at times and nervy for me, but it was a gutsy effort and that's what it takes sometimes. It's a long season and has taken its toll recently, and I guess we can't always expect champagne football, but at least the boys got to feel the champagne at the end!
    • Joe

      02-04-2017, 07:21

      Huge congratulations to everybody at HWFC. A fantastic team effort by Players, management, committee, volunteers and supporters. Richly deserved promotion.
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