Club Web Forum

Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Windsor FC

Post by KOB - 05-04-2017, 09:12

Tuesday 4th April ‘17
Combined Counties League – Premier Division
Report by David Graham

Windsor sportingly applauded Hartley onto the pitch as Division champions for the second successive season. The match was barely one minute old when the Row took the lead. Young Windsor goalkeeper, Henry Poole, did well to parry an effort from Andre Williams for a corner. Dean Stow’s low delivery found Liam Eagle who blasted his shot on the half volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards. (1-0)

Hartley probed for the remainder of the first half but without creating a worthwhile chance. The nearest they came to scoring was an effort from Luke Perkins on 12 minutes which went just past the post.

Windsor pulled level on the stroke of half time. A long cross from the left looked like going harmlessly for a goal kick. However, Gus Bowles refused to give it up, and kept the ball in play before feeding Riccardo Cannon who shot home from 10 yards. (1-1)

Hartley restored their lead on 51 minutes following a through pass from Ian Jones. The ball arrived at Andre Williams who ran on and scored past the outrushing Poole (2-1).

The Row almost extended their lead on 55 minutes; being denied by smart goalkeeping from Henry Poole. First he pushed a goal-bound header from Shane Hollamby around the post. Then, from the resulting corner by Dean Stow, he did well to save a powerful header from Liam Eagle.

Windsor made a late rally and on 82 minutes a powerful shot from a difficult angle by Kieran Knight was pushed over by Paul Strudley.

Hartley held on to record league win number 32 from 40 matches played. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Tom Walsh, Adam New, Charlie Bath, Liam Eagle, Shane Hollamby, Dean Stow, Ian Jones, Andre Williams, Luke Perkins, Jack French.
Subs: Louie Paget, Marc Vockins, Steven Duff

WINDSOR: Henry Poole, Emmannoyll Goganos, Ashley Smith, Jacob Cook, Andrew Ingram, Riccardo Cannon, Barry Dunbar, Ramel Sutherland, Kieran Knight, Robert Lazarczuk, Gus Bowles,
Subs: Bradley Pearce, Bradley Birchmore, Joseph Zemattas, Luke Brook-Smith
  • KOB

    05-04-2017, 09:51

    Great to see Andre Williams back in and scoring, and excellent that Charlie Bath was given a start. We have a talented bunch of youngsters coming up through the reserves and Charlie is certainly one who, being that little bit older, now stands out as having that 'something' that suggests he could soon be ready for an extended spell in the first team squad.

    I've watched the Ressies a few times this season and Charlie has impressed me every time. He just needs to stay 100% positive and switched on every moment of the game; it's not a criticism, but just when a move breaks down he doesn't always gamble on the opposition player making a mistake (and I've told him that from the sidelines, hey Charlie), and his speed of mind and ability would allow him to punish a lot of such mistakes. To be fair, the occasional 'pausing for thought' when play breaks down may be partly out of frustration, because it can't have been easy playing in a Ressies side that appears to have been in a constant state of transition in terms of players. And I've not seen it when he's played in the first team; indeed Eric has said how he plays with a more positive outlook whenever he gets a first team run-out. There's no doubt in my mind that Charlie Bath could quickly develop into an important player for us. He's confident and stylish on the ball, and has a very good touch that gets him out of tight situations. Like all players, it will need to be worked at and earned, but I sense Charlie is up for that.

    Before his injury, Andre played some very nice football for us and scored some good goals, so I'm delighted to see him back in the squad at last. I couldn't make the game last night but I'm told both Andre and Charlie played really well, and that Charlie might have celebrated a very early goal himself, but his shot was blocked and rebounded to Liam who scored. So well done both of you, and to 'the management' for giving the boys the chance to perform.
Template ©Egemenerd | Site Build: Kevin O'Byrne | Web Hosting: Dolia | rss widget @ | Online Privacy Policy