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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Sutton Common Rovers

Post by KOB - 16-04-2017, 08:39

Saturday 15th April ‘17
Combined Counties League – PREMIER DIVISION
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney were presented with the Combined Counties League Premier Division Winners Cup for the second year in a row at the end of the match against SCR. This sparked joyous scenes with Champagne being sprayed freely around the players.

SCR sportingly applauded Hartley onto the pitch before the match. The match itself had a distinctly end of season feel about it in a first half of few chances. On 9 minutes a corner on the right from Luke Perkins found the head of Adam New, who saw his effort saved by Craig Bradshaw in the SCR goal. It was not until the 33rd minute that the Rovers fashioned a chance, when good interplay between Michael Campbell and Sam Blowers set up Joe Mead, whose shot went just over the bar.

A minute later a long free kick from Louie Paget found the head of Sam Argent, whose effort went narrowly over.

The Rovers had a good spell and came close to opening the scoring on 37 minutes. An accurate free kick from 25 yards beat the Hartley wall and Paul Strudley did well to parry, before Adam New completed the clearance.

The visitors came even closer on the stroke of half time. Matt Auletta created space for himself just outside the penalty box and delivered a thunderous shot. The ball crashed off the inside of the post with Strudley beaten. The Rovers claimed 'goal' and many spectators agreed with them, in that the ball actually hit the stanchion at the top of the goal.

Hartley improved after the break but it was the Rovers who had the first shot on goal. Joe Mead set up a chance for Michael Campbell, who saw his shot well saved by Paul Strudley.

The Row had a good spell of pressure and on 57 minutes a free kick some 25 yards out from Dean Stow brought out a good save from Craig Bradshaw. A minute later, Sam Argent and Shane Hollamby combined well before the former's parting effort went wide.

Hartley broke the deadlock on 63 minutes with Jack French’s first goal for the club. Shane Hollamby and Sam Argent combined well around the edge of the penalty box before setting up French, whose low drive beat the outstretched arm of Craig Bradshaw. (1-0)

Three minutes later, the Row added a second. Shane Hollamby sent an incisive pass through to Sam Argent and the striker ran on to fire past Bradshaw. (2-0)

On 78 minutes the SCR’s robust substitute, Stefan Joseph, created space and his cross found Michael Campbell who saw his effort well saved by Strudley.

Joseph was again in action of a different sort soon afterwards, with what seemed like a physical assault on Louie Paget. With most expecting a red card, referee Zach Jacquart showed a yellow.

On 84 minutes the Rovers pulled a goal back. Matt Auletta made progress down the right and his cross found Michael Campbell whose effort was partly saved by Strudley. The Row defenders made great efforts to keep the ball from crossing the line. However, the Assistant Referee, who was well placed, signalled for a goal (2-1).

Two minutes later, Campbell went from hero to villain. A long ball saw a race between Adam New and Campbell which saw Campbell appear to throw a punch at New. The referee was on the spot and Campbell was issued with a straight red card.

The final whistle saw Hartley applauded from the field by the club faithful. A remarkable season for the Row both on and off the pitch. Good teamwork is engendered throughout the club. Considerable credit must go to the two joint managers, Daniel Brownlie and Anthony Millerick, plus coach Luke Tuffs. The team was well prepared for every match, both in fitness and attitude. As a result they have already exceeded last year's formidable points total of 106 points. [D Graham]

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Dean Stow, Louie Paget, Adam New, Steve Noakes, Jack French, Steve Duff, Ian Jones, Sam Argent, Adam Liddle, Luke Perkins
Subs: Marc Vockins, (used), Shane Hollamby (used), Charlie Bath, James Vass, Jake Maddock

SUTTON COMMON ROVERS: Craig Bradshaw, Aaron Bogle, Anson Cousins, Adam Allen, Owen Davies, Sam Blowers, Liam Holden, Joe Mead, Michael Campbell , Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Matt Auletta,
Subs: Charlie Emery (used), Stefan Joseph (used), Rudolf Tew, Kaeno Robinson (used), Dave Hill
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