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Match Report: Fleet Town v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 11-05-2017, 09:44

Wednesday 10th May ‘17
Aldershot FA Senior Invitation Challenge Cup Final
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney travelled to the EBB Stadium in Aldershot looking to complete a League and Cup double. The Aldershot Senior Cup has eluded the Row since season 1980/81 when they beat Portals 3-1 in the Final. In the event it was to prove a game too far for a jaded looking Hartley as near neighbours Fleet Town deservedly lifted the Cup.

Fleet started the brighter with Danilo Cadete and Dan Williamson posing problems down the right with fast breaks from defence. On six minutes it was the same pair who combined and set up the opening goal. An accurate cross from the right found the unmarked Rob Carr on the edge of the penalty box and the winger despatched an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Paul Strudley's net. (1-0).

Hartley responded and on 11 minutes their first effort arrived when Liam Eagle's back header from a set piece went across the face of the goal and just wide.

Danilo Cadete switched wings and on 20 minutes created space for a cross into the Hartley box which found Ben Toye, who shot over. A minute later, Liam Eagle was unable to clear his lines and Rob Carr sent in a low shot from 25 yards which went just past the post.

On 24 minutes Rob Carr did well to get a cross in from the right side goal line and Simba Miambo was unlucky to see his effort go wide. At the other end, Hartley had a chance when a Steve Duff free kick on 27 minutes found the head of Dean Stow at the near post and the midfielder was unlucky to see his effort deflected wide. Three minutes later the Row again came close when a cross from Steve Duff landed on top of the crossbar.

On 32 minutes the light blues increased their lead. A long clearance from defence found Simba Miambo. The centre forward held the ball up well before releasing Rob Carr. The winger ran on and scored past the outrushing Paul Strudley (2-0).

Hartley had a chance soon after when Shane Hollamby set up Dean Stow, who saw his effort well saved by Fleet keeper Ryan Pryce.

Two minutes later things got even worse for the Row when a cross into the penalty box was handled by Shane Hollamby. Rob Carr stepped up and scored easily to complete his hat trick (3-0).

Hartley had a good spell of pressure and on 40 minutes reduced the deficit. A Steven Duff free kick on the left led to a scramble on the Fleet goal line. The ball eventually finished up in the net and Adam Liddle was credited as the scorer. (3-1).

Two minutes before the break, a good through ball from Tom Walsh set Dean Stow free and his fierce shot brought out a good save from Ryan Pryce.

Hartley forced the early pace at the start of the second half and on 49 minutes a long throw from Steve Noakes led to a good overhead kick attempt by Adam Liddle which went over.

On 52 minutes Fleet almost increased their lead when a lofted shot from Danilo Cadete produced a good save from Paul Strudley, who pushed the ball over the crossbar. Then on 68 minutes the Row had a let off when Cadete and Carr sent in low crosses across the face of the Hartley goal which resulted in pinball and the Row very lucky to survive.

Three minutes later Hartley were again lucky to survive when a free kick on the left from Ben White created problems. In another minute Danilo Cadete released Simba Miambo through the middle from a breakaway. The striker’s fierce parting shot brought an excellent save from Paul Strudley.

Fleet continued to press and on 74 minutes, after some good build up play, Ben White saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide. Two minutes later, Dan Williamson went on an overlapping run down the right and his cross was headed wide by Simba Miambo. This action was followed soon after by Rob Carr and Danilo Cadete combining to give the latter a one on one with Paul Strudley which brought a good stop from the Row keeper. The rebound fell to Mitch Parker who saw his effort again saved by Strudley.

Relieved by the let off, Hartley attacked and on 81 minutes reduced the arrears. A high ball into the penalty area saw Adam Liddle challenge keeper Pryce beyond the far post. The young striker did well to get in a cross which found Liam Eagle, who fired home from 10 yards (3-2).

Two minutes later Fleet made the game safe with a fourth goal. Rob Carr set overlapping Dan Williamson free on the right and the wing-back fired a low shot past Strudley from the edge of the penalty box (4-2).

To compound a disappointing evening for the Row, Steve Noakes received a straight red card from referee Federico Ardiles in added time for a very strong challenge. [D Graham]

FLEET TOWN: Ryan Pryce, Dan Williamson, Nick Hutchings, Zac Hawker, Josh Francis, Josh Harfield, Danilo Cadete, Ben White, Simba Miambo, Ben Toye, Rob Carr.
Subs: Mitch Parker (used), Archie Fawcett (used), James Scott (used), Craig Martin

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Tom Walsh, Adam New, Steve Noakes, Liam Eagle, Jack French, Steve Duff, Ian Jones, Dean Stow, Adam Liddle, Shane Hollamby
Subs: Adam Everiss (on for Shane Hollamby), Louie Paget (on for Steve Duff), Charlie Bath, Aaron Parfitt (on for Adam New), Julian Sills
  • KOB

    11-05-2017, 10:27

    We certainly have lots to celebrate this season, on and off the pitch, and I ought to put last night quickly to one side... but as some of you know, I'm not a good loser. While Noakesy will no doubt reflect on what he did at the very end of the game, which gained nothing but a 3 match ban for the start of next season, it perfectly summed up the frustration I was also feeling. I don't condone it but I couldn't blame him. Last night was not only bitterly disappointing for losing a final against close local rivals, it was frustrating that we were unable to field a side that would have surely at least run Fleet closer.

    It was also a wake up call ahead of next season, as Fleet is the calibre of team we'll be up against. But maybe we needed that. The last two seasons have mostly seen us on top of opposition, so a reality check may have been due (against Melksham we just made mistakes - last night we were second best at times). That said, we were competitive last night - Fleet were very worthy winners, and the scoreline would have reflected it more had it not been for fine saves by Struds who was terrific - but we did play some good stuff. Still without the injured Steve Laidler, I thought the midfield did well, with Jack French perhaps having his best game for us. Jonah, Duffs and Dean Stow were heavily involved and Steve Duff and Dean were involved in much of our most threatening forward play. Adam Liddle again showed strength and determination up front and did well. But big games need the big players to be there and performing, and without our captain it was always going to be a tough night. Sam is such a focal point of everything we do, like Barcelona without Messi (yes I can make that comparison!). And of course no Ross Cook available, and Luke Perkins sidelined with his arm in a sling. Holla... didn't have his best night; he'll know that I think, but he's been playing superbly at the back and having to switch to a striker's role against quality defenders isn't easy. It says something when we end up with Liam Eagle playing as a makeshift centre-forward towards the end of the game. Yes he scored, and he fought hard throughout did Liam, but he's hardly the obvious choice. As David says in his report, it looked like a game too far for us last night.

    My man of the match has to be Paul Strudley, who kept us in the game until almost the very end. Amongst the outfield players, for me Jack French; I thought Jack was very confident on the ball, drew no end of fouls (did anyone actually ever get a booking for any of them?) and looked a classy player against a quick, competitive Fleet midfield.

    I can't hide my disappointment; why should we? We go into a cup game wanting to win it, not come away saying "well at least we made the final". It's right to feel disappointed, frustrated, even angry. That's what makes us work harder to do better next time. Steve Noakes is the player he is because it hurts him; it matters to him as much as it matters to us stood watching. Love that. As for the challenge at the end... saw much worse in our playground back in the 70s, but then we were brought up watching Dave Webb and Norman Hunter! :)
    • Joe

      12-05-2017, 09:06

      Very good summary Kevin. As an exiled Hartley man, I don't get down to see many games so it was disappointing to see Hartley lose convincingly to local rivals after such a good season. It was a long journey back to the Midlands!

      Obviously I can only comment about Wednesday's game so my comments might seem unfair in view of the season that the Club has had. You are right about the players looking jaded - by contrast Fleet were full of energy and the pace from their front three was too much for the Hartley defence. It would have been a lot worse but for Paul Strudley. It was a shame that Hartley were not at full strength but that shouldn't hide the fact that there were areas where Hartley may need to strengthen for next season.

      However we shouldn't forget what a stellar season it has been. Well done to the Players, Management and everybody connected with the Club.
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