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Match Report: Cinderford Town v Hartley Wintney, FA Cup

Post by KOB - 17-09-2017, 10:15

Saturday 16th September ‘17
The Emirates FA Cup – 2nd Round Qualifying
Report by David Graham

Hartley Wintney took good support but a brave effort was not enough as they made their exit from the FA Cup in the Forest of Dean. The Row played for 51 minutes with ten men following a sending off, and finally lost out to the only goal, scored on the 76th minute.

Cinderford, who scored seven goals in the league in the previous week, started strongly and the Hartley goal was soon under constant pressure. In the second minute, Matt Mc Donald played several passes and his parting shot was well saved by an alert Craig Atkinson. The first six minutes saw the Foresters, prompted by striker Lewis Bamford, bombard the Hartley defence, and several half chances were passed up.

On 7 minutes Bamford showed great skill in getting past two Hartley defenders after controlling a long pass. However, with only Atkinson to beat he shot wide. One minute later, loose play in midfield by the Row gave an opportunity to Nick Humphries, who saw his strong shot saved by Atkinson.

Hartley slowly began to get a foothold in the match and pressure came on the home goal from several long throws and a free kick. Hartley’s first real chance came on 21 minutes. A Steven Duff corner found the head of Adam New, whose misdirected header found Steve Noakes at the back post. However, the Row defender was unable to direct his header on goal.

The Foresters had a chance a minute later when a cross from Nick Humphries saw Blaine Waugh a whisker away from connecting at the far post.

Hartley spirits were lifted on 32 minutes when dangerous front man for Cinderford, Lewis Bamford, picked up a knock and was required to be substituted by Craig Norman. However, the Row relief was soon more than cancelled out on 39 minutes. Dean Stow’s two footed challenge in midfield was met by a straight red card from referee Dan Flynn.

Hartley responded by replacing Luke Perkins with Jack French soon afterwards and managed to see out the four added minutes unscathed.
Half Time: Cinderford Town 0 Hartley Wintney 0

The Foresters started strongly and on 49 minutes a good build up presented a chance to Craig Norman, who saw his strike produce a good save from Craig Atkinson. On 54 minutes, Cinderford had a good chance from a free kick on the edge of the penalty box. The Row’s wall held firm and the ball was cleared.

The home side continued to have the edge, despite stubborn defence from Hartley, and on 65 minutes Sammie Hicks created a chance for himself but shot over. On 73 minutes, Blaine Waugh managed to create a good scoring opportunity for himself but blazed wide.

Two minutes later the Row had a chance following some slack play from the Foresters. Sam Argent managed to get possession and his strong shot across goal brought out a good save from Cameron Clarke, the home keeper.

Within minutes Cinderford got the breakthrough. Good play from Dellan Morley-Lyne saw him get around the back of the Hartley defence and his cross was turned into the net from close range by Craig Norman (1-0).

Hartley pressed forward in search of the equaliser and came close on 89 minutes. A Steven Duff corner found the head of Adam New, who was just wide with his header. In added time the Row had a free kick opportunity but Steven Duff’s effort went over the bar.
Full time: Cinderford Town 1 Hartley Wintney 0

Cinderford Town: Cameron Clarke, Nick Grimes, Andy Lewis, Lewis Ellis, Jack Alderdice, Matt McDonald, Blaine Haugh, Sammie Hicks, Lewis Bamford, Dellan Morley-Lyne, Nick Humphries
Subs: Josh Nelmes, Craig Norman, Robbie Atkinson, Isaac Kelly, Liam Angel.

Hartley Wintney: Craig Atkinson, Callum Eagle, Louie Paget, Joe Paris, Steve Noakes, Adam New, Steven Duff, Dean Stow, Sam Argent, Paul Hodges, Luke Perkins.
Subs: James Tennant (on for Steve Duff), Ben Greenwood, George Frise, Jayden Englefield, Jack French (on for Luke Perkins), Andre Williams (on for Louie Paget)

Dan Brownlie, joint first team manager, said after the game, "Despite the man disadvantage I felt we restricted Cinderford to very few chances. The nature of the loss was disappointing. We started far too tentatively. Then when we were doing well in the game we went down to 10 men. This obviously required re-adjustment.
"Although Cinderford had more of the game, I felt we had the best three chances. We knew they would be well organised and obviously confident after their 7-1 win last week. Disappointing, of course, but a brave effort.

Anthony Millerick added, "I feel we allowed them to settle into their game too quickly. Adam New had a very good game alongside Steve Noakes. We are indebted to Craig Atkinson for stepping in at short notice. He had an excellent match with several good saves.
"All in all we are disappointed at not getting the replay."
  • KOB

    17-09-2017, 11:04

    Sorry all, I've always been rubbish at hiding my disappointment when we've lost a big game the way we did yesterday, but disappointing is an understatement. Yes, Stowy's sending off was a turning point (no question it was a red, but had the officials dealt with the immediately preceding foul then the follow up wouldn't have happened). But we weren't setup right yesterday. Must give a big shout out to Atko (Craig Atkinson) who came in because Struds was unavailable and Jake injured. It was as if he'd never left. He pulled off three fine saves in the first 10 minutes to keep us in it. What were we doing! Apart from Atko and a couple of others, we were all still on the coach boys! Sam got the official MOTM but for me it was without any doubt Craig Atkinson, or we'd have been all but out of the tie after quarter of an hour. Sorry boys, not good enough. But later, down to ten, we battled heroically, and in the end were a touch unlucky not to get a draw.

    Another apology, 'cause I'm not going to make myself popular with Tuffs, Dan and Millers, but the line up had many of us scratching our heads. Sometimes I do think managers and coaches (in general) over-analyse and change player positions unnecessarily. Putting Dean in centre midfield in place of Jack made no sense to me - even after the reason was explained to me afterwards (thanks Tuffs, not easy having to be scrutinised after a defeat, I do appreciate your openess and patience with us). Stowy would be in my starting line-up every week (assuming fitness) but not in centre mid. Wing-back, wide right, absolutely. Won't press the point here but happy to explain to anybody why I don't think he should be in centre mid when we have (what in my opinion is) a genuine centre midfielder such as Frenchy in the squad.

    Callum hadn't played for a while and it showed at the start, though the Eagle improved well as the game went on. Would we have suffered so many dangerous early attacks had Stowy been at right-back? I'll leave that hanging there.

    Now, I understand the boys are not on pro contracts and we can't expect to be able to dictate their presence at games - no doubt family comes first, work second and football third - but we travelled to a big game with several players unavailable through holidays or other family commitments. We badly missed Evo's pace and workrate; we missed the ability to bring on Aaron Parfitt, who made a difference in our last games. Having Liam available might have given us something else too, though Newy was excellent. The only player we didn't miss, fortunately, was Struds, because Atko came in and was superb - he couldn't do anything about their goal but stopped everything else. I do understand players at our level cannot commit everything to the game, but I would ask that they try hard to plan things better around the season. It's not unreasonable to imagine we'd still be in important cup competitions in September.

    Cinderford are a good side and a lovely community club, very friendly. Really impressed with the players wishing us well as they left, and one shaking our hands. No doubt they could see the disappointment in our faces. They behaved in a genuinely friendly way, in no way cocky as some teams do after a win. Lovely club, and as Vinty said as the coach approached the ground and we looked out across the valley, the view alone was worth the admission. But in the game, we had none of the good fortune our play has earned us in recent games.

    Finally, something to put things starkly into perspective. As we traveled back passed Gloucester on the A417, we saw an obviously bad accident that had occured clearly not long before, on the opposite carriageway. I saw on the news this morning that four people died in that crash, two seriously injured. Suddenly, being out of the FA Cup means nothing. Spare a thought for the families of those who died, so sad.
    • VINTY

      17-09-2017, 19:20

      Just to put my own oar in as usual there did seem for a long while to be a mood of inevitability that we would lose against Cinderford from the way we did not get out of the gates at the start (and having to rely on the magnificent Atko to keep us in the game) and it continued ever after the sending off until the usual last fifteen minutes when we started to again believe in ourselves and upt our game and started to create chances. Why we have so many first halves like this is a mystery to me and I am sure it is for the management trying to motivate the team.
      I think enough has been said about how and what team is selected but I would only add that when their very experienced centre-half, who controlled everything, was substituted their defence became more ragged and perhaps at that point we should have sent Andre on up front with Sam and tucked Paul in behind them so they could feed each other.
      I know a number of players were missing for a variety of reasons, but we are not really a semi-professional club in the true sense because the management only get a certain amount of money to play with which is probably why we cannot go any higher than the league we are in, not because of the ability of the players, but purely for financial reasons, unless of course had gate attendances of 300/400 a game which is highly improbable, so the players play for Hartley because they want to, but their family life and work load must be their priority and sadly football sometimes must come second and I don't critisize any of them because of that.
      Now lets forget the FA Cup and as I have said in the past this year we need to consolidate our position in the league and next Saturday is the biggest test so far because of the visit of top of the table Dunstable and I am looking forward as to how we cope with them. We had great fun on the coach, lets have it again Saturday.
      UP THE ROW
    • Mick

      17-09-2017, 13:36

      Excellent reports and observations from David & Kevin.
      For what it is worth, I felt that the end result hinged on being down to ten men for so long in the match. Yes - we started very slowly and we missed Adam Everiss in particular although we have a strong enough squad at this level. No blame to Dean Stow as referees have a different agenda to fans. If the tackled player from Cinderford was blameless why did he receive a yellow card? Anyway - still an amazing day out with Hodges, Bowler and New providing the entertainment on the coach journey home - loved it! :-)
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