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
CINDERFORD TOWN v HARTLEY WINTNEY
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."