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Match Report: Egham Town v Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 27-09-2017, 09:33

Tuesday 26th September ‘17
Evo-Stik South League – East Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley travelled to fourth place Egham following their successful work out against the physical AFC Dunstable side at the weekend. The first minute saw a really bad challenge by Egham forward Daniel Julianne on Adam New. The young defender carried on playing but with a limp. Julianne was lucky to escape without any form of card; the referee deeming a word was sufficient.

Hartley controlled the early play, with Paul Hodges' bursts of pace causing the home defence problems. However it was the Sarnies who had the first chance on 10 minutes, when an intelligent run by Brendan Matthews from a breakaway ended with his parting shot well saved by Paul Strudley in the Hartley goal.

The Row opened the scoring on 19 minutes following a good flowing move. A long pass from defence saw Sam Argent flick on to James Tennant. The winger provided a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Paul Hodges, who shot low past the advancing home keeper, Patrick Ohman (0-1).

Things almost got better for Hartley two minutes later when a lob from 20 yards by Paul Hodges landed on the top of the net.

On 26 minutes, a free kick from James Tennant found the head of Sam Argent who headed narrowly over. A minute later, Argent sent Jake Baxter through but Ohman produced a good stop from the parting low shot.

Egham responded and a cross from the left from Ryan Phillips took a deflection and Strudley had to be alert to save.

On 43 minutes another heavy challenge on Adam New, who had played well, ended his match and he was replaced by Liam Eagle. The half ended with Paul Hodges cleverly setting up James Tennant, whose shot was well saved by Ohman.
Half Time: Egham Town 0 Hartley Wintney 1

The Sarnies started the second half strongly and on 49 minutes Ryan Debattista created a chance for himself on the edge of the box. His low drive was parried by Paul Strudley and the Row defence cleared. Four minutes later Egham were awarded a free kick on the 18 yard line. Louis Stead took the kick, which beat the wall but Paul Strudley brought off a good save at the post.

On 59 minutes, after more home pressure, a corner from Ryan Phillips was headed narrowly over by Mitchell Wiseman. Hartley responded and on 63 minutes a good run from Paul Hodges saw his parting shot deflected for a corner on the right. The Sarnies defence managed to clear the corner initially, but when the ball was returned, the home defence were unable to clear their lines and Liam Eagle slammed the ball home from 10 yards (0-2) .

On 78 minutes, good build up play between Jack French and Sam Argent created a chance for Paul Hodges. The striker was unable to get sufficient power in his shot and Ohman saved.

In the first minute of added time a powerful run down the left wing by Steven Duff resulted in a low cross across the face of the goal which was just missed by Sam Argent. Then, after four minutes of added time, the home side managed to win a few challenges on the edge of the Row box and the ball was fed through to Brendan Mattthews, who fired home a deserved consolation goal. (1-2)

The win moves the Row up into second place. They were not at their best but very solid, resilient and deserved the win overall. [D Graham]
Full time: Egham Town 1 Hartley Wintney 2

Egham Town: Patrick Ohman, Callum Webb, Ryan Phillips, Reece Yorke, Mitchell Wiseman, Wayne Carter, Daniel Julianne, Louis Stead, Brendan Matthews, Ryan Debattista, Lewis Cole.
Subs: Devante McKain, Aaron Berry, Jordan Fredericks, John Roberts, Matt Stockill

Hartley Wintney: Paul Strudley, Callum Eagle, Ben Greenwood, Joshua Webb, Steve Noakes, Adam New, Jack French, James Tennant, Sam Argent, Paul Hodges, Jake Baxter.
Subs: Aaron Parfitt, Liam Eagle, Steven Duff, Joe Paris, Ryan Lager, Adam Everiss
  • KOB

    27-09-2017, 10:01

    Another excellent away win for the boys. My late afternoon 'caring duties/meal on wheels service' prevented me from getting there, but the text updates soon told me it was another bruising encounter, under the control of an official seemingly not up to the level. I'd hoped the step up from CCL would have seen a marked improvement in the skill and consistency of referees.

    A big thanks again to David for making the trip and providing his report. While he didn't feel we were at our best, I agree with his comment to me that we currently have the knack of grinding out results in games like these, as on Saturday, and that's a big positive. We are coming up against these sides who feel they can muscle us out of it and get us to roll over; we have plenty of players, and plenty on the sides, who won't let that happen! Well done boys.

    Finally, David asked me to thank those who have been complimentary to us in respect of our reports and comments, saying "I provide the jumbled jottings of a report; Nick and yourself provide the astute analyses!" Mmm, well I'm not sure everyone would describe some of things Nick and I say in quite such favourable terms, but hopefully everyone would acknowledge that we both give lots of praise when we feel it's well deserved, and the very occasional swift 'boot up the backside' when warranted, which hasn't been often in recent times ;-)
    • VINTY

      27-09-2017, 18:38

      I am afraid that I disagree with David when he says we were not at their best because I think the boys gave a brilliant all round effort and this was to my mind our best performance in the league this season. This against an Egham side who had some very good individual intelligent players, but fortunately they did not gell as a team as we did. We also matched them physically as they were quite a big side and time and time again in the first half we were scythed down by their players with no punishment and given no protection from a very poor referee who after about the twentieth foul it was inevitable that the first yellow card would go to a Hartley player for an innocuous challenge. He was so bad that the supporters had to shout at him time and again because the offside flag was up. But take nothing away from the lads, we produced a couple of goal scoring opportunities before a neat move down the left from two or three Hartley players left Paul Hodges with the easiest of chances and before half time with players bursting through the middle we had a couple of more chances to wrap the game up. Inevitably again after another hefty challenge on Adam New (who up to them had been solid at the back) which again produced no penalty, he had to limp off and be replaced by the experienced Liam Eagles.

      Naturally in the second half Egham started to pile on the pressure but it was commendable that our defence and midfield dealt with everything so much so that Struds had very little to do in goal.
      We went back on the offensive and following a corner a melee ensued until, calmly for Liam, he put his foot on the ball and smashed it into the net. It was nothing more than we deserved.
      We still had chances to increase our lead after that, but it was just a pity that in the 96th minute a lapse of concentration in defence allowed Egham a consolation goal, which I am sure will have upset the management who love clean sheets!!!!
      I think any one of half a dozen players could have been the man of the match and it was fantastic to see the two new boys slotted into the team as if they had been playing together for ages!!!! The only gripe is that we have got to put away our chances, but who cares a win is a win.
      The other thought that struck me was what do the other teams in the league think when two newcomers to the league are currently first and second and so have already ruffled a few hairs!!!
      Nowadays it takes a lot to satisfy me in my old age but I thought it was a great night.
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