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Farnborough FC 1 Hartley Wintney FC 6 (Yes SIX)

Post by VINTY - 05-10-2017, 08:51

That is right, the result speaks for itself. Despite making six changes from Saturday's thrashing of Arlesey (one of them enforced by the shock news that our leading goal scorer Sam Argent has joined Basingstoke this week) we still decisively over-run and beat a mainly young Farnborough side, although there were four or five first teamers playing, fielding some academy players (a luxury we do not have) in the first round of the southern league cup, but take nothing away from this performance because at times we played some delightful football all over the park and created a hatful of chances that would have taken us into double figures including a missed penalty.
It was the first time for instance I had seen young Englefield playing and throughout the first half he tormented their full back and combining with Paul Hodges and Jake Baxter they time and again sliced their way through the Farnborough defence.
It had to be Paul Hodges who opened the scoring in the first five minutes when after a mazy run past three or four defenders before he slotted home. The second was scored by Englefield after a weaving run into the box by Jake Baxter set him up with an easy chance. We then missed a penalty, then under mounting pressure on their defence we had another one and Stowie, coming back from his summer break, got in on the act and before the break Paul rammed in his second. Could not believe 4-0 up at the break, but should have been EIGHT.
Noaksey and Paul were hauled off for a breather and young Mitchell and Williams were given an extended run, but this did not prevent Jake getting on the scoresheet at last and for the old man Parfitt with a trademark free-kick to make it six and after that only excellent goal-keeping prevented any further scoring
whilst at the other end with Stowie in command at centre-back any chances Farnborough had were squandered until the final kick of the game when Jamie Cureton showed how to finish.
So despite all the changes we played and succeeded in playing some creative football throughout the whole 90 minutes and Millers must have been absolutely delighted as were us supporters who again turned up
en masse to support the team. It also hopefully puts him in a slight dilemma as to who he picks for next Saturday in the FA Trophy in a tough game at Slimbridge in a totally different setting somewhere in the hills of Gloucestershire.
The only downside is there were a couple of scouts
watching from other clubs who I hope were not too impressed, but who cares, lets take one game at a time.

Also thanks Farnborough for the hospitality, it was top class.
  • KOB

    05-10-2017, 09:45

    On the morning after we've beaten Farnborough 6-1 away, I shouldn't have such a hollow feeling, but I can't hide the fact that I feel totally gutted over Sam's departure. I don't blame anyone - if I were still at Basingstoke Town I'd have moved mountains to prise him away from Hartley, and I assume Sam looked hard at the money on offer and the possible stepping stone the move might present him beyond Southern Premier. He has been incredible for us; we can't hold anything but gratitude for his time at Hartley - and who knows, he came back once, he may return again. And yet, inside I am personally hurting like hell, and I know many involved at the club are hurting. I've not felt this bad since Neville and Tarrsy duped all but a couple of our players to go with them to Thatcham; but we came out of that okay in the end. We're a tough little club.

    Okay... to the game now, which I missed and so did David, therefore a big thumbs up to Nick for stepping in as 'chief football correspondent' for the Row this week. It doesn't really matter what team Farnborough put out, we had to go about things with the right attitude and assert ourselves on the game early on, which we clearly did, so well done boys. It goes on the record as a very good result.

    With several players injured or unavailable, it had to be a real squad effort, including some of our own younger lads. So while the home side will brush it off as a mismatch, full marks to our bench for showing respect to the competition and its sponsor, with our debut in the FA Trophy coming so soon, while at the same time using it as an opportunity to test the strength in our squad.
    • Beddy

      05-10-2017, 11:08

      Sad news indeed but he has served the club well and as stated might return another day and welcomed with open arms. Nows the time for the squad to stand shoulder to shoulder and I am sure the right man will soon establish himself and wear the crown of King Striker..........Come on the Row, heads up we on the Algarve are cheering you on...Good Luck Saturday
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