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.
UP THE ROW
Also thanks Farnborough for the hospitality, it was top class.