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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Hayes & Yeading United

Post by KOB - 25-10-2017, 10:09

Tuesday 24th October ‘17
Evo-Stik South League – East Division
Report by David Graham

Hartley suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a good Hayes & Yeading United in front of their biggest league gate of the season with 150 spectators present.

The Row had a blow prior to kick off when keeper Paul Strudley called off with illness. A late replacement was found, with former 'keeper Craig Atkinson helping out at very short notice.

Hartley had the first chance on 3 minutes following a surging run down the left by Louie Paget. His pass found Paul Hodges who, having exchanged passes with Jake Baxter, brought out a good save from Jack Smith in the Hayes goal.

It soon became evident that the pace in the forward and midfield positions would give the visitors the edge, and on 9 minutes Immuellson Duku set up Ismael Ehui who saw his shot tipped over by Craig Atkinson. A minute later, H&Y should have taken the lead. Duku’s pace took him past the Hartley defence and he rolled his shot past the advancing Atkinson, only to see the ball strike the post.

The Row responded and forced a number of corners but without a telling effort. However, on 20 minutes a low corner from Adam Everiss found Paul Hodges who created a chance for himself and brought out a good stop from 'keeper Smith. A minute later, Smith came out of the penalty box to head clear. The ball arrived at Steven Duff who saw his lob towards the empty net go just past the post.

On 24 minutes the visitors took the lead when a long cross from Andrew Ofosu on the right seemed to go straight into the net after being missed by Duku. (0-1)

The Row responded well and on 26 minutes an effort from Adam Everiss brought out another save from Smith. Soon after, Paul Hodges created a chance and was unlucky to see his parting effort blocked.

Two minutes later, with the Row on top, Steven Duff and Paul Hodges combined and Smith again produced a good stop. From a short corner, Paul Hodges was upended in the penalty area and captain, Dean Stow, converted from the spot. (1-1)

On 34 minutes the Row almost took the lead when a left wing corner was scrambled off the line by the Hayes defence. But then the visitors took the lead on 39 minutes. Toby Little lined up to take a right wing corner when he was strangely booked for time wasting. When the corner was taken, a number of players went up for the ball at the back post and Duku headed into the net (1-2).

Hartley started the second half well and on 48 minutes Adam Everiss was unable to convert a chance set up by Jake Baxter and Paul Hodges. The Row continued on the front foot and, four minutes later, a cross from Jake Baxter was headed across the face of the goal by Paul Hodges.

On 55 minutes Hartley should have pulled level when Jake Baxter went clear. As he rounded 'keeper Smith, the Hayes custodian got the faintest of touches on the ball and the chance was gone.

H&Y, who always looked dangerous on the counter attack, extended the lead on 62 minutes. Duku tried a speculative low shot from 25 yards which found the net (1-3).

Two minutes later, the visitors added a fourth. Duku appeared to try the most outrageous of Tom Daly dives in the penalty box. He was awarded the perfect 10 score from referee James Robinson, who pointed to the penalty spot. Hutchins converted the award (1-4).

The Row made a triple substitution, bringing on Josh Webb, Jack French and Hartley fans favourite, young Jayden Englefield; a real bundle of tricks. Within 20 seconds both Hartley centre backs, Liam Eagle and Adam New, went down injured. Fortunately both made sufficient recovery to continue until the end.

Hartley pressed forward but were unable to fashion a chance. On 87 minutes, Hayes added a fifth when a speculative shot from 25 yards took a deflection and looped over Craig Atkinson, giving Duku his hat-trick. (1-5)

In added time, Ofosu scored with another distance effort which found the net. (1-6) [D Graham]

After the game, David asked joint first team manager, Anthony Millerick, for his thoughts on the defeat.
"Although they were the better side, we had opportunities to get into the game," said Millers. "This is a wake up call to our team. Some will say 6-1 was a flattering score line. However, it does not disguise the fact that we were not at our best."
"Our standards have slipped," Millers continued, "and we must restore them to the levels they were before. The bulk of this side have achieved much. We did not compete as we should have done tonight. We will be looking to improve and very quickly."

HARTLEY WINTNEY: Craig Atkinson, Louie Paget, Callum Eagle, Dean Stow, Adam New, Liam Eagle, Aaron Parfitt, Adam Everiss, Jake Baxter, Paul Hodges, Steve Duff.
Subs: Jack French, Josh Webb, Jayden Englefield, Anthony Millerick, Steve Noakes.

HAYES & YEADING UNITED: Jack Smith, Keano Robinson, Danny Hutchins, Sypros Mentis, Danny May, Komal Reid, Andrew Ofusu, Toby Little, Immanerllson Duku, Ismael Ehui, Rondell Gordon.
Subs: Joakim Ehui, Frankie Jones, Oladamey Olajubu, Tre Mittford, Luke Daley

    25-10-2017, 22:17

    This was Hartley's biggest defeat at home for many years, and I am afraid that as the season progresses we will find it tougher and tougher to compete in this league as the bigger clubs can afford to increase the strength of their squads as necessary whereas unfortunately being one of the smaller clubs our options are more limited, but we knew that by going up a league and we just have to battle away with the resources we have got. From the way we have been playing in the last three or four games we have been lucky with the results achieved and I feared that we were due a heavy beating which happened tonight against a rampant Hayes & Yeading side who were easily the best we have played so far in the league.
    We could have been three down in the first ten minutes had they taken their chances with the speed of their front men who caught our back four time and again out of position and it was only a matter of time before they opened the scoring, but surprise surprise, this helped us as we tried to upt our game and
    after Hodges was felled in the box Stowie stepped up to score with his usual aplomb and for a time we had other opportunities to score when the ball was kicked off the line and their keeper had to make a couple of good stops, but then the inevitable flow went down the other end and they scored from a corner.
    2-1 at half time and we were still in with a shout, and should have equalised early in the second half but squandered the chance, and then they scored two in quick succession, one a needless penalty, and it was game over. Their last two goals were long range speculative efforts which could have gone anywhere, but put the icing on the cake.
    By then with the confidence ebbing the lads just run out of ideas and came off the pitch, (admittedly for the first time for ages) completely demoralised and dejected. We did have some opportunities to score, but in the last four games we have scored three goals, two penalties and a header from the centreback, so one can see where some of the problems lay and I understand the management are trying very hard to remedy the situation.
    But this one defeat is not the end of the world, we have a cup game this Saturday -- a completely different one off scenario --- and hopefully the lads can put tonight's performance behind them and start once again to believe in themselves and those around them and fight tooth and nail to respond to any criticism that I hope fairly that is levelled against them (with the many supporters behind them) and win handsomely so that the coach home will be rocking and rolling!!!!!
    • KOB

      26-10-2017, 10:11

      It's a reality check. Let's face it, if a few seasons ago someone had said we'd be playing at the level of the likes of Hayes & Yeading, Cambridge City and Rushden & Diamonds, we'd have given them a real old fashioned look. As a club the achievement over recent years has been formidable, and for the most part we've been in control. Our start to this season was an eye-opener for other clubs, with us being touted as title contenders by some - ok, we're ambitious but I doubt many of us were looking at promotion this season; maybe we can now go back to being unfancied underdogs! But it shows how far we've come.

      It feels we are now going into a new phase, with changes to key players forced on us, and Nick of course is right that we can't compete with the bigger clubs in bringing in cover for injuries whenever needed, so there will be times when it will feel we are swimming against the tide. But it is a good squad, players will recover from injury, and with the introduction of one or two new faces, I've no doubt we'll continue to proudly punch above our weight.
    • Mick

      25-10-2017, 22:50

      Wise words Vinty. The guys do tend to punch above their weight and no one promised that it would be easy. Guys - rest assured that as supporters we will again turn up in decent numbers at Swindon and be loud. History is just that, and Saturday will be another match day to savour. We are all very proud of the squad - UTR! :-)
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