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Match Report: Hartley Wintney v Weymouth

Post by KOB - 31-03-2019, 11:13

Hartley Wintney v Weymouth, Evo-Stik League South, Premier South. Saturday 30th March 2019
Report by David Graham

Weymouth maintained their table top position with a comfortable win over Hartley Wintney at the Green Lane Memorial Ground. The match was watched by a bumper crowd of 437.

The Row started the better and on 3 minutes a corner from Steve Duff found the head of Jack Ball, who saw his effort saved by Tom McHale in the Terras' goal. On 8 minutes, a delivery from Mitchell Parker saw Alex Albert's headed effort hit the foot of the post and the Terras managed to scramble the ball clear.

Weymouth inevitably came into the game and on 13 minutes England C international, Brandon Goodship, tried his luck from 25 yards, with the ball going inches over the crossbar.

Weymouth took the lead on 19 minutes and it was Hartley who were the masters of their own downfall by being guilty of overplaying on the edge of their own penalty box. The Terras, who pressed quickly and consistently throughout the afternoon, gained possession and Brandon Goodship shot across the goal straight into the path of Yemi Odubade, who fired home from close range. (0-1)

Weymouth maintained an edge and Addulai Baggie jinked his way through the Row defence three minutes later but shot straight at Hartley 'keeper, Paul Strudley. The Terras had a further effort when Baggie set up Goodship, who fired over.


Hartley started the second half well but almost undid their good work by overplaying in defence on 52 minutes. Goodship gained possession but shot into the side netting from a difficult angle.

The Row pushed to get the equaliser but were unable to make any impression on the visitors' defence, and the Terras extended their lead on 69 minutes with a controversial second goal. A long, high ball from the back took a high bounce into the Row box. Weymouth striker, Ben Thomson, challenged Paul Strudley in the air for possession. The ball broke free and Thomson shot home, with the Row claiming a foul on Strudley. (0-2)

Five minutes later the Terras made the game safe. Yemi Odubade made good ground down the right at pace and his accurate cross was converted at the near post by substitute Cameron Murray. (0-3)

The introduction of substitute Salhin Abubakar saw the Row create opportunities down the left wing. However, despite periods of pressure, McHale in the visitors' goal remained largely untroubled. [D Graham]


HARTLEY WINTNEY: Paul Strudley, Nathan Smart (c), Louie Paget, Jack Ball, Matthew Drage, Alexandru Albert, Steven Duff, Marley Ridge, Michael Campbell, Mitchell Parker, Dan Stewart.
Subs: Salhin Abubakar (on for Steve Duff), Tyron Smith (on for Alex Albert), Tyrone Newton, Jack French (on for Michael Campbell), Josh Webb

WEYMOUTH: Tom McHale, Calvin Brooks, Ashley Wells, Sam Sherring, Stephane Zubar, Jake McCarthy, Yemi Odubade, Josh Carmichael, Ben Thomson, Brandon Goodship, Addulai Baggie.
Subs: Josh Wakefield, Jack Martin, Harry Baker, Cameron Murray (on), Jordan Ngalo (on).

CROWD: 437

David spoke with Anthony Millerick after the game.

"I felt that Weymouth did a good, professional job on us; it's what we aspire to do on other teams. Goals change games and both the first two goals were disappointing for differing reasons. The first was an individual error. The second looked like a blatant foul on our keeper. At the time of both these goals, I felt we were in the ascendancy.
"I cannot fault the effort put in by our players today," Millers added, "it was a really good shift. It is always disappointing to lose and we must quickly try and return to winning ways."
  • KOB

    31-03-2019, 11:45

    We can and should take a lot out of that game as a learning experience. The boys certainly put the effort in but Weymouth pressed exceptionally well from front to back and didn't give us any time on the ball. We didn't adjust to that, or maybe we just couldn't on the day; they were just too good. Mistakes came from the pressure put on us - but they weren't unforced errors, so I can accept it.

    We got punished for overplaying at the back at times, but the boys are right to back their ability and try to play out - yesterday wasn't the day for it but that's not a reason to change the way we play. Maybe we need to learn, out on the pitch, how to mentally better adapt to evolving circumstances, but - I know well enough - it's easy to say in hindsight when not in the midst of the battle.

    We were beaten by a good side in good form that's likely to go on and win the league, yet we gave them a good game and would have taken the lead on another day, Alex's header off the post. Their opening goal and the nature of it affected both teams in opposite ways and it took us a while to steady ourselves, and we lost all our momentum. The second was very questionable at best and the officials left no one on our side of the fence convinced they weren't being swayed by the sizeable visiting support behind that goal; but I suppose that's all part of the game.

    Thankfully yesterday wasn't a game where we had to get something, and that's because the boys have put in such an excellent run of form recently; they'll still be looking to finish the season strongly. We're not quite out of the woods, at least in mathematical terms, and I'm also sure the boys want to finish as high up as possible. A top ten finish would be a tremendous achievement.
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