hartley 2 cove 0
Post by nick vint - 31-03-2016, 16:36
On paper this looked like an easy fixture, but as so often happens it is not always the case. We started brightly enough against a Cove said that as the game progressed played much better against us than many other teams we have played this season which belied their lowly position.
In the first half we created many opportunities that resulted in goals for Shane and Evers, with Shane particularly showing some delightful footwork, although on another day both could have had a hat-trick. It was still only 2-0 at half time mainly due to some great saves by their keeper and some desperate defending.
Although in the second half we put them under a lot of pressure our shooting and finishing left much to be desired and as the game wore on it encouraged Cove to start passing the ball from the back to midfield and through to the forwards and started to dominate midfield, but fortunately their finishing let them down.
However all that said even with a tepid second half display we gained another three important points to pull away from Ashford in our quest for the title; as they say winning ugly is still winning. and everyone went home happy. Up the Row
On a personal note, it saddens me to hear that we will not move up a league due to the intransigence of the
league panel in wanting such vast improvements to our
village ground. They say in their regs that in a rural setting hedging is fine. Don't we live in a village, which is a rural area, (and I have lived here for 50 years) and to put up fencing all round the ground at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds not only spoils the atmosphere
and openness but takes away the rural setting. Creating turnstiles, and toilets and another small stand, we could do without any problem, but some of these people do not live in the real world. They should spend some time looking at how much effort is put in to running a football club all by unpaid volunteers. I feel sorry for those who have put in such hard work for the success it has achieved on and off the pitch this year. But we will carry on as we have for over 100 years to find the means to improve not only the surroundings but the pitch itself.
Hartley Wintney we love you!!!