Hartley score four and their 50th of the season as they run out 4-0 winners
In a relatively even first half in wet and windy conditions, chances were few and far between. The weather played a role in the limited chances that were created on Hartley's part and certainly aided Westfield. There were a number of goalmouth scrambles but due to some robust defending from the Hartley back four, Westfield failed to get a shot away.
A disputable own goal claimed Hartley's 50th goal of the league campaign as 'The Row' won against a stubborn Westfield side.
Hartley created a couple of chances of their own. Battling against the wind, it was becoming increasingly difficult to advance up the pitch with any real authority. A notable chance came from an intelligent pass from Aaron Parfitt who reversed the play and picked out Adam Everiss, who opened up his body and delivered a whipped cross but we couldn't convert.
Toby went close with a header as he latched on to a cross from Adam Everiss from the left hand side. Half Time 0-0.
There was a relative state of calm at half time, we knew the conditions were having an impact on the game. We needed to remain patient and gain confidence from the knowledge, that now, the weather would become an advantage. There was also a subtle change from our starting position in a bid to regain the ball a little higher up the pitch. Westfield were proving to be a combative and stubborn side to break down, but we knew we'd create chances in the second half - with the goalscoring abilities we have throughout the squad, we remained confident.
It took just inside of 10 minutes of the second half for Hartley to take the lead. Argent fired off a shot that was well saved by the Westfield keeper but Julian Sills was the quickest to react and followed up with the rebound.
It was only three minutes later when Hartley doubled their lead with the goal of the afternoon. A lovely link up between Hollamby and Jones led to a beautifully crafted lofted pass over the back four by Jonah, and Argent lunged forward, caught the ball on the volley and tucked it inside the post.
Substitute, Zac Horkan, made an almost immediate impact as he's done so on so many occasions already this season. He drove down the wing following a neat pass from Hollamby and, upon reaching the byline, pulled the ball back to Jonah who finished superbly.
It was minute 71 when Hartley scored their 50th goal of the league campaign. There is some doubt as to whether Liam Eagle finished it or it was an own goal. Liam has certainly claimed it, but the boys are not so sure. Either way, it nestled into the front post from a corner.
With 15 minutes to go youth product, Louie Paget, was introduced to the fold at left back replacing Tom Walsh. Louie has already represented the first team on a couple of occasions this season but this was his first introduction into a league game. Louie once again played with great confidence and linked up well with Adam Everiss. Great to see him having the confidence to push forward and create overloads in the right areas. Full Time 4-0.
This was a very good win, especially off the back of the disappointing midweek draw at Bedfont. We still have a number of gears we can shift through but to win 4-0 against a very good Westfield side is fantastic. In all honesty, the scoreline probably flatters us and is not a true reflection of the quality within the Westfield side, but we were clinical in the second half.
It's great that we had four different scorers, including two defenders and a midfielder. We carry a threat in all areas of the pitch and from all the way across the squad, remembering we were without the absent Cook and Duff who between them have over 30 goals in all competitions. We face a tough test in Epsom & Ewell on Tuesday evening, possibly our toughest of the season - we can take plenty of confidence going into the game but absolutely no complacency. Bring a brolly. [DB]