Salisbury 1 Hartley 3

Post by VINTY - 17-08-2022, 11:08

BLOODY BRILLIANT A pulsating start by a rampaging Hartley side frightened the life out of Salisbury, as in the first half minute of the start an Akers shot was blocked and Kyen Nicholas blasted in the rebound.

We were all over the Salisbury defence and within five minutes another Akers strike found the net -- 2 up after 5 minutes - unheard of. We could have had a couple more in the first 15 minutes, when we were top dogs, but for their goalie sticking out a leg to save them.

Salsibury were allowed to get back in the game due to some slack marking and after that it was end to end stuff with both sides having chances, before a great run and cross from Leggett was hammered home by Kyen to restore our two goal lead, immediately followed by a great save by their keeper to deny Cooksley a fourth.

3-1 at half time and everyone had to pause for breath - one of
the best opening halves seen from Hartley for a long time.

Naturally, Salisbury as expected put on the pressure in the
second half, but for long periods the Hartley defence stood firm and we continued to attack, cause problems, and have shots saved or just go wide, especially with Leggett roaming up and down the wing.

We had one very clear chance to put the game to bed when Emmanuel burst through on a one-on-one with the keeper but scooped his shot over the bar when he could have rounded the keeper (which alas in modern day football
they don't seem to do anymore). But that is me being petty when the whole side stood up to be counted and thoroughly deserved a fantastic win. Newcomer Freddie Grant had a fine debut, but my man of the match was Tom Leggett for both his defensive and attacking virtues.

One win does not make a season, but it was wonderful to watch, especially after firing blanks in the first two games, aided by the flak given by our small band of supporters behind their goal. I expect the management team are relieved they have got their first points of the season to take some of the pressure off them, and so they should be.

Big game this Saturday against Hayes and a chance to hopefully capitalise on the enterprising way we played tonight. Need a big crowd to get behind us. UP THE ROW.