Villa fall to Hartley Wintney

Hanworth Villa

  • Sam Merson (89′ pen)

Hartley Wintney

  • Mason Obeng (11′)
  • Jayden Smith (69′)
  • Jayden Smith (90′)

We took on Hartley Wintney who, prior to the game, sat one point ahead of us in the table. On the previous weekend they’d hit five against Binfield with five separate scorers – for this game they overcame us with just two.

Although management made it clear that this was no excuse it was a matter of fact we were without some key players with George Wells, Kyen Nicholas and Guy Ansah-Palmer, essentially the spine of the team out of action.

On the night Hartley Wintney played some fast attacking football and were deserved winners. However in the latter stages of the game we got a goal back and looked on course to get an equaliser. In the final minute, with our keeper Gary Ross up for a corner, our opponents broke and scored into his empty net in what looked like an offside goal. Despite howls of protests from fans and players alike the ref stood by his decision and the goal stood. An unsatisfactory end to a very chilly night at Rectory Meadow.