Hanwell Town 2-1 Potters Bar Town
By Clive Cooke
Hanwell Through in the FA CUP
SATURDAY 8TH. SEPTEMBER 2018.
THE EMIRATES F.A. CUP, 1ST. QUALIFYING ROUND.
HANWELL TOWN (1) 2 V. 1 (0) POTTERS BAR TOWN.
A bigger than usual crowd made their way to the Powerday Stadium for what turned out to be a tense but ultimately triumphant F.A. cup tie for the ‘Toon’. Managers Chris Moore and Wayne Carter fielded a side showing five changes, some forced, from the team that lost unluckily at FC Romania last week. The result reflected their acumen!
Hanwell had begun on the front foot against their opponents from one step higher up the non-league pyramid and Jack Waldren’s deep cross, following on from a corner, had visiting ‘keeper Berkley Laurencin at full stretch to tip it over for a repeat. Then Harvey Killeen made himself some space but his shot was easily collected by the aforementioned Laurencin. As the ten minute mark approached Potters Bar twice put pressure on the Hanwell defence. In both cases Hanwell custodian Aaron Bufton was called upon to fist the ball away under severe duress. The first was from a long-range free kick by Michael Murray and the second from Billy Adcock’s follow-up cross.
The visitors were getting on top as the half progressed, going particularly close to scoring when Aaron was called on to make a double save. He first got down well to save from Dernell Wynter and then, with the help of Keiron Cathside, scrambled the ball away as Sandro Fernandes closed in. Hanwell had their moments however and Charlie Barton went close with a long-range free kick. On the half hour Bar’s free kick specialist Murray beat the wall from just outside the area but his drive cannoned off the inside of the post and was scrambled away to safety.
The game was becoming somewhat fragmented as half-time approached and frustration led to one or two players on each side rightly falling foul of the referee. However, just as the early-bird spectators were moving towards the pavilion to be at the front of the queue for refreshments, Hanwell scored a tremendous goal in added-on time. Skipper Olly Duffy did well to win a header on the edge of the area against the visitors’ aerially dominant rear-guard. He found Tom Collins who laid it back to Dean McDonnell just outside the area. All those supporters still in the ‘Bob Fisher Stand’ were then perfectly positioned to watch Dean’s shot bend into the far, top corner. What a goal!
Many of the ‘Toon’ supporters were still talking about the goal as the second half began. Could the underdogs hang on to the narrow advantage? After five minutes the answer was a negative. The ever-dangerous Wynter dribbled towards the area from wide right and shot from distance. On the way to the goal there was a slight deflection which helped the ball elude Aaron and curl into the top corner. A couple of minutes later central defender James Budden headed over from a corner when he looked odds-on to score. Almost immediately Harry Tamplin was called upon to get his head to the ball when a free kick across the six yard box needed just a deflection to put it into the net. On the hour that man Murray hit a low screamer narrowly wide from twenty-five yards. Hanwell’s rear-guard, supported by the defensive midfielders, was doing well to prevent any clear-cut chances in the area being created.
Imedd Kartita was sent on from the bench to provide fresh legs in midfield but Hanwell only rarely got out of their own half. Tom Collins did make one strong run, laying the ball off to Olly, whose shot from distance went wide. With fifteen minutes of normal time to play Hanwell scored what was to prove to be the winner. Keiron began the move with a strong run from defence, laying the ball off to Harvey. The wide man played the ball into the path of Calum Duffy’s clever run. To the noisy delight of the ‘Hanwell Massive’ behind the goal Calum drove the ball low across the ‘keeper into the far corner. The rest of the game was somewhat scrappy and, despite greater possession, the Scholars only went close to an equalizer once, when substitute George Nicholas whistled a shot narrowly over.
Over five minutes were added on to the ninety, but with Tom Duffy, Harry ‘et al’ standing firm Town held out. The roar of pleasure and relief emitted by the Hanwell faithful when the whistle was finally blown could possibly have been heard on Horsenden Hill! Town can now look forward to hearing the draw for the second qualifying round of the F.A. Cup for the fourth year in a row.
TEAM: 1.Aaron Bufton 2.Keiron Cathline 3.Jack Waldren 4.Olly Duffy © 5.Tom Duffy 6.Harry Tamplin 7.Harvey Killeen 8.Calum Duffy 9.Tom Collins (14.Gareth Chendlik 87)10.Charlie Barton (12.Imedd Kartita 56) 11.Dean McDonnell (18.Ahmed Elsabih 72). Unused substitutes: 15.Tyler Christian-Law 16.Arsen Ujkaj 17.Glenn Yala 19.Andrew O’Brien.