Hartpury 5-0 Cardiff Medics
Hartpury welcomed Cardiff Medics for their first cup match of the season. The playing surface was heavy, although there was very little wind and the temperature was low. Hartpury kicked off the game and moved the ball forwards very quickly into the danger area, Fower held the ball up well and had a couple of chances, and Pricter went close with a strike at goal. It took 11 minutes for the home side to take the lead. Broome got forward down the right hand side, and played the ball into Dingri, who returned the pass to Broome who delivered a teasing ball across the 6 yard box for the late arriving Harry Etheridge to tap in.
The home side continued to control the game and the visitors rarely got out of their own half. Despite controlling the game and launching wave after wave of attacks, it wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Hartpury grabbed their second. Gates won a header just inside the Hartpury half, Fower pounced on the loose ball and brought it down beautifully before firing the ball cross field to Pricter who found Broome to finish the move with a well struck driven shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Following half-time, Hartpury settled a little bit, and the game was played at a slower tempo, however the home side were every bit as penetrating in what was turning out to be a one sided affair. On 52 minutes Harry Etheridge lost his marker well and switched the ball into Fower, who cushioned the ball off his body and into his path to watch his dink go over the onrushing goalkeeper and bounce into the empty net, 3-0.
There was no respite for the visitors as Hartpury added their fourth of the afternoon just four minutes later. Broome picked the ball up 10 yards inside his own half and skipped past two challenges before playing into Gates who beat his man and bullied his way between two challenges to hammer home from the edge of the box.
It was a further six minutes before Hartpury completed their rout; substitute Max Etheridge made an instant impact when he span off his marker and with his first touch of the game squared the ball to brother Harry Etheridge to score his second and Hartpury’s fifth of the afternoon.
A commanding performance by Hartpury and realistically the score could have been much heavier, the ball was moved quickly and into good areas, but against stronger teams it will be imperative to be more clinical in front of goal.