|A hart, a Hampshire rose and some recycling bins at Hartley Wintney FC.|
Could The Row trash The Bash? Could they go further in the cup than they ever had done before? It was time to find out...
|Come and support your local team on its historic cup run! An A4 notice pinned to a tree in Hartley Wintney village.|
Hartley Wintney FC (0) 1 v (0) 0 Bashley FC
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Saturday 17th September 2011
Programme: £1 (Outstanding. The best I've seen at a step 6 club by a country mile. Original content and imagination. Copy/pasting from the league website at a minimum. I can imagine the players enjoy reading this, thus it could actually help to create and maintain team spirit. The editors obviously like both making this programme and keeping their splendid website up-to-date. PDF copies of several of their programmes can be seen here)
Club shop: No, but enamel badges for sale at £3 each behind the bar.
Colours: Orange / black / orange v White / blue / blue
National Grid reference: SU7656
|Thunder and lightning, very very frightening (lightning not shown in this photo).|
|The hanging baskets on the patio looked splendid when the sun came out.|
The duck house is obviously a good thing, but the human houses for sale in the estate agents would cost me around three lifetime's-worth of income, so I can't see myself living there any time soon. Never mind.
|The Bashley bench looking pensive.|
By the way, do you know the difference between a hart and a stag? I do (but only because I looked it up): a hart is a male red deer, whereas a stag is a generic name for the male of any deer species. So now you know too!
|A Hartley Wintney shot goes harmlessly wide.|
I also don't know if it was the rain being a great leveller, but it soon became apparent that Bashley weren't at their best in the first half. They had chances - more chances than Hartley - but they were shooting as if they were wearing wellies instead of football boots. Everything went either wide of the goal or straight at Hartley's tremendous young goalkeeper.
|Bashley fans in the rain.|
|Hartley cock-a-hoop at the final whistle; Bashley despondent.|
Bash's stags vanquished. Fifty miles home, licking their bloody wounds. Hartley Wintney's players retired to one of the restaurants in the village with their £3,000 prize money, and partied the night away with caviar canapes and a jeroboam of best bubbly...Okay, considering the FA Cup's sponsors are Budweiser, it was more likely to be a crate of lager and a selection of crisps and peanuts, but you never know.
|Hartley Wintney's new 113-seater stand.|
I'm enjoying following the early rounds of the cup, so I hope to be at another match in two weeks time. But where?