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Metropolitan Police
Hartley Wintney
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division South Full time

Empathic Blues put 5 past Hartley Wintney

A brilliant second half from the Blues proved too much for the visitors as the Blues turned up the heat in the race for top spot.

Report by James Macpherson

Met police focused on continuing their brilliant season as they face Hartley Wintney in this league fixture. Going back to November blues had a comfortable 4-1 win away from home against Hartley.

Blues started off quite comfortably with an early attack that was poorly cleared by Duff to Mazzone who turned and shot wide of the post.

Blues had another excellent chance after Jack Mazzone just cut into the box to have his shot parried away by Desbois.

The sloppy foul from King for blues gifted Hartley a penalty that was calmly pushed out by Schotterl only to be blasted home by Ridge.

Blues didn't take long to grab the equaliser after a corner from Knight was turned in by the head of Mazzone.

Half time: Met police 1-1 Hartley Wintney

Blues had an early chance after the break as the phenomenal link-up play between Blackmore and Mazzone gave Blackmore a shot that was palmed out by Desbois.

The lead was finally claimed by blues when the cross of Ollie Knight gave Blackmore a glancing header that gave the keeper no chance.

Blues grabbed another minutes after the second when the corner from Knight was poked home by Ollie Robinson after a scramble in the box.

Blues dominantly created chances but Hartley were saved by a series of saves by Desbois, otherwise, the score could've been higher.

Blues looked in a very good position after claiming a fourth, after Mazzone's pass to Knight gave a low cross to Blackmore who planted the ball into the roof of the net.

Hartley through back a fight after Parker weaved his way through only to have his top corner shot saved by the hand of Schotterl.

Blues have really finished Hartley after they grasped a fifth, just after debut maker Kelvin Karanja put a powerful cross in only to be controlled by Murdoch and placed in the top corner.

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Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Premier Division South results

Basingstoke Town
2
2
Beaconsfield Town
0
0
Hendon
Dorchester Town
0
2
Poole Town
0
2
Farnborough
Kings Langley
3
1
Staines Town
Salisbury
3
4
Weymouth
Swindon Supermarine
0
4
Frome Town
2
2
Merthyr Town
Walton Casuals
2
2
Chesham United
Wimborne Town
1
1
Taunton Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Taunton Town 30 62
2. Weymouth 29 56
3. Salisbury 29 56
4. Metropolitan Police 28 54
5. Poole Town 31 51
6. Harrow Borough 30 45
7. Merthyr Town 29 45

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