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Hartley Wintney look to progress in FA Cup
CAMBERLEY Town stand between Hartley Wintney and a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup this weekend.
The village side will be looking to progress beyond the first qualifying round of the competition for the second time in three seasons when they host their local rivals on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Both teams play their football in the Combined Counties League Premier Division so it should be a close encounter. Hartley sit fifth after making a strong start to the season, while Camberley are down in 14th.
Ben Dillon was in the team that shocked Southern League Bashley at the same stage of the competition two years ago and he wants to repeat the feat as manager of the club.
“I was a player at the club when we went on a good run under Neville Roach a couple of years ago,” Dillon said. “If we can win on Saturday we will be one game away from equalling where we got to that year and hopefully we can do it.
“Camberley will be a tough test because they have improved their side over the summer and it should be a good game. Anything can happen in the FA Cup and we are ready for a battle.”
Dillon will be without star striker Sam Argent, who is at a family wedding this weekend, but the manager remains confident that his side can progress.
“Sam will be missed because he is such a good player but we can still get through,” Dillon added. “It is a blow but we have got Ryan Stephens and Shane Hollamby, and I can play if needed, so there is plenty of firepower.”
After the excitement of Saturday’s cup tie, Hartley return to league action on Tuesday, hosting Mole Valley (kick-off 7.45pm).
Following that, they have a trip to Bracknell Town in the FA Vase, a tie secured thanks to a 4-1 win at Flackwell Heath in the previous round last weekend.
Shane Hollamby fired an excellent free-kick into the top corner of the Flackwell Heath net to open the scoring and an own-goal doubled the lead, a home player accidentally turning the ball in after Argent had hit the post.
Hartley conceded a sloppy goal just before half-time but another own-goal restored the two-goal cushion after the break and Argent’s goal rounded off the win.
Dillon said: “Overall, it was a good performance. We always looked like winning and while we were disappointed with the goal we let in, other than that it was all good.”
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