Jordan Edwards scored a freekick goal as Hartley Wintney claimed all three points against Dorchester Town in a match between two relegation-haunted teams.

With many players unavailable for a number of reasons the Row welcomed back to the club striker Mikey Campbell. In central defence Shane Hollomby had his first full start for around 12 months and was partnered by 18 year old Toby Neville who is on loan from the Exeter City Academy and lives in Hook.

Dorchester started the better and on 3 minutes a move down the right created a chance for Sam Bayston who saw his effort from a tight angle saved by Row keeper Luke Williams. Hartley had their first attempt on 11 minutes when a long throw from Ryan Case found Mikey Campbell whose off taget shot found Shane Hollomby who fired over. On 16 minutes Alfie Stanley for the Magpies created space for himself coming in from the left and his parting shot was saved by the well positioned Williams. The match became a midfield battle with both defences dominating.

Hartley went ahead on 38 minutes after the award of a free kick some 25 yards from goal. Jordan Edwards took the kick and his goal bound shot took a slight deflection leaving Jack Bycroft in the Magpies goal with no chance.

After the break the Row almost increased the lead when Lucias Vine and Reece Wylie combined well down the left on 55 minutes. The low cross from the latter just eluded inrushing Edwards. The Row had an edge and on 59 minutes Harry Cooksley created space for himself and watched as his shot from 18 yards was deflected wide.

Dorchester pushed for an equaliser but we're unable to fashion a clear cut chance with Williams in the Hartley goal largely untested until 75 minutes when he was well positioned to save a header from Harry Mc Grath.

Into added time and Hartley who had the edge for most of the match had two final chances. A fast break down the right saw a cross from Reece Placid which found Kofi Halliday who directed his header wide. The Cooksley showed skill and set up Edwards who shot wide.

Hartley will be relieved to get this fixture behind them. The match was not a classic but the result was important for both teams. An all-round good battling team performance from the Row. Special mentions must go to the Shane Hollomby and Toby Neville pairing as centre backs. Hollomby lasted 70 minutes which was longer than most expected. Toby Neville had an assured game winning many important challenges. Certainly one to look out for when he resumes his football career with Exeter City.