Basingstoke born Sam Argent will be 22 this October. He was with Southampton B (Southampton FC's Academy) before being given a contract with Southampton FC in July 2010. Sam had seemed destined to go on and make appearances for the south coast side but was suprisingly released after just one season, at age 19, and joined Conference Premier side Hayes & Yeading FC for the 2011-12 season, playing 18 games for them in the Conference and FA Trophy.
While having played in defensive positions with Southampton, he played as a striker for Whitchurch United last season (2012-13), his 18 goals helping them achieve promotion to the Wessex Premier Division. Well known to the Hartley Wintney Manager, Ben Dillon, he signed Sam in the closed season, adding to an already impressive squad.
Hartley Wintney FC play in the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division at step 5 in the national football pyramid, alongside clubs such as Windsor, Alton Town, Wembley and Croydon. The quality of play, dedication and skill at this level may surprise anyone who hasn't witnessed a game, and there is a connection and rapore between fans and players which simply isn't possible at the professional level of the game.
It may also surprise many to know that Hartley had already played in two rounds of this season's FA Cup by the end of August, beating Kidlington 5-2 after a replay and Badshot Lea 3-2 in a pulsating away Preliminary Round cup tie in which Hartley were reduced to 10 men but still went on to win, with Sam scoring a memorable hat-trick. He continued his goalscoring form with two goals a week later (7th September) when Hartley Wintney visited Flackwell Heath in the FA Vase and won 4-1.
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