Harrowby United made it four wins on the bounce with a close-fought victory over Buckingham Town.
Chromasports United Counties League
Harrowby United 3
Buckingham Town 2
The opening 20 minutes were evenly contested as both teams struggled to get any grip on the game. Midway though the opening half, Harrowby finally created some good chances. Jack Whyley had a goalbound shot blocked, Scott Webb had a volley well saved by visiting custodian Carl Knox, and Martin Wormall beat two defenders only to poke the ball just past the post.
On the half hour mark, Lee Shaw was put through after good work by Webb and Sam Hill and, after turning a defender, had a shot saved by Knox’s legs. The Arrows had a final chance at the end of the half when Wormall’s header was saved by Knox.
Harrowby came out flying at the start of the second half and scored twice within the first two minutes. The first came after a great run down the right by Shaw resulted in a lay-off to Webb whose pinpoint cross was headed home by Wormall. A minute later, Webb made it 2-0, finishing with a superb volley after a cross from the left by Liam Harper.
Buckingham to their credit did not lie down and reduced the deficit after 49 minutes with a strike from Drew Mitton.
The Arrows were denied a penalty on the hour mark when Harper burst into the area and appeared to be felled by a defender, only for referee Mr Giles to wave away all appeals.
Harrowby continued to create chances and both Shaw and Webb went close, the Webb effort bringing an excellent reaction save from Knox, deflecting the ball on to the crossbar.
Buckingham also had their share of the play and Jack Drury saved with his feet. From the resulting corner, Kyle Stimpson powered home a header to square the game at two apiece.
Harrowby finished the game strongly and Wormall was again denied by Knox after being put in by Webb. After 83 minutes, a strong run from the back by Arrows skipper Matt Hodgkin saw his cross pass agonisingly across the face of Buckingham’s goal, with no-one managing to apply the finishing touch.
Just as the game seemed likely to end in a draw, Harrowby had one last corner in injury time. Wormall rose highest to head past Knox and the defenders on the goal line to give the Arrows all three points.
Harrowby man of the match was Sam Hill.
Harrowby: Drury, Hill, Gibson (Wetherstone), Hodgkin (c), Whyley, Harper (Lee), Bolland, Sheridan, Webb (Preston), Wormall, Shaw.