FOOTBALL: Harrowby United lose opening game in final minute

United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 2

Northampton Sileby Rangers 3

IT was heartbreak for the Arrows after they conceded a last minute goal against one of the title favourites, condemning them to defeat in their first game back in the UCL.

It all started so well when Wormall and Harper swapped passes and the former was brought down in the box. Harper duly tucked the penalty away.

Sileby really stepped up a gear and with Harrowby guilty of giving the ball away, the visiting side were well on top.

The game changed when a handball on the line by Firman resulted in a sending off and a successful penalty for Sileby. The visitors added to their score from a well-taken free kick, giving Drury no chance.

Harrowby made it to half time only a goal down and the 10 men put on a positive display in the second half, giving Sileby something of a scare.

United were always in the game and with man-of-the-match Jack whyley outstanding at the heart of the defence, Sileby found themselves struggling to find a third goal.

With time running out, Harrowby were awarded a second penalty which Harper smashed home to bring the Arrows level.

Harrowby looked to have earned a point but Sileby snatched victory with the last kick of the game.

Harrowby are hoping to notch their first win at Olney Town tomorrow (Saturday) and hope to have skipper Mat Hodgkin and Simon Bolland back in action.

Friendly

South Witham 2

Ropsley 3

ROPSLEY came from two behind to defeat South Witham in a pre-season friendly after an action-packed second half featuring five goals and a missed penalty.

A largely incident free first half ended goalless before South Witham took the lead from a long-distance free kick. Shaun Coupland took the kick and lobbed flailing goalkeeper Neil Graham, who was caught off his line, from fully 35 yards.

South Witham doubled their lead when a back post corner was headed home by Shane Coupland.

Ropsley had a great chance to level when Rich Healey was fouled in the box as he tried to convert a back post cross. Keeper and penalty specialist Graham saw his match go from bad to worse after he skipped the length of the field to take the spot kick – only to send it high and wide.

Ropsley eventually hit back midway through the second half. Central midfielder Healey won the ball and slung a cross to the back post where it was turned into the net for an own goal.

Healey brought Ropsley level when he played a one-two before finishing low into the bottom corner.

The comeback was complete when striker Tom Parrish took the ball down the right before smashing the ball into the far bottom corner to spare his goalkeeper’s blushes and secure an unlikely win.