Harrowby United defeated in return to match action

Lee Harper was Harrowby United's man of the match. Photo: Craig Whyley
Lee Harper was Harrowby United's man of the match. Photo: Craig Whyley
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United Counties League

Premier Division

Eynesbury Rovers 5

Harrowby United 3

Harrowby returned to action, their previous three games having fallen foul of the weather, with a trip to the outskirts of St Neots in Cambridgeshire to play Eynesbury Rovers.

The Arrows’ dismal away form looked about to come to end after a promising start but their hopes were dashed as Rovers ran out winners.

Scott Webb shot wide after only five minutes as the Arrows started the game well. A minute later, they took the lead when, after a good build-up, a ball was played through to Ryan Tittensor who took advantage of an unfortunate slip from defender Dan Woodhead to compose himself and slot the ball accurately past Rovers keeper Jamie Chamberlain.

The goal jolted the home side into life and they exerted pressure on a makeshift Harrowby back four, missing several good chances to equalise in the opening quarter of an hour.

The sustained pressure was rewarded in the 17th minute when a cross into the area was headed goalwards by Coles, the ball striking the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down and out. The assistant referee was in a good position and immediately signalled that the ball had crossed the line and referee Mr Boules awarded the goal.

After 25 minutes, the home side went in front when a long ball over the top was picked up by Jordan Nicholson who rounded Drury and shot home from a tight angle.

Ten minutes before the interval, a through-ball was latched on to by Lee Bassett who shrugged off the attention of Sam Hill before rounding Drury and shooting from a tight angle on the right. Hill recovered well and cleared the ball from the Harrowby goal line.

United began the second half brightly and equalised in the 56th minute, although somewhat fortuitously as Lee Shaw’s cross-cum-shot should have been dealt with comfortably by Chamberlain but the Rovers keeper let the ball over his head, through his hands and into the net.

Both teams then had opportunities – Tom Potts saw an acrobatic overhead effort clear the bar and Drury did well to tip over a headed effort from Coles.

Eynesbury regained the lead after 72 minutes when another long ball over the top from Alex Marsh saw Bassett spring Harrowby’s offside trap before taking the ball on and shooting low past Drury.

Rovers’ fourth goal came from Nicholson, who had twice been denied by Drury in the preceding spell, before on 82 minutes the Arrows high line was again breached as Nicholson raced on to a through-ball before finishing with an exquisite chip over the advancing Drury.

Two minutes from time, Nicholson completed his hat trick when he again burst through, although this time appeared to be offside. The flag never came and Nicholson slotted home for his first hat trick for Eynesbury.

Harrowby notched a consolation goal three minutes into stoppage time when a fine run down the right from Harrowby’s man of the match Liam Harper ended when he pulled the ball back into the path of Shaw who smashed in his second of the game.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Clarke, Hill, Bolland, Webb, Potts, Harper, Watson (Daykin, 84), Shaw, Tittensor (Weatherstone, 64).