YOUTH FOOTBALL: Harrowby U14 leave it late to snatch victory

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

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Mid Lincs Youth League

Under-14

Harrowby United 3

Retford United 2

With only six games left to secure the league title in their first season together, Harrowby need to be on top of their game, but unfortunately the young Arrows were somewhat mediocre in this tie against Retford United.

An early missed chance by Marley Okoth and a goal-line clearance by the visitors’ defence were the only notable incidents of the first 20 minutes. Harrowby were simply not on their game, the visitors had the bit between their teeth and constantly winning the second ball and starting to cause the Arrows some problems.

The game sparked into life on 30 minutes when Okoth, making up for his earlier miss, stabbed in the opener much to the relief of team-mates and supporters alike.

The lead lasted all of two minutes,when, after a mix-up between the home keeper and defender, the ball was gifted to a grateful Retford forward who rolled the ball into an empty net.

As the second half began, any chance of a quick resurgence of form for the Arrows was quashed when the visitors went ahead due to yet another lapse of concentration, allowing White to score Retford’s second.

Harrowby continued to press up the field throughout the second period, but the only time they threatened was from a dead ball situation.

Five minutes remained on the clock when coach Simon Down made a position and personnel change and almost immediately man of the match Okoth headed in the equaliser from a well placed cross.

The Young Arrows now had their tails up and amazingly, in the final two minutes, Korban Read smashed in a 20 yarder to win the game, after a very lacklustre United performance.