United Counties League
Raunds Town 0
Harrowby United 1
Harrowby United travelled to a blustery Kiln Park and inflicted Raunds to their first defeat in 13 games on home soil on Tuesday night.
The Arrows got off to a good start and took the lead after only six minutes. Jack Whyley, playing in an unaccustomed central midfield position, threaded a fine ball through for Lee Shaw. He gathered the ball, turned inside a defender and fired past Chris Jones in the Raunds goal and into the corner of the net.
Harrowby created other chances to go further ahead. A left wing cross into the box was met by Sam Weatherstone who was unable to get any power on to a header on goal, and Whyley shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the box. Bobby Lee forced a save from Jones after 38 minutes with a shot from a free kick.
The first chance of the second half came two minutes in when Shaw shot from the right edge of the penalty area was deflected behind for a corner. Two minutes later a good run from Liam Harper ended with a shot which Jones fumbled out for a corner.
Raunds responded well and pressed Harrowby back for large parts of the remaining 40 minutes without causing Jack Drury in the United goal too many problems.
The home side might have felt aggrieved 10 minutes from time when they appealed for a penalty kick, although Sam Hill’s tackle appeared to be perfectly timed and referee Mr Chapps was in agreement and only awarded a corner kick.
The Shopmates’ best chance of an equaliser came five minutes from time when Luke Stevens got in behind the Arrows defence but his shot lacked power and was comfortably saved by Drury.
Harrowby saw out the remaining minutes to secure the points and keep their promotion push on track.
Harrowby United man of the match was Simon Bolland.
Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Preston, Hill, Spence, Lee (Peberdy, 86), Whyley (Wilcocks, 83), Bolland (c), Weatherstone (Webb, 56), Harper, Shaw. Subs not used: Davies, Andersen.