United Counties League
Wellingborough Whitworth 0
Harrowby United 3
A depleted Harrowby United side returned from struggling Wellingborough Whitworth with a comfortable three points.
With seven players unavailable, the result was a credit to the squad with a couple of players having to adapt to unaccustomed roles.
Harrowby started the game strongly with the home side looking side to threaten on the break. Lee Baxter, in the Flourmen’s goal, was the star of the show for Whitworth and made a number of fine saves throughout the game. The first was after nine minutes when he blocked a Lee Shaw effort with his legs. Shaw had another good chance when he worked his way into the penalty area, beating two defenders before shooting just wide.
The Arrows took the lead after 26 minutes when a corner whipped in from the right by Bobby Lee was not dealt with by the home defence, allowing Sam Hill to slide in and force the ball home from a couple of yards out.
Three minutes later, Craig Wilson fired in a shot from the edge of the area which was well saved by Baxter. Arrows custodian Jack Drury was called into action two minutes before the break when he had to dive full length to turn a goalbound effort round the post. From the resulting corner, Whitworth thought they were hard done by when a powerful shot through a crowd of players struck the crossbar. The home side were convinced it was deflected by the outstretched arm of Arrows skipper for the day, Sam Kirton.
Harrowby doubled their lead two minutes into the second half when a good shot from Wilson was well saved by Baxter. The ball fell kindly for Luke Peberdy who calmly stroked home.
Two minutes before the hour mark, Shaw crossed from the right and Hill grabbed his second goal as he stooped low to nod the ball home from close range.
Shaw was denied the goal he deserved for his endeavour all afternoon when he dragged a shot inches past the post inside the last 10 minutes.
Harrowby introduce two 16-year-oldd from the bench, Callum Atkinson making his debut followed by Billy Gray for his second substitute appearance of the season.
United had a couple of chances late in the game, Wilson shooting too close to the keeper after good work from Shaw, and Lee firing wide from just outside the box.
Harrowby United’s man of the match was Sam Hill.
Harrowby United: Drury, Neaverson, Vorley, Jaques, Hill, Kirton (c), Peberdy (Gray, 86), Lee, Preston (Atkinson, 82), Shaw, Wilson. Subs: Daykin, Mayes, Hotchin.