Eight-goal thriller turns into nightmare for Harrowby United

Marking 'Football Remembers' week, Harrowby United and Long Buckby pictured together before the match.
Marking 'Football Remembers' week, Harrowby United and Long Buckby pictured together before the match.
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United Counties League

Premier Division

Harrowby United 3

Long Buckby 5

An eight-goal thriller at the Environcom Stadium turned into a nightmare for Harrowby United as the visitors from Northamptonshire picked up their first win of the season.

A group photograph of the two teams was taken prior to kick-off to mark ‘Football Remembers’ week, commemorating the centenary of the 1914 Christmas truce.

Harrowby created the game’s first chance inside the opening minute when a long clearance forward from goalkeeper Jack Drury found its way to Martin Wormall out on the left. He cut inside and fired a cross-cum-shot across the goal which eluded Lee Shaw, arriving at the far post by inches.

After five minutes, the visitors took the lead when a break down the left resulted in a cross which found its way across the six-yard box and was emphatically finished by Ed Kostiuk at the far post.

Three minutes later, another cross from the left caused a scramble in the Arrows penalty area. Jack Whyley blocked an initial shot but the ball fell kindly for Muzi Ndlovu-Nduna who made no mistake, converting from six yards out.

Harrowby lost Whyley to a hamstring injury after just 10 minutes, replaced by Billy Stubbs who was returning from injury himself.

The Arrows fired back into the game after 18 minutes when a ball into the area found Wormall whose blocked shot was picked up by Shaw. He rocketed home through a crowd of players, the ball taking a slight deflection on its way in.

Long Buckby were committed to attacking in numbers and always a threat. After 35 minutes, Drury saved well, diving low to his right hand post to save an effort from Nkosi Mzungwana.

A minute later, Harrowby contributed to their own downfall when they conceded possession cheaply from a free kick. On the break, Buckby quickly got the ball up to Kostiuk whose shot was saved by Drury. Mzungwana picked up the loose ball and fed Ndlovu-Nduna who had the simple task of stroking the ball into an empty net.

Wormall pulled one back three minutes later when he collected a ball forward from Lewis Watson, carried it into the area and fired a shot past Ryan Merry in the Buckby goal.

Harrowby started the second half well and after a minute levelled the scores. Wormall crossed the ball from the left and Scott Webb timed his run well to arrive late and shoot home at the far post.

But the home side were only on equal terms for five minutes. Mzungwana, who had tormented the Harrowby defence all afternoon, produced a fine cross which was headed home unchallenged by Amadeus Clements.

A few seconds later, another shot went narrowly wide of Drury’s goal.

Buckby added their fifth to ensure victory 12 minutes from time when Harrowby again gave away the ball, inviting a break which Ndlovu-Nduna finished, firing home from inside the area with Drury stranded.

Harrowby did created one final late chance with a shot from Shaw but it was comfortably saved by Merry to compound a miserable afternoon.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Watson, Hill, Whyley (Stubbs, 10), Parker (Clarke, 61), Peberdy (Potts, 69), Bolland, Webb, Wormall (c), Shaw. Sub not used: Weatherstone.