United Counties League
Northampton ON Chenecks 0
Harrowby United 2
Harrowby United had to produce an excellent all-round team performance to secure victory on Saturday.
In a physical encounter, the Arrows got off to a great start and opened their account after 10 minutes. From a corner on the right, Kahmeel Spence’s header was tipped on to the crossbar by Chenecks goalkeeper Janis Lauskinieks. Sam Hill’s follow-up was blocked but fell nicely to Martin Wormall who fired home for his 21st goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Chenecks sprung the Arrows offside trap but keeper Jack Drury came to the rescue with a fine save.
The home side were very direct with their approach play and from one of many high balls into the penalty area, Justin MacKenzie’s mishit shot was saved on the goal line by Drury.
The Arrows should have doubled their lead after 23 minutes when a free kick found its way to Jack Whyley who squared the ball inside to Hill. Hill, with more time than he thought, rushed his shot and fired wide of the left hand post with the goal at his mercy.
Three minutes later, the Arrows created another good chance when Wormall threaded a nice pass through to Bobby Lee whose shot was well saved by Lauskiniek, the tall keeper getting down well to block with his legs.
Just after the half hour mark, Arrows man-of-the-match Drury was again called into action. Another cross into the box was headed out by Spence only as far as Ash Ogden. His shot from the edge of the area was superbly tipped over the bar by the Arrows custodian. At the other end, 10 minutes before the break, Arrows fullback John Currall tried his luck from distance and saw the ball just dip the wrong side of the crossbar.
Chenecks started the second half well with a busy Harrowby back four of Currall, Spence, Whyley and Sam Kirton having to deal with a with a constant aerial bombardment. The Arrows always looked dangerous on the counter, and a neat one-two between substitute Jamie Preston and Wormall set the latter through for a one-on-one opportunity which was well dealt with by Lauskiniek, diving to save at Wormall’s feet.
The second goal came after 75 minutes when a good ball out from Preston found Wormall with space out on the left. The Arrows striker cleverly switched play to find Luke Peberdy. The Harrowby wide man carried the ball into the Chenecks penalty area, drawing the keeper before coolly slotting past him and into the net.
Three minutes later, another free kick into the box found Hill who was unlucky to see his shot cleared off the line by Northampton skipper Joe Lewington.
Ten minutes from time, Chenecks thought they had pulled a goal back when a cross from the left was headed goalwards by substitute Adam Hancock, bringing an outstanding point blank reaction save from Drury.
The Arrows saw out the remaining time to secure the points and maintain second position in the division with four games left to play.
Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Kirton, Spence, Whyley, Peberdy (Weatherstone, 84), Hill, Jaques (Warner, 83), Bolland (c), Lee (Preston, 65), Wormall.