United Counties League
Peterborough Northern Star 3
Harrowby United 2
Peterborough Northern Star completed the league double over Harrowby United by the odd goal in five on a blustery afternoon in Cambridgeshire.
The afternoon started well for the Arrows as, after some initial early pressure from a very direct PNS, they took the lead after six minutes.
A throw-in from the right found skipper Martin Wormall in the PNS penalty area. A defensive challenge on the Harrowby hitman saw the ball knocked out to the edge of the box as far as Tom Potts. The midfielder took the shot early and his sweet right foot effort kept low and found the bottom right hand corner of the net for his first goal for the club.
Harrowby always looked a threat on the break and Simon Bolland brought a comfortable save from home keeper Tom Roberts before a fine run from Joe Clarke after 13 minutes ended with a dangerous ball across the six-yard box which PNS full back Jack Barron did well to divert behind for a corner.
PNS persevered with a long ball game and visiting goalkeeper Jack Drury saved well with his feet from Michael Mackrell after 38 eight minutes. A minute later, Harrowby doubled their advantage as a corner was headed out to the edge of the area and brought a repeat performance from Potts, who again rifled a shot into net in the same place as his first effort.
PNS pressed for the remainder of the half and striker Phil Stebbing went closest to reducing the deficit with a header just over the bar from Johnny Clay’s cross into the area.
The second half started with the home side very much in the ascendancy, with a constant bombardment into the Harrowby penalty area. Star hit the post on 47 minutes when Arrows man-of-the match Billy Stubbs headed against his own upright whilst clearing from a dangerous position. From the resulting corner, full back Sam Weatherstone cleared off the line as a goalmouth scramble ensued.
PNS pulled a goal back after 53 minutes when a clearance from Shaun Daykin only found Jorden Macleod out wide on the left. The wide man put the ball back into the danger area and Mackrell back-headed the ball over Drury into far corner of the net.
Just before the hour mark, PNS went close to an equalizsr only to be denied by Drury who dived to push away a rasping sho, with Stubbs making a great block to stop the rebound effort.
PNS levelled with eight minutes remaining when a cross from Mackrell was well headed out by Daykin, but picked up up by Dan Banister who fired right footed past Drury to gain parity.
Harrowby almost regained the lead when a run down the left by Lewis Watson ended with a fine cross in for Wormall whose goalbound effort was superbly deflected up and over the bar by Clay. A couple of minutes later, Wormall played in Watson who took the ball a little too wide before shooting from a tight angle which was well saved by Roberts.
The resulting corner by John Currall was too close to Roberts who caught the ball unchallenged and quickly set PNS off down the right. The ball was moved on to Mcleod who cut inside and, from the apex of the right hand edge of the box, unleashed an unstoppable right foot shot, which gave Drury no chance and put the home side in front for the first time in the game with only two minutes left on the clock.
Star saw out the remaining time comfortably and left the Arrows to rue conceding a late goal yet again to end the game empty-handed.
Harrowby United: Drury, Weatherstone, Clarke, Daykin, Stubbs, Watson, Potts, Bolland, Parker (Currall, 68), Wormall (c), Shaw.