Harrowby United are undone by dirty dozen

Harrowby United and Eynesbury Rovers shake hands before kick-off on Saturday.
Harrowby United and Eynesbury Rovers shake hands before kick-off on Saturday.
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United Counties League

Premier Division

Eynesbury Rovers 12

Harrowby United 0

Harrowby United endured what must be described as a traumatic afternoon at the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground on Saturday.

The Arrows were on the wrong end of a dirty dozen which created new records for the Huntingdonshire club. They set a record score in their 120-year history and also the game marked the first time three players recorded hat tricks in the same game.

The depleted Arrows squad, again suffering absentees through injury and other distractions, conceded a dreaded early goal when a hopeful ball forward from Rob Ducket was headed over Arrows keeper Chris Bennett by Rhys Thorpe.

Ten minutes later, the lead was doubled when a static Arrows defence were caught out by a quick throw-in to Allen Owen who passed inside to Hayden Bream, who in turn had time to fire a low shot past Bennett.

The third goal arrived in the 18th minute when another through ball-from Rob Ducket released Tom Coles who lobbed an advancing Bennett.

Simon Bolland fired Harrowby’s first attempt wide in the 23rd minute after good work down the left by Scott Floyd.

In their best brief spell in the game, Floyd had a shot deflected into the side netting in the 29th minute. From the resulting corner, Harrowby went closest to scoringwhen Jack Whyley’s header hit his own player, Tino Chavundura on the goal line, before being hacked to safety.

Four minutes later, Thorpe notched his second goal after good work from Owen on the break saw him find the striker with space to roll the ball home. Thorpe completed his hat trick in the 38th minute when he was on hand to tap home the ball after Bennett had done well to save a Coles shot.

Harrowby’s injury jinx struck again two minutes later when Whyley was forced to leave the field with a recurrence of a back injury, replaced by Luke Farmer and a formation shuffle.

After the break, Rovers hit an astonishing five goals in 11 minutes. Jordan Brown fired home in the 50th minute, played in after the Arrows midfield conceded possession cheaply. Two minutes later, Coles tapped home after a cross-cum-shot from Brown came back off the inside of the post for their seventh of the afternoon.

Number eight on 56 minutes saw Coles took advantage of Harrowby failing to clear their lines, lashing home from close range. A minute later Brown carried the ball into the box, rounded Bennett, before slotting home.

Double figures were achieved on the hour mark when Brown completed his hat trick, strolling through a wide open defence before shooting past a helpless Bennett. Coles became the third player to hit a treble when after 77 minutes right back Jake Walton delivered an inch perfect cross for him to head home.

Bennett made a couple of fine saves to prevent further embarrassment before Thorpe helped himself to his fourth of the day and made it a round dozen with a fine back post finish after a deep cross into the Arrows penalty area.

To be fair to the torn-to-pieces Arrows, they put effort in for the whole 90 minutes but caught Rovers in fine form.

The result virtually condemned Harrowby to a second bottom finish and relegation. With six games remaining they will be playing for pride only in the last month of the season.

Harrowby United: Bennett, Eatough, Parker, Currall (c), Whyley (Farmer 40), Floyd, Hickey (Godfrey 53), Bolland, Browne, Denty.