Harrowby United avenge defeat at Northampton Spencer

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ChromaSport United Counties League

Division One

Northampton Spencer 3

Harrowby United 4

Harrowby secured a hard fought victory on Tuesday night to avenge defeat earlier in the season against the Millers.

In a high scoring game, the first goal did not materialise until the 40th minute. Callum Peach’s shot came back off the Harrowby crossbar and fell kindly for Munyardazi Matiyenga to tap home from three yards out.

The Arrows levelled just before half time when a superbly flighted free kick into the box by Tom Vorley was met by Simon Bolland who glanced a header past Jack Bartley in the home goal.

Harrowby took charge after the interval and were in front within five minutes of the restart. Weatherstone’s cross was volleyed off the post by Martin Wormall and rebounded to Bolland whose follow-up was blocked on the line. Man-of-the-match Craig Wilson slotted home from an angle.

Harrowby thought they had made the game safe with a double from Wormall provided a three goal cushion. His first came on 67 minutes after he chased down a poor back pass to fire past Bartley. The second was on the break when Wilson knocked a great ball out to the left. It was carried on by well by Wormall who held off a defender before calmly shooting past Bartley with 10 minutes remaining.

The Millers went down to 10 men after Liam Tuck was red carded for wrestling Weatherstone to the ground. But Spencer were not giving up without a fight and reduced the arrears just in the 90th minute with a scrambled goal from substitute Lee Unwin.

In the third of an unbelievable 12 minutes of stoppage time, fellow substitute Paul Pickering brought Spencer to within a goal with another scrappy effort after the ball had pin-balled around the Harrowby penalty area.

Harrowby held out to take home the points and stay above Spencer in the league.

Harrowby: Drury, Hill, Vorley, Hodgkin (c), Whyley, Webb {Peberdy 72}, Kirton, Bolland, Weatherstone, Wormall, Wilson. Subs not used: Mayes, Pete, Harrison.