Harrowby United away win keeps Oadby Town off top spot

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Harrowby United travelled to Oadby Town and produced a magnificent performance to inflict the Leicester outfit’s first defeat of the season and deny them a return to the top of the league.

Chromasports United Counties League

Division One

Oadby Town 1

Harrowby United 2

Arrows created early chances, Scott Webb shooting narrowly wide from an acute angle after only six minutes. Lee Shaw’s effort was stopped by home custodian Hinds’ his legs, Martin Wormall shot straight at the keeper and a Liam Harper shot from the edge of the box just rose enough to clear the crossbar.

The Poachers’ best chance of the half on 22 minutes produced a good save from Harrowby keeper Jack Drury after good work from former Leicester City player Jon Stevenson.

Shaw curled a shot from the left just past the right hand post on the half hour mark. Harrowby made the all important breakthrough three minutes before half time. Hinds punched away a corner only as far as Harper who swung a cross back into the six yard box. Billy Stubbs and keeper Hinds met the ball together resulting in it falling nicely for Shaw to tap in from close range. Oadby made the early running in the second period. Drury saved well and Webb cleared off the line from the resulting corner. An equaliser was on the cards and arrived two minutes before the hour mark, Che Adams the scorer.

The Arrows regained the lead after 68 minutes when a free kick from Bobby Lee was met by skipper Simon Bolland who headed past the advancing keeper. The game was now end to end and Oadby worked an opening, getting in behind keeper Drury only to see Stubbs covering to clear the danger.

Wormall had a chance to increase Harrowby’s lead after good work from Shaw but again Hinds came to the home side’s rescue.

Oadby rattled Arrows’ crossbar 13 minutes from time but that was as close as they went to levelling and indeed Harrowby should have extended their lead, missing three excellent chances in the closing stages of the game.

Man of the match was shared between Simon Bolland and Martin Wormall.

Joint manager Jay Harrison was happy with the win and proud of his players. He said: “The team performance was superb in my eyes. Our lads looked very strong and fit and it’s all down to our new coach Simon Mayes. He’s been working on our shape and working on two solid banks of four. It’s made us very hard to beat, so a lot of credit goes to him.

“After the game, the Oadby fans and former Leicester City player Muzzy Izzet gave my lads a standing ovation, and that made me very proud.”

Harrowby United: Drury, Hill, Preston, Stubbs, Whyley, Webb (Weatherstone), Bolland, Lee, Harper, Wormall, Shaw.