Harrowby United fight out goalless draw

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United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 0

St Neots Town Saints 0

Harrowby United fought out a goalless draw with their immediate rivals St Neots in a third versus fourth clash at the Environcom Stadium.

The Arrows had the better of the first half exchanges and after only eight minutes Martin Wormall produced some good hold-up play, allowing right back and man of the match John Currall to get forward and fire off a shot which went over the cross bar.

On the quarter hour mark, Lee Shaw closed down Saints keeper Dan Swan, charging down his clearance but watching as the ball cannoned away to safety, just wide of the goal.

As half time approached, a good move from the home side saw Simon Bolland play the ball out wide to Scott Webb who turned the ball inside to Wormall. Wormall’s shot went narrowly wide. And right on half time, Luke Peberdy had a shot which went just wide of the St Neots post with Swan beaten.

A big improvement from the visitors in the second half saw them control the game for long periods, with the Arrows looking to counter attack. On one such counter around the hour mark, Shaw played Wormall in but his shot was deflected behind. From the resulting corner, the ball fell for Sam Hill whose flicked header was comfortably saved by Swan.

Harrowby defended, well and restricted Saints to long-range efforts and hopeful balls into the penalty area. Home keeper Jack Drury was called into action after 73 minutes when a short corner resulted in a shot through a crowd of players to which he had to dive and save low to his right.

After keeping Saints at bay for most of the half, United had two good chances inside the final five minutes to pinch all three points. The first was when Wormall played a fine ball out wide to substitute Liam Harper. His cross was met by Bolland only five yards out but the Harrowby skipper failed to get any purchase on his header.

And then another good move ended with a cross into the area by Webb which found Wormall. The Harrowby striker controlled and shot only for his goalbound effort to be blocked by a defender’s outstretched leg.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Preston, Hill, Whyley, Peberdy (Harper, 64), Kirton, Bolland (c), Webb, Wormall, Shaw. Subs not used: Lee, Weatherstone, Jaques, Vorley.