Harrowby United march on in FA Vase

Harrowby United man-of-the-match Jack Whyley.
Harrowby United man-of-the-match Jack Whyley.
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FA Vase

Peterborough North Star 1

Harrowby United 3.

Harrowby United’s FA Vase adventure continued at United Counties Premier Division side Peterborough North Star. The Arrows produced a performance of great character to run out winners with a number of players missing through injury, suspension and unavailability.

Harrowby made the early running with efforts from Liam Harper and Bobby Lee. The first goal came after 24 minutes when United were awarded a penalty after PNS keeper Lee Crockett brought down Lee Shaw. Referee Mr Steele showed Crockett a yellow card before Martin Wormall calmly slotted home from the spot.

Having already made one good save his legs, Arrows stopper Jack Drury produced a fine save after 29 minutes, diving to his left to palm away a shot from the edge of the area.

Harrowby doubled their lead after 36 minutes when a quick counter-attack ended with Sam Kirton lofting a cross-cum-shot over Crockett and into the net.

As the first half came to a close, Sam Hill kept the Arrows two-goal lead intact with a headed goal-line clearance from Luke Kennedy’s header.

The second half saw the home side exert continued pressure on the Harrowby goal. Against the run of play, however, the visitors grabbed an all-important third goal when, after a goalmouth scramble, Hill picked up the pieces and fired home through a crowd of players from the edge of the six-yard box with 56 minutes on the clock.

On the hour mark, Drury made another good save, tipping over a Nick Davey header after a well worked PNS corner. The home side got back into the game in the 73rd minute when a long ball over the top found Charlie Sanders. The striker, on loan from Boston United, held off a challenge from Tom Vorley before finishing with an angled drive across Drury.

The home side’s relentless pressure almost paid off in the 82nd minute when a shot from Billy Smith was well saved by Drury, diving to his right and turning the ball round the post.

Two minutes into stoppage time, PNS were awarded a penalty for a rash challenge on Sanders by Vorley. Smith stepped up to take the kick, only to be thwarted by Drury who dived to his right to keep the ball out.

The Arrows defence saw out the remaining minutes to record a second FA Vase victory against opposition from a higher league.

Harrowby’s man of the match was Jack Whyley.

Harrowby United: Drury, Jaques, Vorley, Hill, Whyley, Harper (Peberdy, 37), Kirton, Bolland (c), Lee, Wormall, Shaw.

Subs not used: Neaverson, Gray, Hotchin, Harrison.