Harrowby United march on towards promotion with comfortable home victory

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United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 5

Bugbrooke St Michaels 0

Harrowby United added another three points towards their promotion push with a comfortable victory at a very blustery Environcom Stadium.

The visitors from Northamptonshire, Bugbrooke St Michaels, were put to the sword by a single first half strike, followed by a plethora of goals in the second period.

The game’s opening exchanges were fairly even as both teams struggled to combat the extremely windy conditions. The best chance in the opening half hour came when Arrows man-of-the-match Liam Harper was played in behind the Bugbrooke back four and saw his cross-cum-shot just drift past the post.

The opening goal came after 34 minutes when a teasing cross from the right was met by Harper, who slid in to force the ball into the net from close range.

Five minutes later, Badgers keeper Alex Coleman was called into action when Lee Shaw found Martin Wormall in the penalty area. The Arrows striker turned inside a defender before getting his shot away which Coleman saved with his legs.

The second half was less than five minutes old when Harrowby extended their lead. Sam Kirton, returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, won the ball in midfield and fed Harper down the line. Harper advanced with the ball before producing a pinpoint cross for Shaw to head home from six yards out.

The third goal came on 56 minutes when Shaw made good progress down the right before holding the ball up. Harper burst through from midfield and tapped Shaw’s cross home from three yards out.

Harper missed out on a hat trick opportunity after 64 minutes when he dragged his shot wide.

Harrowby made it four after 86 minutes when Jack Whyley played a ball inside to Luke Peberdy in plenty of space. Peberdy ran at the Bugbrooke defence before moving the ball to Simon Bolland on the edge of the penalty area. Bolland spotted Coleman off his line and produced a delicate chip over the keeper’s hand and into the roof of the net.

Harrowby completed the rout a minute from time. Harper and Shaw combined well before the latter laid the ball into the path of Scott Webb who controlled and fired home past Coleman to complete an emphatic victory.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Preston (Peberdy, 72), Hill, Spence, Harper, Kirton (Whyley, 62), Bolland (c), Lee, Martin Wormall (Webb, 62), Shaw. Subs not used: Wilcocks, Weatherstone.