United Counties League
Harrowby United 3
Deeping Rangers 0
Harrowby United entertained Deeping Rangers at the Environcon Stadium on Tuesday night and gave one of their best performances of the season.
Matt Clarke’s goal on the half hour had the Arrows ahead at the interval and a Stefan Bilyk brace after 63 and 69 minutes wrapped up a well-deserved Harrowby victory.
Harrowby were out of the blocks first and almost took the lead in the second minute when Ian Hillier’s free kick was met on the volley by Bilyk, but the crossbar came to the rescue of the visitors. On five minutes, Sam Hill tried his luck from distance and forced a good save by Birchem in the Rangers goal.
On 15 minutes, Deeping worked the ball well down Harrowby’s right and when Ryan Semple delivered his cross, Billy Stubbs’s headed clearance almost found the bottom corner of the goal with keeper Rhodes stranded.
Matty Clark pounced after a defensive error but could not direct his effort on goal in the 27th minute. Three minutes later, Clarke made no mistake when he fired passed Birchem from 15 yards to give Harrowby the lead.
Aaron Martin chanced his arm from distance, forcing a good save, and then Bilyk was denied by the busy Birchem in the Deeping goal. With the half drawing to a close, Harrowby were caught napping from a quick free kick but Semple’s effort was well saved by Rhodes.
Harrowby again started the second half well and piled early pressure on the visiting defence, with Clarke and Bolland both thwarted by good saves.
The visitors defended well but could do nothing in the 63rd minute when Hillier found Bilyk in space who in turn fired passed Birchen to double Harrowby’s lead.
And five minutes later, the game was sealed when Sam Hill released Bilyk who bagged his second of the night.
Harrowby played out the remaining 15 minutes to secure a well-earned victory, concluding their season’s home fixtures.
Desborough Town 6
Harrowby United 1
Harrowby travelled to Desborough Town and were undone by a lively home side.
However, Desborough did not have it all their own way and up until the controversial sending off of Simon Bolland in the 45minth minute, Harrowby were on level terms.
An early strike by Jamie Short gave the Arrows the lead but they were pegged back on 40 minutes. Two second half penalties did not help Harrowby’s cause who eventually succumbed to five strikes after the break.
Early exchanges were even with both defences being well marshalled and hard to break down. The home side settled first and created two good chances when Turner and Bettles both went close.
In the 18th minute, a defensive error gifted an opener to Harrowby when Short pounced after Chris Jones in the home team’s goal twisted his ankle while clearing a back pass.
Harrowby settled and could have extended their lead when Matty Clark’s cross found Bollond in space but he could not direct his header on target.
Desborough levelled on 39 minutes when Dan White’s near post header gave Rhodes no chance in the Harrowby goal.
With the first half drawing to a close, Bolland was given a straight red card to the dismay of both sets of players and supporters for a challenge on Jason Turner.
Down to 10 men, the second half started badly for Harrowby when they conceded a penalty in the 47th minute, Turner making no mistake from the spot.
Harrowby almost levelled in the 54th fourth minute when Clark’s free kick went narrowly over the bar.
Turner got his second of the day when he tapped home from close range after a goalmouth scramble and did not have to wait long to record his hat trick when John Currall was unlucky when adjudged to handle from a driven ball.
The extra man was showing and Desborough were now in total control and sealed the game when Turner netted his forth on 75 minutes. Dan Law completed the scoring to seal Desborough’s biggest win of the season.