ChromaSport United Counties League
Rothwell Corinthians 2
Harrowby United 0
The formbook was turned on i’s head when Harrowby travelled to Sergeants Lawn, home of Rothwell Corinthians, on Saturday.
Having thumped them 6-0 at Dickens Road just a few weeks previously, the Arrows were confident of three more points – but produced their most abject performance of the season. Rothwell won the game with a goal in each half, and Harrowby were second best in every department.
Arrows’ top scorer Martin Wormall tested the Rothwell keeper Brad Wilson after 11 minutes with a low left-foot effort, and Simon Bolland shot into the side netting 10 minutes later. The home side should have gone ahead when a well-timed run from Ian Hay saw him round Harrowby keeper Jack Drury, only to shoot wide of the empty goal.
Rothwell’s opening goal came from the penalty spot on the half hour mark after Sam Weatherstone pulled on the shirt of Callum McNichol. Hay despatched the spot kick after Weatherstone was shown a yellow card by referee Mr Whitwell.
The second goal came a minute into the second half with Harrowby again contributing to their own downfall. The Arrows were caught in possession twice on the right and when the ball was crossed into the penalty area, a stretching Sam Hill could only head clear as far as Jason Singh who controlled and shot right-footed past a helpless Drury.
Harrowby’s response was minimal. A Tom Vorley free kick went wide and two efforts from Lee Shaw saw one go wide and the other was saved comfortably by Wilson.
One positive note for Harrowby was a substitute appearance from Daniel Reidy, his first game time in more than a year after a serious knee injury.
Harrowby’s man of the match was Liam Harper.
Harrowby: Drury, Weatherstone, Preston, Hill, Hodgkin (c), Webb (Reidy, 63), Kirton (Vorley, 22), Bolland (Gibson, 80), Harper, Wormall, Shaw.