Harrowby United put Woodford to the sword

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United Counties League

Division One

Woodford United 0

Harrowby United 6

Harrowby United put bottom placed club Woodford United to the sword with three unanswered goals in each half on their visit to Woodford Halse to return them to second place in the league.

Woodford, who were plying their trade in the Southern League last season, were no match for the Arrows who started the game at a high tempo and should have put the game out of sight before half time.

The three goals before the interval could easily have been doubled as chances came at regular intervals.

The first goal arrived in the 11th minute courtesy of a Scott Webb penalty awarded for handball. Webb coolly despatching the spot kick, waiting for the keeper to move and placing the ball into the net in the opposite direction.

Harrowby doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Craig Wilson cut in from the left and fired a low shot past Woodford keeper Domenico Roggero with the help of a slight deflection.

Lee Shaw then went close, put through by Sam Kirton, his delicate lob over the keeper landing on the roof of the net.

Kirton then set Wilson away down the left and his cross was met six yards out by a stretching Shaw who could not keep the ball down and it narrowly cleared the cross bar.

Wilson was unlucky on 30 minutes, hitting an upright with a low right foot shot, before the third goal arrived five minutes later. Michael Neaverson, getting forward from right back, played an inch-perfect ball through the exposed Woodford defence, allowing Luke Peberdy to time his run perfectly and stroke the ball past Roggero without breaking stride.

The second half was more of the same and the fourth goal arrived when the ever lively Shaw picked the ball up out on the right before cutting inside and rifling home a shot just inside the near post.

Three minutes later it was five when, after Shaw was fouled 20 yards out, Bobby Lee stepped up and curled a sweet left foot free kick into the top corner past the helpless Roggero.

Harrowby made a few changes in the latter stages of the game, one being the introduction of Shaun Daykin for his Arrows debut.

More chances came and went for Harrowby and a late sixth goal was headed home from a corner in the 87th minute.

Harrowby man of the match was shared between Bobby Lee and Michael Neaverson.

Harrowby United: Drury, Neaverson, Preston (Vorley, 68), Hill, Kirton, Peberdy, Bolland (c), Lee, Webb, Shaw (Daykin, 77), Wilson.