United Counties League
Northampton Spencer 1
Harrowby United 3
Harrowby United got back to winning ways on a difficult trip to an in-form Northampton Spencer.
The game got off to a lively start with both teams trying to stamp their authority. It was the Arrows who made the early breakthrough after eight minutes when a long ball in behind the Spencer back four was latched on to by Lee Shaw. The Arrows striker used his pace to get away before confidently slotting the ball past advancing Spencer keeper Stuart Lutter and into the back of the net.
The ‘Millers’ responded well and only a minute later were unfortunate to see a shot come back off the inside of a post straight into the arms of a grateful Jack Drury in the Arrows goal. Shortly after, Drury was called into action again when he made a good save from a free kick just outside the penalty area.
Spencer equalised after 14 minutes when, after getting in behind the Arrows defence wide on the left, the ball was pulled back to Matt Long who finished with a low shot into the bottom corner.
Harrowby created further chances in the half, one when a free kick into the Millers penalty area was headed down by skipper Jack Whyley to Scott Webb who unselfishly chose to square the ball when a shooting chance seemed the better option. On the stroke of half time, another dangerous ball into the area was stabbed wide by Kahmeel Spence from a couple of yards out.
The Arrows regained the lead after 56 minutes. The ball was played out to Martin Wormall on the left who held up play well, allowing Webb to overlap down the wing. Webb then produced a teasing ball across the six-yard box that was poked home on the far post by the alert Shaw for his second of the game.
Eleven minutes later, Webb shot high and wide of the goal from just inside the area but only had to wait another minute before making amends. A run down the right to the by line by Shaw saw him drive the ball across the goal and Webb was on hand to turn the ball home.
The home side upped the pressure on the Harrowby back four and had a goal disallowed for offside on 72 minutes.
The Arrows back four of Whyley, Spence, John Currall and Jamie Preston held firm during the last 15 minutes with the help of a couple of fine saves by Drury, one in particular during stoppage time when he dived acrobatically to tip round an effort that was heading for the top corner of his goal.
The win got Harrowby’s promotion push back on track, lifting them back into third position after the disappointment of defeats in their last two games.
Harrowby’s man of the match was Sam Hill.
Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Preston, Spence (Wilson, 88), Whyley (c), Peberdy (Lee, 85), Kirton, Hill, Webb (Harper), Wormall, Shaw. Subs not used: Vorley, Weatherstone.