Harrowby United share spoils at home

Harrowby United's Ngoni Dongo challenges for a high ball in acrobatic fashion on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts
Harrowby United's Ngoni Dongo challenges for a high ball in acrobatic fashion on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts
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United Counties League

Premier Division

Harrowby United man of the match was Olly Dyson. Photo: Craig Whyley

Harrowby United man of the match was Olly Dyson. Photo: Craig Whyley

Harrowby United 1

Desborough Town 1

One of only two United Counties League games to go ahead saw two sides on good runs share the spoils as Desborough Town visited the Environcom Stadium on Saturday.

An entertaining game on a very heavy pitch saw both teams create chances and the final score was be a fair reflection on the game.

The visitors carved the first opening of the game when Danny Wells moved forward and fed the ball to John Dean who was unfortunate to see his shot strike the cross bar and go over for a goal kick.

Both teams cancelled each other out for large periods of the game but an inspired performance from Desborough keeper Chris Jones was probably a major factor in gaining a point for his team. His first good save came on the half hour mark when he dived to his left to push away a good strike from Arrows top scorer Danny Durkin.

Desborough went close three minutes later when Jason Turner found himself a bit of space to fire a shot across Arrows keeper Jack Drury’s goal, only to see the ball bounce away to safety off the right hand upright.

Harrowby responded and Jones again sprang to his left to turn away a shot from Callum Wilkinson after 38 minutes.

Harrowby finished the half strongly with Fraser Bayliss setting up a shooting chance for Scott Webb five minutes before the break, the wide man’s shot curling wide of the far post. Jones denied Durkin again with another fine save and a goalmouth scramble ended the half even as Desborough cleared their lines.

Eight minutes into the second half, Drury turned a low shot from Desborough striker Jake Bettles round his left hand post. At the other end, Jones retained parity as he did well to turn away a good header from Durkin after a cross from the left.

Just past the hour, it was Webb’s turn to be thwarted by Jones as he picked up a loose ball after a blocked shot from Wilkinson, only to see another fine save from the Town custodian.

Harrowby broke the deadlock after 69 minutes when a fine ball from Webb out on the left found Bayliss with room inside the 18 yard box. The youngster fired a low right foot shot to break Jones’s resistance and bury the ball into the far right hand corner of the net.

Desborough did not capitulate and, with nine minutes, remaining levelled the scores. Turner won a free kick around 25 yards out and Ben Sunderland stepped up to strike a fine effort goalwards, which was superbly tipped on to the cross bar by Drury. The ball bounced down into the box and Arron Davies was the first to react, smashing it into the net from the edge of the six yard box.

The remaining time was seen out comfortably by both sides for a point apiece in difficult conditions.

Harrowby man of the match was Olly Dyson.

Harrowby United: Drury, Bolland (Currall, 90), Dyson, Whyley, Stubbs (c), Bayliss, Dongo, Martin, Webb (Dunn, 79), Durkin, Wilkinson (Vargarso, 67). Subs not used: Revel, Jessop.

+ Harrowby United are at home to Northampton Spencer on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.