Harrowby United slip down to third following rare defeat

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United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 0

Eynesbury Rovers 2

Harrowby United missed out on the chance to pull away from their visitors Eynesbury Rovers and, in fact, dropped to third place behind them in the league as they were well beaten at the Environcom Stadium.

Rovers started the game brightly and were denied by Arrows goalkeeper and man of the match Jack Drury twice in the fifth minute as he kept out headers by Tom Coles and Darren Woodend.

Harrowby struggled to get going all through the half and it was a surprise that it took Rovers until the 39th minute to take the lead. United lost possession in the Rovers half, allowing Coles the chance to break down the middle. He drew the Arrows defence before slotting the ball through to the league’s top scorer, Lee Bassett, who controlled before shooting nonchalantly past Drury.

The home side started the second half much better and were unlucky in the 55th minute when a through-ball from Bobby Lee gave Scott Webb an opportunity, but his low shot was blocked by advancing keeper Andrew Wale’s legs.

The closest Harrowby went to scoring came in the 63rd minute when a shot from Lee Shaw beat the keeper only to be cleared off the line by a covering Nathan Field.

A minute later, a cross from Jack Weeden into the Arrows area was met by Coles whose header came back off the cross bar. The ball went back to Coles whose second header looked to be going in low inside the post before Drury produced a superb diving save, pushing the ball away with his left hand.

United enjoyed by far the greater possession in the final quarter of the game but were unable to break down a solid Eynesbury back four. They were were caught on the break five minutes from time when Josh Ling broke down the left before playing the ball in to Ryan Inskip on the edge of the area. Inskip slotted through to Bassett who turned inside his marker and slotted home his second to secure the points for the visitors.

Harrowby United: Drury, Neaverson (Currell, 73), Vorley, Hill, Kirton, Peberdy (Harper, 62), Lee, Bolland (c), Webb, Shaw, Wilson (Wormall, 57).