Harrowby United suffer St Valentine’s Day massacre

United Counties League

Premier Division

Harrowby United

Harrowby United

Harrowby United 0

Wisbech Town 5

Harrowby United were put to the sword by a strong Wisbech Town side, and it was a Valentine’s Day to forget for Arrows player Simon Bolland who received three unwanted cards from referee Mr O’Sullivan – two yellows and a red – as he was sent off late on.

The Fenmen went in front after less than two minutes. A poor ball out of defence from Jack Whyley was intercepted and slotted through to Tommy Treacher who produced a cool right foot finish which gave Harrowby’s debutant keeper Nathan Jessop no chance.

The Arrows looked to hit back and with six minutes gone a fine run from Lee Shaw ended with a shot across the goal which narrowly missed the far post. And Shaw tested Wishbech keeper Lea Jordan after 15 minutes with a low shot after the chance had been created by good work from Ryan Tittensor.

Wisbech doubled their lead after 21minutes when they broke quickly after clearing a Harrowby corner. The Fenmen found themselves with men over and Treacher turned provider, squaring the ball for Billy Smith to slot home.

A minute into first half stoppage time, a ball forward to Josh Ford saw him look miles offside but no flag was forthcoming. Ford advanced on goal before playing the ball to Treacher who produced a precise finish past Jessop to send the Fenmen in three goals to the good at the break.

Harrowby had a fine chance to get back into the game after 52 minutes. More good work from Tittensor saw him find Bolland who squared the ball to substitute Tom Potts, but his well struck shot went wide with the goal at his mercy.

With 81 minutes played, a cross from the right produced a scramble in the Harrowby penalty area. The initial cross was knocked to the edge of the area, and the resulting shot blocked by an outstretched leg from Whyley. Jessop produced a fine save from the rebound, pushing the ball behind for a corner.

Jessop saved again after the flag kick but the ball was stabbed home at the far post by Luke Wilson for his first goal for the visitors.

With five minutes remaining, Harrowby were again caught out by a quick break. A ball in behind the Arrows defence was taken on by Danny Beaumont. Jessop saved the initial shot only to see Beaumont fire home the rebound to complete a nap hand.

Chosen by Grantham’s Mayor, Ian Selby, Harrowby’s man of the match was Liam Harper.

Harrowby United: Jessop, Currall (Weatherstone, 68), Clarke, Hill (Potts, 45), Whyley (c), Tittensor (Peberdy, 79), Harper, Bolland, Webb, Motson, Shaw. Subs not used: Watson, Daykin.

In the photograph, Harrowby United are from left, back – Eddie Humphreys, Will Bromfield, Sam Weatherstone, Simon Bolland, Tom Potts, Liam Motson, Jack Whyley, Nathan Jessop, Liam Harper, Sam Hill, Shaun Daykin and Simon Mayes; front – Lewis Watson, Ryan Tittensor, John Currall, Joe Clarke, Lee Shaw, Scott Webb and Luke Peberdy. Photo: Toby Roberts