Impressive away victory helps Harrowby United close gap on leaders

Harrowby United man-of-the-match Liam Jaques (right) with team-mate Jamie Preston in support.

Harrowby United man-of-the-match Liam Jaques (right) with team-mate Jamie Preston in support.

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United Counties League

Division One

Rushden & Higham United 1

Harrowby United 4

Harrowby United recorded an impressive result away in a game that included three penalties.

The Arrows started well and early chances came the way of Martin Wormall who, under pressure from a defender, shot over the crossbar after only six minute. Moments later, Lee Shaw shot narrowly wide after cutting in from the left.

After 21 minutes, Liam Harper released Arrows man-of-the match Liam Jaques down the right. His cross was met by Simon Bolland who, stretching for contact, fired over the bar. A minute later, Harrowby’s centre back pairing combined at a corner when Kahmeel Spence played the ball to Jack Whyley who also shot over.

The breakthrough almost came on 24 minutes when a free kick into the box from John Currall eluded a host of players and was headed off the line by Rushden full back Aaron Campion. The ‘Lankies’ finally brought a save from Harrowby keeper Jack Drury after a rare quick break.

The first goal, after almost total Harrowby dominance, came from the penalty spot when good build-up play from Harper and Currall gave Shaw the chance to turn in the area. He was fouled and referee Mr Pywell had no hesitation in awarding the game’s first spot kick. Wormall stepped up and calmly fired past Aaron Doughty in the home goal.

The Lankies were not helped when on 32 minutes striker Daryl Lawman received his marching orders for a foul and dissent.

The home side started the second half well despite their reduced numbers and, enjoying their best spell of the game, produced an equaliser from skipper Tyler Merries who headed home a loose ball after a corner kick.

Five minutes later they had the chance to take the lead as Mr Pywell awarded them a penalty for a foul by Spence. Drury dived the right way to keep out Jon Tite’s spot kick, pushing the ball away to safety with a strong left hand.

Harrowby regained the lead on 66 minutes when, five minutes after coming on as a substitute, Luke Peberdy cut in from the right and fired a low right foot shot past Doughty.

Two minutes later, the Arrows made it three as they regained control of the game. Harper played a ball through to Shaw who produced a quality finish, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net.

The game’s third penalty came in the 70th minute when Shaw was again brought down in the area, this time by Merries. Wormall comfortably slotted the ball home for his second of the game.

The fourth goal ended any hope of a comeback and Harrowby could have added to their tally as late chances saw Shaw shoot narrowly wide and Wormall denied a hat trick by a good save from Doughty.

With the top two teams in the league both dropping points, it was a good afternoon for the Arrows as they closed the gap to the leaders.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall {Weatherstone 84}, Preston, Spence, Whyley {Webb 80}, Harper, Jaques, Bolland (c), Lee {Peberdy 61}, Wormall, Shaw. Subs not used: Vorley, Hotchin.

Picture MOM Liam Jaques with the ball. Jamie Preston behind.