Revenge over Rushden & Higham is sweet for Harrowby United

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ChromaSport United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 3

Rushden & Higham United 0

Revenge was sweet for Harrowby United on Tuesday night as they comfortably beat a Rushden and Higham side that had inflicted the Arrows’ biggest defeat of the season back in November.

The three-goal margin flattered the visitors who, with more ruthless Harrowby finishing, would have been on the end of a hiding.

The opening goal came after 33 minutes through man-of-the-match Craig Wilson whose quality finish was preceded by a mazy run in which he beat three defenders before shooting calmly past Aaron Doughty in the Rushden goal. Three minutes later Wilson set up Scott Webb whose curling effort was easily saved by Doughty.

After 42 minutes, Wilson burst through Rushden’s defence, latching on to a Webb pass, but was unable to finish his one on one chance with the keeper, shooting just wide of the left hand post. He made amends a minute later however, with a ball through to Martin Wormall whose low left foot shot beat Doughty for his 35th goal of the season.

The second half was equally one sided and substitute Liam Harper was unlucky when his first touches of the match saw him run on to a flicked header from Wormall before shooting inches wide.

Jack Drury made his only real save of the game after 61 minutes, blocking with his legs after a rare break from the visitors. The game became even more comfortable a minute later when the Lankies were reduced to 10 men with a straight red card for violent conduct against striker Craig Lawman.

Harrowby’s third goal arrived after 67 minutes when another great pass from Wilson was taken on by Webb who rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Match ball sponsor was S.A.O Carpentry & Joinery of Grantham.

Harrowby United: Drury, Hill, Vorley (Preston, 67), Hodgkin (c), Whyley, Webb, Peberdy (Harper, 56), Kirton, Bolland, Wormall, Wilson (Lee, 73). Subs not used: Weatherstone, Brothwell.