Single goal puts Harrowby United out of Knockout Cup

Liam Harper
Liam Harper

United Counties League

Knockout Cup

AFC Kempston Rovers 1

Harrowby United 0

A long midweek trip to AFC Kempston Rovers for a UCL Knockout cup tie gave Arrows manager Mark Fardell the opportunity to rest a few players whilst giving some of the club’s promising youngsters the chance to impress.

The Walnut Boys came into the game undefeated in their last seven outings and took the game to Harrowby from the off.

The Arrows were made to work hard and did well to limit the home side to a few long shots and crosses which were dealt with comfortably by Sam Scothern, making his first appearance of the season in the Harrowby goal.

The Arrows looked to counter-attack at every given opportunity and Liam Harper tested Kempston keeper Martin Conway after 36 minutes. Four minutes, later Arrows man-of-the-match Harper played a fine ball into the box for debutant Niall Davie who, well placed, was just unable to bring the ball under control.

The only goal of the game came in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Aanother hopeful ball into the Harrowby penalty area was not cleared with a loose header and fell kindly for Nyasha Sagwete who had room to fire home from inside the six-yard box.

Harrowby created the first chance of the second period three minutes in when, from a quick break, Scott Webb shot wide.

Neither team troubled the other’s keeper much for the remainder of the game although Scothern parried away a shot from distance after 70 minutes.

Harrowby’s closest effort of the half was a free kick from 20 yards out by Webb after 77 minutes, which Conway held comfortably just under his cross bar.

The home side enjoyed the majority of the possession late on, although the Arrows caused them anxious moments in the closing stages when they pushed another debutant, Liam Motson, up from the back. Motson was due to start the game up front, but did very well at centre back, having to replace Jack Whyley who pulled up injured in the pre-match preparation.

Harrowby United: Scothern, Currall, Clarke, Hill (c), Motson, Harper, Jaques, Peberdy (Weatherstone, 71), Webb, Grant, Davie (Atkinson, 78).