United Counties League
Peterborough Sports 1
Harrowby United 2
Harrowby United returned from their first visit to Peterborough Sports’ Lincoln Road ground with three points thanks to two converted Scott Webb penalties.
The Arrows forced the early pace with Lee Shaw and Craig Wilson both having efforts blocked inside the first 10 minutes. Luke Peberdy was put through after 16 minutes but his shot was well saved by Sports keeper Aaron Keir who was in fine form all afternoon.
Harrowby lost skipper Simon Bolland two minutes later when he suffered a nasty gash to his right eye, the captain’s armband passing over to Jack Whyley.
United had a great chance on the half hour mark when a superb cross-field ball from Webb found Peberdy out on the right. Peberdy whipped in a right foot cross to Wilson who headed just over the cross bar.
The home side were reduced to 10 men after 32 minutes when midfielder Ali Nyang was shown a straight red card by referee Mr Stanley for a reckless tackle on Bobby Lee. The sending off seemed to motivate Sports and they took the lead two minutes later when a right wing cross from Dan Drane was met on the edge of the six-yard box by Matt Cook whose low shot gave 16-year-old debutant Aiden Hotchin no chance in the Arrows goal.
Harrowby levelled the scores after five minutes before the break when another cross from the right was headed goalwards by Shaw, bringing a great save from Keir. The rebound fell to Wilson was was fouled by Adam Regan as he was about to score. Amazingly, Mr Stanley only booked the Sports defender before Webb sent Keir the wrong way with the spot kick.
The Arrows nearly went in front straight from the kick-off when Wilson was put through, only to be thwarted again by Keir, and his rebound effort found the side netting. Harrowby at this point were making the extra player count and enjoyed a large percentage of the possession. Sports defended deep and kept the Arrows at bay and on the occasions they did find ways through, found Keir in great form.
The crucial winning goal again came from a penalty kick with 25 minutes left. A fine ball from Sam Kirton out to the left found Webb who, on driving into the area, was impeded by the arm of Ryan Wood. Mr Stanley immediately pointed to the spot. Webb picked himself up to despatch the penalty, despite Keir this time guessing right and getting a hand to the ball.
Harrowby created more chances, with Wilson dragging a shot wide after beating two defenders, and Keir again denying Shaw with a good save. With two minutes remaining, substitute Sam Weatherstone, returning from injury, shot just over the bar after good work from Harper and Shaw.
Drane had the chance to pinch an unlikely point for Sports in the dying seconds, but his weak shot was comfortably saved by Hotchin.
Harrowby’s man of the match was Scott Webb.
Harrowby United: Hotchin, Harper, Preston, Hill, Whyley, Peberdy (Weatherstone, 58), Kirton, Bolland (Lee, 18), Webb, Wilson, Shaw. Subs: Vorley, Gibson, Neaverson.