Wormall hat trick is key to Harrowby United win over Wellingborough Whitworth

Martin Wormall
Martin Wormall

Harrowby United completed the double over Whitworth with a clinical finishing display from Martin Wormall securing another three points, lifting them to seventh place in the division.

Chromasport United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 4

Wellingborough Whitworth 1

The visitors from Northamptonshire started the game well and brought a good save with his feet from Jack Drury in the Arrows goal. Harrowby got themselves into the game and on two occasions went close through Simon Bolland, meeting right wing crosses from Liam Harper, the first just wide and the second deflected on to the post by a great block challenge in the Flourmen’s defence.

Harrowby went ahead after 20 minutes when another cross from the right from Harper was controlled on his chest by Wormall who slotted past Dan Waters in the Whitworth goal.

Wormall’s second followed just after the half hour mark when a quick free kick released Lee Shaw down the right. He crossed for Wormall to knock the ball home from six yards out. Wormall could have had a hat trick before half time when a cross from Bolland saw him take a touch, just allowing a defender time block his goalbound shot.

The Flourmen to their credit dominated the opening period of the second half and were rewarded after 51 minutes when Leigh Chapman was allowed to turn in the Arrows penalty area and shoot past Drury.

Whitworth pressed for an equaliser, pushing more men forward, restricting Harrowby to counter-attacking football. On one such break, Shaw was put through by Bobby Lee but saw his right footed curled effort go just past the far post.

After soaking up pressure from the visitors, the Arrows were given breathing space when another quick break from Harper ended with his fine cross being met on the volley by Wormall to strike the ball beautifully past a helpless Waters to complete his hat trick.

Further chances saw a Bolland effort go just wide and substitute Owen Sheridan, put in by Harper, fired just over.

Wormall saved his best goal until last when, right on 90 minutes, he collected a pass from Bolland, flicked the ball over a defender’s head, repeated the feat with keeper Waters, before rolling the ball into a empty net for his fourth.

The goal was Wormall’s 17th of the season and he remains the leading scorer in the division. He shared man of the match with Liam Harper.

Harrowby United: Drury, Hill, Preston, Hodgkin (c), Whyley, Harper, Bolland, Kirton, Lee, Wormall, Shaw (Sheridan, 81). Subs not used: Vorley, Gibson, Mayes, Fardell.