Defeat keeps Harrowby United in drop zone
United Counties League
Harrowby United 0
Wellingborough Town 4
Harrowby United welcomed their visitors from Northamptonshire to a bright and sunny Dickens Road with a playing surface in surprisingly good condition after the previous day’s heavy rain.
The game was an even affair early on with both teams looking to impose themselves before the first chance of the game came in the sixth minute. A ‘Doughboys’ ball into the Arrows penalty area produced a bit of head tennis which eventually needed Scott Floyd to nod it away from off the goal line.
Harrowby responded and just after the quarter of an hour mark midfielder Lorcan Hickey advanced with the ball before playing it through to Sam Weatherstone down the right. Weatherstone took the ball on before firing a shot which was too close to Wellingborough keeper Ollie Reynolds who saved comfortably.
On 20 minutes, Harrowby centre back Jack Stafford conceded a harsh looking free on the edge of his penalty area and Justin Dowling stepped up to fire just over Arrows custodian Chris Bennett’s crossbar.
Wellingborough by this point had gained the upper hand and on 24 minutes were appealing for a goal as a frantic scramble in the six yard box saw the ball ping pong around before being hacked to safety from the goal line. On the half hour mark Adam Speight shot just over the Arrows bar from the edge of the box.
With just under 10 minutes of the half remaining, Arrows’ impressive young midfielder Ben Browne brought another save from Reynolds with a low shot from the edge of the box.
The Doughboys took the lead in the 38th minute when a move down the right ended with a fine cross into the box from Lloyd Buckby. The ball found unmarked striker Jack Wisniewski who took his shot early and, in kicking the ball into the ground, it bounced over a prone Bennett and into the back of the net.
Harrowby struggled to find any rhythm in the second half and Wellingborough took the game to the home side, looking to prosper from their territorial advantage. After 52 minutes, Jake Gillingwater rattled the bar from distance and, a minute later, Adam Randall headed over the bar from inside the six yard box.
The second Doughboys goal came on the hour mark when a free kick was launched into the Arrows penalty area. An initial shot was well blocked by right back Nick Eatough but fell nicely for skipper Joe Rich to knock the ball home from around six yards out.
After 69 minutes, Bennett made a fine save when a shot from the right edge of the area looked to be creeping inside the post, before he stuck out a leg to deflect the ball away for a corner.
Wellingborough made it three with 11 minutes left as Harrowby contributed to their own downfall in what must be described as a comedy of errors. Harrowby gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and as Bennett advanced from his goal to try and intercept a through-ball, it was played in behind him. A bit of a scramble ensued that saw a great block from Stafford before the ball found its way to Wisniewski who all alone simply rolled the ball into an empty net for his second of the afternoon.
As the game entered stoppage time, the visitors scored a fourth as a deflected shot from a free kick, oddly given for dissent, found its way to Doughboys substitute Albert Akinremi who with time and space shot past a helpless Bennett.
Another hefty defeat for the Arrows sees them still ensconced in the relegation zone with 10 games remaining.
Harrowby United: Bennett, Eatough (Michniew 82), Sharpe, Currall (c), Stafford, Floyd, Browne, Hickey, Weatherstone (Chavundura 61), Peberdy, Clarke (Brown 70).