FOOTBALL: Harrowby United give good account of themselves but can’t bounce back from first half goals
United Counties League
Eynesbury Rovers 2
Harrowby United 0
Harrowby travelled to inform Eynesbury Rovers and gave a good account of themselves but were unable to reply from two first half strikes by the home side.
However, the win was far from easy as Harrowby went close to scoring several times, especially in the second half when Kyle De Garis, on at half time for Oliver Sutton, made a number of crucial saves.
Eynesbury almost took a 10th minute lead but Tom Coles’s header was cleared off the line and Robert Ducket’s follow up shot was diverted wide at the far post. However, Rovers went ahead in the 22nd minute when Harrowby’s goalkeeper Jonny Hotson failed to clear a James Freshwater corner kick and Matt Bannister poked the ball home from close range.
Eight minutes later, Bassett made progress down the right wing and he rounded the keeper before setting up Freshwater but his shot was cleared off the line. Another goalkeeping error gifted the hosts’ their second goal as he failed to keep out Bassett’s header which was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee’s assistant.
Another goal line clearance occurred at the other end as Mark Van Berg kept out Scott Webb’s shot.
After the break, Harrowby found their rhythm and De Garis was soon called into action as he saved a Mitch Dennis effort, and Scott Floyd’s follow up shot was cleared off the line. Sam Weatherstone beat Callum Stockwell and shot inches wide of the far post whilst, at the other end, Bannister combined with Tom Coles but his shot narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Harrowby kept creating chances, with Floyd’s shot being hacked behind for a corner by Van Berg and De Garis denying Rob Dunn. A string of corners then ensued for Harrowby but the home side defended well.
On 80 minutes, De Garis again came to the home side’s aid, saving well to his left from a Mitch Dennis shot.
Bassett’s low drive was saved by the feet of Hotson whilst Daril Ngwala shot wide after receiving Bassett’s return pass.
Alex Marsh saw Hotson save his shot whilst in stoppage time with Harrowby throwing everything at Eynesbury. Bannister missed a glorious opportunity hooking Bassett’s low cross over the bar from inside the penalty area.
l Harrowby are next in action when they entertain Yaxley at home on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.