FOOTBALL: Harrowby United share points with basement side
United Counties League
Huntingdon Town 0
Harrowby united 0
Harrowby United made the trip down the A1 to Huntingdon Town’s Jubilee Park ground, leaving the rain behind but not the gale force winds which made for a very disjointed game in very testing conditions.
Basement club Huntingdon went into the game on the back of 16 straight defeats but with a new management team and some fresh faces in their starting line-up, looking to impress in their first outing.
Playing into the wind in the first half, Harrowby had the best of the opening exchanges and indeed forced the pace for the whole of the first period. After six minutes, wing back Olly Dyson made great strides down the left flank before crossing to George Pearce unmarked on the edge of the ‘Cromwellians’ box, but the midfielder blazed his shot over the crossbar.
Huntingdon keeper Lee Brooks was again untroubled on the quarter of an hour mark when another good move down the left again got the ball in behind the Huntindon defence, but the shooting chance this time saw Fraser Bayliss fire over the frame of the goal.
On 19 minutes, a ball into the Huntingdon penalty area was nicely laid of by Callum Wilkinson to Arrows man of the match Dyson, whose low drive from the left side of the box struck the right hand post.
A 34th minute corner from the right came off Jack Whyley’s head and went out to Wilkinson whose chipped ball back in was met by Luke Parsons who was unfortunate to see his header hit Brooks’ left hand post. Two minutes later, another Harrowby corner into the box dropped for Whyley who fired in a shot which unfortunately struck team mate John Currall in the six yard box before being scrambled away.
On 42 minutes, Harrowby had the ball in the net after a good move between Dyson and Bayliss opened up a chance for Wilkinson whose first time effort was ruled out for a marginal offside. Harrowby’s final chance of the half came a minute later, this time seeing Pearce play in Currall who from the right edge of the box then scuffed his shot past the far post.
The second half again saw Harrowby with the majority of possession but unable to make the all important breakthrough thanks to some fine Huntingdon defending and some lacklustre creativity in the final third.
In the 56th minute, a short corner played to Dyson was moved on to Bayliss on the edge of the box, but the youngster’s shot grazed the cross bar.
Harrowby huffed and puffed but disappointingly failed to trouble Brooks, despite a succession of corners and almost total dominance of the half. Huntingdon produced a fine rearguard effort, their back four well supported by a hard working midfield unit. Their only real chance of the second half a breakaway which saw substitute Gui Mailancol fire high over the bar from the left edge of the penalty area.
With six minutes remaining, a ball through to Bayliss saw him round Brooks on the left side of the box but denied a shooting chance by excellent covering by centre back Jake Waterworth.
Harrowby’s last close call came in the final minute when substitute Lewis Watson’s corner from the right curled in on the wind and bounced on top of the cross bar before going behind.
Harrowby will see the game as two points lost, as after a good first half they lost their way in the second.
Harrowby United: Hotson, Currall (Watson, 57), Dyson, Whyley, Stubbs (c), Parsons, Webb, Pearce (Harper, 57), Dongo (Dunn, 71), Wilkinson, Bayliss. Sub not used: Drury.
l Harrowby United are at home against Oadby Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.