Harrowby United notch up first league points

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HARROWBY United recorded their first three points of the season with an impressive first league victory at previously unbeaten fourth-place side Wellingborough Whitworth.

The home side produced the first chance of the game after only two minutes when a stray pass in midfield resulted in Jack Drury having to make a smart save, diving to his left to push the ball round the post.

The Arrows reacted well and a one-two between Scott Webb and Martin Wormall on seven minutes ended with a composed finish from Wormall to give Harrowby the lead.

Harrowby lost Owen Sheridan to an injury after 23 minutes and he was replaced by debutant Billy Stubbs.

The Flourmen thought they had equalised after two minutes later but were denied by the linesman’s flag for offside. Shortly after, Lee Shaw had a chance to double Harrowby’s lead when he was put through for a one-on-one, but fired straight at the keeper.

On the stroke of half time however, Harrowby added a second goal after a shot from Wormall was well saved by the home keeper. From the resulting corner, the ball found Wormall unmarked on the far post, after a flick on from Stubbs, and he controlled well to slot the ball home through a crowd of players, taking his side in 2-0 to the good at half time.

Whitworth came out strongly in the second period, forcing Harrowby to defend for long periods and rely on counter attacks. On one such break, Bobby Lee shot narrowly over the crossbar.

After 69 minutes, the home side’s pressure paid off when skipper Dan Bendon curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner .

The Arrows’ solid backline of Sam Hill, Seb Firman, Matt Hodgkin and man-of-the-match Jack Whyley soaked up continuous pressure to see out the last 20 minutes.

They could have won more comfortably, with Wormall missing out on a hat trick when through with only the keeper to beat, and Lee hitting the crossbar on 87 minutes with a shot from outside of the box.

Joint manager Jason Harrison said: “I’m very pleased with the way the lads are playing and they are now getting the rewards for their hard work. It’s very pleasing that Martin Wormall is scoring again in the UCL.”

Harrowby: Drury, Hill, Firman, Hodgkin (c), Whyley, Lee, Sheridan (Stubbs), Bolland (Glencross), Webb (Harper), Wormall, Shaw. Subs not used: Carluchi, Gibson.