United Counties League
Huntingdon Town 2
Harrowby United 1
Harrowby United’s first away trip of the season ended in disappointment as last season’s runners-up Huntingdon Town scored two late goals to earn the points.
The home side, playing their first game of the season, were quick off the mark and put the Arrows under early pressure. After eight minutes, Sam Weatherstone was given a yellow card as he brought down Jacob Joyce advancing towards the penalty area. From the resuling free kick, Billy Stubbs stuck out a leg on the end of the wall to deflect the ball behind for a corner.
Harrowby were resticted to trying to hit the ‘Croms’ on the break and after 19 minutes, on one such excursion, a deep cross from Scott Webb found Ian Ward at the far post, but the Harrowby striker’s header lacked the power to trouble Huntingdon keeper Tim Trebes.
Two minutes later, another break saw Arrows man-of-the-match Liam Harper thread a fine through-ball to Lee Shaw who produced an excellent finish, lobbing the ball over the advancing Trebes and into an empty net to give Harrowby the lead.
The rest of the half saw Huntingdon in the ascendancy but their attacks were blunted by some excellent Harrowby defending.
On the stroke of half time, the Arrows went close when a corner from the right from Harper found Jack Whyley who headed just wide at the far post.
The second half was more of the same. Harrowby soaked up waves of Huntingdon attacks. Joyce shot wide after 53 minutes and just past the hour the same player should have done better when he met a free kick into the box, only to shoot tamely straight at Jack Drury in the Harrowby goal.
After 68 minutes, another quick break from Harrowby created a chance for substitute Luke Peberdy who tried to lift the ball over on on rushing Trebes. The effort was not high enough and the keeper was able to grab the ball and avert the danger. Webb shot just wide four minutes later after a well worked corner from Harper found him free on the edge of the box.
With 11 minutes remaining, the hosts forced an equaliser when a ball out to their pacey winger, substitute William Oliver, brought about a penalty kick. As the wide man tried to knock the ball past Arrows left back Joe Clarke, it struck the defender’s outstretched arm and referee Mr Byatt had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Declan Rogers stepped up to plant the ball in the corner and level the scores.
It was heartbreak for the Arrows four minutes later when Huntingdon were awarded a cheap free kick 20 yards out after an innocuous looking challenge. Again Rogers was the man to take the kick, and again he found the bottom corner of the net with a sweetly stuck shot to secure the three points for the home side.
Harrowby United: Drury, Weatherstone (Currall, 33), Clarke, Stubbs, Whyley, Harper, Hill (c), Bolland, Webb, Shaw, Ward (Peberdy, 62).