Harrowby United avenge defeat

Man-of-the-match Jack Whyley
Man-of-the-match Jack Whyley
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United Counties League

Division One

Lutterworth Athletic 1

Harrowby United 4

Harrowby United travelled to Leicestershire side Lutterworth Athletic looking to avenge a defeat at the Environcom Stadium last month – and ran out winners thanks to an impressive second half performance.

The home started brightly and after only five minutes should have taken the lead. George Lee sprang the Arrows offside trap, with only goalkeeper Jack Drury to beat. The Harrowby stopper did well to stand his ground and save Lee’s shot with an outstretched leg.

Four minutes later, a Lutterworth free kick slid into the Arrows penalty area was met by a Charlie Butler shot which cannoned away to safety off a post.

Although the home side were on top, Harrowby had their moments in the first half. Scott Webb cut in from the left and shot just wide and Simon Bolland scuffed a shot wide after being set up by a header down from Arrows man-of-the-match Jack Whyley.

A few harsh half time words and a change in formation by Harrowby management duo Mark Fardell and Jay Harrison did the trick as the Arrows improved their performance. Almost immediately a cross from the right from John Currall was pulled back by Webb to Lee Shaw who shot just over.

The opening goal arrived just before the hour mark. Sam Kirton headed into the path of Shaw who cut in and fired home a shot across Lutterworth keeper Ryan Tilley and into the corner of the net.

The home side equalised on 65 minutes when quick thinking skipper Dom Iven’s free kick from 25 yards out crept inside the post while Drury was still positioning his defensive wall.

But Bobby Lee restored Harrowby’s lead 10 minutes later with a cheeky left foot toe-poke finish, deceiving keeper Tilley by stabbing the ball inside the left-hand post from just inside the penalty area.

Five minutes later, Whyley was unlucky when his header from a free kick into the box was blocked along with his follow-up shot.

Harrowby’s third goal came with four minutes remaining when a ball knocked forward by Currall caused hesitation in the Lutterworth defence, allowing Shaw to nip in and cleverly lob the ball into the net over a stranded Tilley.

On 89 minutes, Kirton’s shot from distance narrowly cleared the cross bar. From the resulting goal kick, the ball was collected by Sam Weatherstone in midfield and the Arrows substitute threaded the ball through to Lee who finished with aplomb to complete a hard fought victory.

The three points kept pressure on Eynesbury Rovers who have moved above Harrowby into the second promotion position.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Preston, Hill, Whyley, Jaques (Weatherstone, 74), Kirton, Bolland (c), Webb, Shaw, Lee. Subs not used: Gibson, Hotchin.