Harrowby United back to winning ways

Two goals apiece, Lee Shaw (left) and Martin Wormall.
Two goals apiece, Lee Shaw (left) and Martin Wormall.
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United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 4

Raunds Town 1

Harrowby United returned to winning ways, following back to back defeats, with a resounding victory over Raunds Town.

The Arrows took the lead after three minutes. After a nice move down the right flank, the ball was played inside to Lee Shaw whose shot from the right hand side of the goal found the back of the net despite the Shopmates’ keeper Sammy Cobley getting a hand to the ball.

Harrowby pushed to increase their advantage and after 13 minutes Sam Hill was played in behind the Raunds defence by Sam Weatherstone. Hill lobbed the ball over the advancing Cobley but also just cleared the frame of the goal.

The second goal arrived after 22 minutes when Currall crossed into the penalty area from the right and Raunds defender Nick Harrison stumbled on the ball. Shaw took full advantage of the hesitation and steered the ball past Cobley and into the net.

Three minutes later, Weatherstone whipped in a teasing cross that found its way to Martin Wormall on the far post. The Arrows striker’s shot beating Cobley but hit and stayed out.

Just past the half hour mark, another ball in from the right was left by Simon Bolland on hearing a call from Scott Webb. Webb struck the ball goalwards but was denied by a fine one-handed save from Cobley.

Raunds got themselves back into the game against the run of play when a corner in from the right was headed home from six yards out by Luke Stevens.

Only a minute later, a ball through to Shaw gave the Arrows man a hat trick opportunity, but his lob over the advancing keeper went wide of the goal.

The second half was again dominated by the home side as chances came and went.

Harrowby restored their two-goal advantage on 54 minutes. A free kick up to Jack Whyley saw the Arrows centre back move the ball out to Shaw on the left. His cross was met on the volley by Wormall whose finish gave Cobley no chance.

The game was put beyond doubt just after the hour mark when, after a scramble in the penalty area, the ball fell to Wormall who turned inside a defender and fired home through a crowd of players.

The home side had further chances through Spence, Shaw and Hill, with Kirton and Wormall both unfortunate to hit the bar.

Harrowby United: Drury, Weatherstone, Kirton, Spence, Whyley, Hill, Harper (Currall, 5), Bolland (Jaques, 79), Webb, Wormall, Shaw (Peberdy, 81). Subs not used: Lee, Hotchin.