United Counties League
Harrowby United 3
Deeping Rangers 1
Harrowby United finished their season on a high with a more than creditable victory over Lincolnshire neighbours Deeping Rangers at the Environcom Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Arrows started the game brightly, causing the Deeping defence problems from the off. After only three minutes, a cross from the left was headed narrowly wide by Sam Hill.
Harrowby retained the upper hand but were not rewarded until the 21st minute when a good move down the left flank resulted in the ball being played inside to Liam Harper who, from the edge off the penalty area, fired a low shot past Dan Bircham.
The remainder of the half was competitive but neither keeper was overly taxed as the teams cancelled each other out.
Rangers started the second half well and pushed Harrowby back from the off. Jack Drury made a fine save two minutes in, pushing a low drive away diving to his right.
Deeping paid the price for not taking advantage of their best period of the game when on 63 minutes John Currall played a ball out from just outside the Arrows penalty area to the ever-willing Harrowby front man Lee Shaw. Shaw picked the ball up out on the left before showing great strength to hold off the intentions of a defender whilst cutting inside and slotting a sweet left shot out of the reach of Bircham.
Deeping pushed to get back into the game but failed to go close until a free kick from just outside the penalty area by Mohammed Hamid beat the defensive wall but struck the cross bar and went over.
With five minutes remaining, Deeping were handed a lifeline when referee Mr Reeson awarded them a penalty, with Sam Hill adjudged to have dragged down Jordan Avis whilst marking the Deeping substitute tightly around 10 yards out.
The award looked harsh and Hill received a yellow card for his protestations. The normally reliable Deeping skipper Spencer Tinkler stepped up to fire his kick to Drury’s left. The Arrows custodian guessed correctly and forced the ball away from goal before it was hacked to safety.
The visitors still pressed and a corner swung in two minutes from time resulted in a scramble on the edge of the six-yard box. Harrowby failed to clear and Matt Holland reaped the reward, firing home low through a crowd of players.
Harrowby supporters’ nerves were spared from a frantic last few minutes when, inside a minute of the restart, a ball forward was flicked on by man-of-the-match Declan Carr and gathered wide on the right by Shaw.
With loads of work to do, Shaw resisted keeping the ball in the corner to run the clock down and getting to the by line, and cut the ball back into the path of substitute Scott Webb who made no mistake, shooting home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Harrowby United: Drury (c), Weatherstone, Clarke, Hill, Carr, Harper, Currall, Peberdy, Floyd (Whyley, 45), Potts (Webb, 72), Shaw.