Harrowby United extend unbeaten opening run

Harrowby United man-of-the-match Liam Jaques.
Harrowby United man-of-the-match Liam Jaques.
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United Counties League

Division One

Harrowby United 4

Woodford United 0

Harrowby United extended their opening unbeaten start to the league campaign to eight games with a comfortable victory against basement side Woodford United.

The game’s first chance fell to the visitors from Northamptonshire when a right wing cross was headed over the bar from a good position. The Arrows’ first opportunity came after six minutes when good work down the left by Tom Vorley and Lee Shaw created an opening for Jamie Preston who shot straight at Woodford stopper Domenico Roggero.

The home side nearly went ahead after 28 minutes when a great run down the right by Liam Harper saw him square to Wormall whose shot narrowly cleared the crossbar. Shaw had a great chance to open the Arrows’ account just after the half hour mark, but on getting into the penalty area, delayed his shot and allowed Woodford skipper Steve Grimley to snuff out the danger.

Further chances came Harrowby’s way but it was still all square at the break.

The home side gained the ascendancy straight from the off in the second period and raced into a two-goal lead within two minutes of the restart. Skipper Simon Bolland picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Woodford penalty area and slotted a low shot past Roggero.

The second came a minute later with a composed finish from Shaw, firing home from the right side of the area. A third goal arrived in the 73rd minute from Bobby Lee who produced a cool finish inside the penalty area after a good move between substitute Michael Neaverson and Shaw created the opening.

Five minutes later, Wormall added Harrowby’s fourth when he robbed a Woodford defender before calmly slotting past a helpless Roggero.

Making his senior competitive debut from the bench, under-17 player Billy Gray set up a shooting chance for Jack Whyley in the last minute, but his curling effort from the left edge of the area went marginally wide of the right hand post.

Man of the match was Liam Jaques and match ball sponsor was Hits Consultancy.

Harrowby United: Drury, Harper, Vorley (Gibson, 67), Kirton, Whyley, Lee (Gray, 78), Jaques, Bolland (c), Preston (Neaverson, 72), Wormall, Shaw. Subs not used: Johns, Hotchin.

+ Harrowby United’s next match is in the FA Vase on Saturday when they visit Peterborough North Star. Kick-off is 3pm with coach travel available from the Dickens Road ground at noon, £5 per seat.