United Counties League
Wisbech Town 0
Harrowby United 1
Harrowby travelled to the home of the Fenmen on Tuesday night knowing that their hosts where unbeaten in eight matches, but managed to produce an excellent team performance upsetting the formbook and taking a much deserved three points to end their seven-game winless streak in the league.
The game’s single goal came deep into the second half when Liam Laidler, on his debut for Harrowby, fired home from a tight angle in the 79th minute.
The Arrows started brightly, forcing early pressure on the Fenmen’s defence, with Scott Webb and Laidler both causing problems. As early as the third minute, Simon Boland’s run and cross found Webb 10 yards out but his left foot effort went inches wide of the post.
On 14 minutes, Wisbech forced the first corner of the game but Matthew Sparrow’s header was easily saved by Craig Rhodes. Minutes later, the home side were awarded a free kick 25 yards out after Hillier brought down the ever dangerous Sparrow, but again Rhodes was up to the task, saving to his right.
Harrowby were awarded a free kick 30 yards out but Webb’s effort cleared the bar. In the dying minutes of the half, Webb chased down the keeper and when the clearance struck him in the chest, the ball went inches wide of the left post.
In the first minute of the second half, Aaron Martin found himself in the referee’s book after a late challenge on Stuart Cobb. The Fenmen applied constant pressure on the Harrowby defence, with Robert Hughes and Luke Wilson chancing their arm but finding Rhodes in the Harrowby goal in good form. They were unlucky on the hour when they finally beat Rhodes to his left but were denied by the woodwork.
Harrowby settled and created chances of their own, Liam Jaques seeing his effort go inches wide and then Webb’s shot was well saved by Butcher.
As the game moved into the last quarter, Jaques found space and released Laidler who rounded the keeper and fired home from a narrow angle to give Harrowby the lead. Minutes later the lead could have been doubled but Butcher again saved well.
With five minutes to go, Harrowby’s Martin was again in trouble with the referee and this time saw his second yellow and then red.
Wisbech pressed hard and in the 88th minute created a great opportunity when William Smith’s shot was well saved by Rhodes low to his left.
Harrowby defended the last few minutes well to earn a valuable and deserved three points.
Kirby Muxloe 5
Harrowby United 0
Harrowby made the trip to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday with the emphasis on youth and the squad depleted by injury.
Their cause was not made any easier when Jonny Hotson in the Harrowby goal injured his knee in the warm-up. Although Harrowby played well for periods of the game, they had no answer for the more experienced home side.
Harrowby started well and created some early chances. Sam Weatherstone’s cross was met by Mitch Dennis but his shot was tame and easily dealt with by the home keeper. Minutes later, Harrowby again opened up the Kirby defence and were unlucky when Lewis Watson’s shot from 20 yards narrowly missed the left post with the keeper nowhere.
As the half progressed, the home side settled and started to create chances and opened the scoring on 25 minutes when Adam Parry tapped home from an Aaron Love cross.
From the restart, Christian Anderson found space and released Weatherstone whose cross was just too hard for Dennis to latch on to.
On 38 minutes, Kirby doubled their lead when Love found space down the right and fired past the stranded Hotson. The home side got their third when Parry bagged his second, again tapping in from closed range.
Harrowby gave a good account of themselves in the second half, with Anderson, Bolland and Dennis having shots well saved, but had no answer to further goals by Wade Ball on 67 minutes and Love on 80.
Harrowby almost scored a consolation goal in the final minute when Bolland’s through ball was met by Dennis, but his effort again narrowly missed the left hand post.