Harrowby United suffer second defeat in four days

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United Counties League

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Thrapston Town 2

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Harrowby United suffered their second defeat in four days in what was definitely a game of two halves at Thrapston Town on Tuesday night.

Harrowby dominated in the first half and caused the Thrapston defence all sorts of problems. And they could have gone in front three times within the space of a few minutes inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Martin Wormall’s flicked header let in Lee Shaw who opted for power rather than placement and saw his shot smash against the cross bar and bounce away to safety. Less than a minute later, Tom Vorley sent Shaw racing into the penalty area only to see his shot beat the home keeper Liam Fox but strike the foot of the post and stay out. Not long after, a Kahmeel Spence header, from a corner kick, was saved by a stretching Fox at the foot of his right hand post.

The Arrows did go in front after 27 minutes when a through-ball led to a 50-50 challenge between Wormall and custodian Fox just inside the Thrapston penalty area. The Harrowby striker reacted first to the loose ball and kept his nerve to steer into the net as defenders closed in.

After 38 minutes, a fine run down the left by Shaw ended when he laid the ball back to John Currall on the edge of the area. The new signing from Bourne Town got a shot away but the effort was too close to Fox and saved comfortably.

The game was turned on its head in the second half as the home side pinned Harrowby back for long periods and the Arrows were thankful to young keeper Aiden Hotchin for keeping them in the game with a string of saves.

On 65 minutes, he kept out a shot by virtue of the ball deflecting off his head as he made himself as big an obstacle as possible. Two minutes later, he saved well with his feet as he closed down another Thrapston attack.

In a rare second half attack from the Arrows, a free kick was controlled on his chest by Wormall and volleyed goalwards, bringing another good save from Fox.

After hitting the cross bar on 75 minutes, the home side only had to wait another minute for their equaliser. A free kick was played into the Arrows area and fell nicely for Thrapston’s top scorer Luke Cummins to fire home from six yards out.

A minute later, a ball into the Harrowby six-yard box was palmed away by man-of-the-match Hotchin but hit the unfortunate Spence and ended up in the back of the net as an own goal.

Harrowby did manage to create a couple of late chances whist trying to salvage a point. A diagonal free kick into the area was crossed back to the far post by Jack Whyley, finding Wormall whose shot from an acute angle was deflected wide.

With 90 minutes on the clock, Wormall did well down the left before crossing along the goal line where Shaw was just unable to apply a finishing touch. One final effort two minutes into stoppage time saw substitute Scott get a shooting chance which was beaten away by Fox.

Harrowby United: Hotchin, Hill, Vorley, Spence, Whyley (c), Currall {Wilson, 68}, Jaques {Lee, 88}, Kirton, Harper {Webb, 83}, Wormall, Shaw. Subs: Peberdy, Weatherstone.