Second pre-season victory for Harrowby United

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Harrowby United recorded a second pre-season campaign friendly win at Dickens Road on Saturday.

The Arrows enjoyed a 4-1 victory over Eastern Counties League side Blaby and Whetstone Athletic, with goals coming from a Liam Harper hat trick and Craig Wilson.

Blaby, to their credit, travelled over from Leicester with a few players missing but still provided decent opposition and both sides benefited from a good workout.

Earlier in the day, Harrowby’s under-17s acquitted themselves well against Lincs League side Grantham AFC, going down narrowly 3-2 to a late goal.

l Harrowby lost by the odd goal in three to United Counties League Premier Division outfit Boston Town at Tattershall Road on Tuesday night.

In a very competitive pre-season game, the first half was an even affair with a very direct Boston forcing the pace, but the Arrows troubled them on the break, bringing two fine saves from keeper Ricky Drury.

The only goal of the half came when a cross to the far left hand side post was headed in off the post by Ollie Maltby.

Harrowby were far from overawed by their one step higher opponents and got themselves level on the hour mark through skipper Simon Bolland who burst into the Boston penalty area to reach a through-ball first and neatly finish past the advancing Drury.

Boston’s winner came after 72 minutes when a corner headed out by Jack Whyley was fired through a crowd of players, leaving Jack Drury in the Harrowby goal unsighted.

The Arrows looked for an equaliser and went close a couple of times through Lee Shaw who dragged a shot just past the post and Dan Reidy whose powerful shot from 25 yards was tipped over the bar by Drury.

l United’s pre-season continues on Saturday when they entertain Central Midlands League side Newark Town at The Environcom Stadium. Kick-off 3pm.