Ten-man Harrowby United win keeps promotion bid on track

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United Counties League

Division One

Bugbrooke St Michaels 1

Harrowby United 3

Harrowby United collected a valuable three points on the road, despite playing for nearly an hour with 10 men, to keep their promotion push alive with five games to play.

The in-form home side took an early lead when, after six minutes, a long ball upfield found its way to Will Briscoe who advanced into the penalty area before slotting the ball past Jack Drury in the Harrowby goal.

The Badgers’ lead was short lived as the Arrows levelled things up within a minute. Sam Kirton played a fine ball down the left flank to Scott Webb who moved it on quickly to Lee Shaw. Shaw cut inside and fired inside the near post, giving keeper Alex Coleman no chance.

Things were contested evenly for the rest of the half although Harrowby were denied by a good save from Coleman who got down well to thwart Shaw as he attempted to round the keeper. From the resulting corner, Luke Peberdy’s free header went over the crossbar.

It was Peberdy’s last contribution to the game as two minutes later, referee Mr Connolly produced a straight red card to the Arrows wide man after a late crude tackle.

The Arrows’ 10 men showed great character and took the lead with the second half only two minutes old. A ball out of defence was picked up by Shaw who made great strides down the right before playing inside to Liam Jaques. Jaques met the pass with a first time shot past Coleman for his first goal of the season.

The home side pressed for an equaliser but were kept at bay by a solid Arrows defensive unit. Harrowby always looked dangerous on the break and, after 67 minutes, Shaw created a shooting chance for Bobby Lee which was deflected behind for a corner. Webb’s ball in found its way to Sam Hill whose scrambled shot was kept out by Badgers left back Gavin Nullatamby.

Five minutes later, John Currall whipped a teasing free kick into the Bugbrooke penalty area and Coleman produced the save of the game, clawing away a goalbound header from his own player, centre back Oliver Garafalo.

With nine minutes remaining, Webb hit the foot of the right hand post from the left edge of the penalty area.

The points were secured with four minutes to play when the ball was played into Martin Wormall’s feet, just inside the box. The Arrows striker turned and moved the ball away from his marker to fire a low shot into the corner of the net.

Harrowby United: Drury, Currall, Kirton, Hill, Whyley (c), Peberdy, Jaques, Lee, Webb (Weatherstone, 84), Wormall, Shaw. Sub not used: Gibson.