Harrowby United avenge early season defeat
United Counties League
Harrowby United 5
Boston Town 2
Harrowby United avenged an early season defeat against Lincolnshire neighbours Boston Town with an accomplished performance.
The Poachers started the game at a high tempo and bossed the early stages, starving the Arrows of possession but failing to trouble the Harrowby goal.
The game was turned on its head in the 11th minute when a Harrowby free kick from just inside the Boston half was played in from the right and met by a sweet right foot volley from Scott Webb which flew past James Doughty in the Poachers goal, to give Harrowby the lead against the run of play.
The visitors levelled in the 14th minute when a corner was misjudged by Arrows custodian Jonny Hotson and headed home from inside the six yard box by Richard Ford.
Parity was short lived as Harrowby regained the lead two minutes later when a corner from the left was headed home by a stooping Sam Hill, the ball finding the corner of the net through a crowd of players.
Harrowby’s purple patch continued as only a minute later a lovely ball from midfield by debutant Fraser Bayliss set Simon Bolland away down the Arrows right. Bolland’s right foot shot was well parried by Doughty but Callum Wilkinson, following up, stroked the ball home to give Harrowby a two goal advantage.
Five minutes later the home side’s lead was increased with the goal of the game. A deep cross from the right was met by an absolute screamer from Webb, firing home an absolute missile from 25 yards out which fizzed past a helpless Doughty and into the roof of the net.
Just past the half hour mark the lead could have been increased as the ball pinballed around inside Town’s penalty area, Doughty making a fine save before a blocked rebound effort was hacked clear. Webb was inches away from a hat trick on the stroke of half time when he latched on to a through-ball marginally in front of an advancing Doughty, only to see his lob bounce on the six yard box and settle on the roof of the net.
A game Boston side refused to give up and started the second half brightly, although after a good 10 minute spell fell further behind as resolute defending from Arrows centre back Jack Whyley saw him twice deny attempts at goal before the the ball was played forward to the ever alert Danny Durkin who on the break took the ball on before firing home Harrowby’s fifth, the ball taking a slight deflection as it found the net.
Man-of-the-match Webb did well to set up Bayliss in the 66th minute although the Harrowby wide man’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.
Boston refused to give up and were rewarded in the 67th minute when striker Alex Beck found himself space on the right side of the Arrows penalty area and drove a low shot past Hotson to reduce the arrears.
Harrowby’s defensive unit then shut up shop to see out the game and make it five wins in their last six outings, giving them great confidence ahead of their FA Vase game at AFC Wulfrunians.
Harrowby United: Hotson, Bolland, Watson, Whyley, Stubbs (c), Webb (Wilcocks, 70), Hill, Hillier, Bayliss (Currall, 82), Wilkingson (Stainfield, 61), Durkin.
l It could be history in the making on Saturday when a tough trip to AFC Wulfrunians could see Harrowby progress to the FA Vase 2nd round proper for the first time in the club’s history.