Sports prove too strong but fightback seals point
Peterborough Sports 4
Harrowby United 0
Early pacesetters Peterborough Sports comfortably beat Harrowby United 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Oliver Medwynter netted a brace for the hosts, while former Boston United and Stamford defender Richard Jones and Lewis Webb also got on the scoresheet.
The result leaves Sports on top of the United Counties League Premier Division table, having won all three of their opening fixtures, scoring 13 times and also drubbing Gorleston 8-0 in their FA Cup contest.
It was the Arrows’ first defeat of the season.
The Arrows got off to the worst start possible, conceding in the second minute.
Things did not get any better and they found themselves 3-0 down in the first 20 minutes.
The Arrows battled well from then on and were unlucky when they conceded a fourth goal in the second half.
Harrowby United 2
ON Chenecks 2
Harrowby United shared the points with newly-promoted Northampton ON Chenecks on Saturday - but they were made to do it the hard way.
The Arrows were two goals and a man down at the interval, following Jack Whyley’s straight red.
But the hosts again produced a spirited second half performance, and a brace from Calum Wilkinson ensured they added the to the three points picked up on the opening day of the UCL Premier season against Boston Town.
Early exchanges were even.
But when chances came along the best ones went Harrowby’s way, Wilkinson seeing his shot blocked and Liam Jaques’ powerful effort easily gathered by Janis Lauskinieks in the visitors’ goal.
Harrowby were made to pay on 20 minutes when Whyley’s headed back pass was intercepted by Ashley Ogden, who calmly rounded Craig Rhodes to score from a tight angle.
The visitors could have extended their lead when Sam Watkins headed over from close range.
Harrowby thought they had equalised on the half hour as Stefan Bilyks’ cross found Jaques in space, but the keeper’s outstretched hand guided the ball around the post.
A minute later Harrowby found themselves 2-0 down after not dealing with the keeper’s long kick, Ben Foster latching onto the loose ball and firing past Rhodes from 20 yards.
Harrowby had chances to reduce the arrears but could not find the clinical finish, and with the half drawing to a close Whyley’s challenge on Foster was punished with a straight red card.
Harrowby started the second period in a positive mood with Wilkinson, Bilyk and Joe Braithwaite going close, but their best chance fell to Matty Clarke, who also found Lauskinieks in great form.
After 65 minutes the visitors created two great chances, firstly Rhodes saved Ogden’s effort and two minutes later he denied Foster with a great one-handed save.
In the 76th minute, Harrowby reduced the arrears as Clarke’s free kick was glanced on by Wilkinso, giving the keeper no chance.
Chenecks responded well, forcing a number of corners, but Harrowby dealt with the onslaught.
United pressed again, and when Sean Woolley’s strong run was halted with his shirt being pulled in the box, referee Lee Hartley pointed to the spot.
Wilkinson made no mistake, firing home the equaliser from 12 yards.
The last 10 minutes were a nervous affair for both teams.
However, Harrowby will feel very pleased with their second-half performance.