There were changes aplenty from the side that had been held at home by Aveley on Saturday. Wayne Walters returned from suspension to lead the side; there were debuts for Manny Williams
at right-back and striker Troy Powell-Quarry
, and first starts for left back Garry Jones
and midfielder Papa Agyemang
Agyemang’s early 25-yarder was held by Laurencin, Williams heading clear under pressure at the other end. A good Christian Nanetti cross was just in front of the incoming Powell-Quarry, and Nanetti had a 20-yarder saved. But Harrow had an early warning that dominating the passing was not a guarantee of their being the ones to break the deadlock when Ngoyi’s header came back off the post into the arms of a grateful Nick Pope. Pope then made a diving save when Archer overlapped on the right and put in a dangerous cross-shot.
Hendon went ahead after 42 minutes. Cousins was allowed time on the left to size up an outswinging cross. The stretching Pope punched it clear, but Diedhiou picked up the ball on the edge of the box and lofted it back over the Harrow custodian.
The second half opened with Jon-Jo Bates playing in Powell-Quarry in the inside right position. His very weak shot did not trouble Laurencin and he was substituted shortly afterwards, as was the disappointing Nanetti. But before then Hendon doubled their lead, Cousins and Godfrey working a corner routine that ended with McCluskey getting far too much space to head powerfully home, after 50 minutes.
Laurencin saved from Bates, before Borough pulled a goal back after 67 minutes. Walters was thrown to the ground when contesting Lee Wootton
’s free-kick, and Jones found the corner of the net from the spot. Borough could well have had a second penalty a few minutes later when Daniel McGonigle was felled in the act of shooting, but referee Saliy saw it as an offence by the Harrow midfielder, to the bemusement of the Harrow following.
Busby shot over for the Dons, who scored a third after 81 minutes. The ball was headed forward and Rankin shook off Walters to rifle the ball past Pope.
The game had moved into stoppage-time when Harrow got their second. Williams found McGonigle whose shot was parried by Laurencin into the path of Lawrence who poached from close range. But the remaining moments did not give Harrow time to build an attempt to equalise.