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Staines Town
Harrow Borough
Tue 21 Mar 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 192

Staines Town 0 Harrow Boro 0

Harrow`s planning for this match was thrown into disarray by the late arrival of 3 players, but the makeshift team fought a rearguard action, led by keeper, Luke Williams, to secure a draw at a wet and slippery Wheatsheaf Park.

Travel problems meant that Marc Charles-Smith, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Harry Newman didn`t arrive at the ground until just before kick-off. Steve Baker adjusted the starting line up by fielding Josh Webb at right back, moving Lewis Ochoa into midfield and starting new signing, Tumba Bokula, up front alongside Lewis Driver.

Staines looked more threatening in the early play, with their forwards dominating in the air, particularly down their left wing and at corners. Josh Webb limped off after 17 minutes, replaced by Kurtis Cumberbatch, but Staines continued to have most of the play. The Harrow goal had already had several lucky escapes before in the 25th minute Luke Williams made a brilliant save to tip the ball round the foot of the post following a Staines free kick. A minute later he had to sprint off his line to win a crunching 50-50 tackle with a marauding Staines forward. Harrow had a couple of half chances in the first half, notably a shot from Lomas which went over the corner of the post and 2 right wing crosses which were scrambled away by the Staines defence.

If H1 contained little of attacking note from Harrow, the second half was even worse, with Turner in the Staines goal having little to do, leaving him plenty of time to chat to the Harrow fans behind the goal. His main problem was the position of a floodlight to his right, which was blinding him when he had to take the occasional Harrow cross from that side. Staines again had most of the action, enjoying particular success down the left wing, but Williams made further outstanding saves and Shaun Preddie was impressive in the middle. Staines did find the net twice, but from offside positions and also had a header cleared off the line. So Harrow secured a point in a match that won`t live long in your reporter`s memory, except for Williams` saves, and where the most notable action came from the pole dancing practice in the adjoining sports club.

STAINES TOWN: Jack Turner, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Makhosini Khanye, Wadah Ahmidi (booked, 41 mins), Afolabi Coker, Tommy Brewer, Daniel Brown (sub Jonathan Hippolyte, 75 mins), Adrian Clifton, Mohamed Bettamer, Tom Collins, Max Worsfold. Unused subs: Bayley Brown, Mitchal Gough, Devante McKain, Ryan Case

HARROW BOROUGH: Luke Williams, Lewis Ochoa, Andy Lomas, Shaun Preddie, Michael Peacock, Joshua Webb, Francis Babalola, Josh Webb (sub Kurtis Cumberbatch, 17 mins; booked, 39 mins), Tumba Bokula (sub Harry Newman, 61 mins), Lewis Driver (sub Marc Charles-Smith, 45 mins), Michael Bryan. Unused sub: Jemel Laazizi

Referee: Mr J Paterson

Att. 192

By Richrad Dyatt

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Luke Williams keeps a clean sheet for Harrow Borough
57:00 Sub Off
Tumba Bokula is substituted off for Harrow Borough
57:00 Sub On
Harry Newman is substituted on for Harrow Borough
46:00 Sub Off
Lewis Driver is substituted off for Harrow Borough
46:00 Sub On
Marc Charles-Smith is substituted on for Harrow Borough
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Kurtis Cumberbatch is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
17:00 Sub Off
Josh Webb is substituted off for Harrow Borough
17:00 Sub On
Kurtis Cumberbatch is substituted on for Harrow Borough
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  • Staines Town
  • Harrow Borough
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  • Josh Webb Sub Off 17:00'
  • Kurtis Cumberbatch Sub On 17:00'
  • Kurtis Cumberbatch Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Lewis Driver Sub Off 46:00'
  • Marc Charles-Smith Sub On 46:00'
  • Tumba Bokula Sub Off 57:00'
  • Harry Newman Sub On 57:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Staines Town 41 53
13. Worthing 41 53
14. Harrow Borough 40 52
15. Metropolitan Police 41 50
16. Merstham 38 47
17. Canvey Island 41 47
18. Folkestone Invicta 41 46

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