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
By Richrad Dyatt