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Harrow Borough
F Babalola  (4'), M Charles-Smith (42')
Full time
Sat 11 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 194


Rather like the home draw with Canvey Island in January, it won’t really be until the end of the season that Harrow fans can decide if this was a point gained or two points lost.

Harrow could have been three or four ahead of their Sussex visitors after 25 minutes, but could also have lost the match to a late Worthing header that crashed off the crossbar.

Josh Webb and Sahr Kabba had minor knocks and were only fit enough for seats on the bench. On a beautiful mild March afternoon, Harrow got off to a flying start and went ahead in the fourth minute when Michael Bryan and George Nicholas combined to find Francis Babalola, whose sweet low 25-strike found the bottom corner of the net.

Worthing scuffed an opening before Babalola missed a far easier opportunity than the one he had taken, when Bryan broke into the box on the left, but the Harrow winger lifted his delivery over the bar from close in. Marc Charles-Smith shot past the near post from Nicholas’s right-wing cross, and Babalola was close again when he headed Kurtis Cumberbatch’s corner against the bar, the follow-up seeing Shaun Preddie’s rising drive go across the goalmouth.

However, Worthing equalised in the 29th minute when a left-wing break culminated in a ball into the near post which Williamson deftly lifted past Luke Williams. The Harrow keeper then had to make a good save from Clark, who had twisted past two defenders, before Harrow went back in front in the 41st minute. Despite being on the deck, Lewis Driver got the ball wide to Andy Lomas, and Charles-Smith arrived between two visiting defenders to finish off his cross. It was his first goal of 2017.

Borough got through the recently-calamitous first couple of minutes of the second half, but in the 58th minute the visitors levelled again. Williams went up in a crowd for a left-wing cross, but spilled the ball, and Summers took advantage to score. Harrow protests that there had been a foul looked optimistic and in any case were futile.

Babalola fired over from Driver’s pass, and Charles-Smith headed over from Lewis Ochoa’s cross, Hendon shooting over at the other end following sloppy play by Nicholas. Thorp saved Charles-Smith’s near post flick from Harry Newman’s cross, and then held a back-header from his own player as a Cumberbatch corner caused problems. Charles-Smith headed over from Cumberbatch’s cross but the closing minutes saw the visitors looking the more likely to score. First, Williams held Clark’s shot, and then a left-wing cross saw a header crash off the bar.

A bizarre end to the game, which appeared to have been played in a perfectly amicable spirit, saw three Harrow players pick up yellow cards for arguing in the final minute and after the final whistle.
After this game against the team at the foot of the current form table, comes another home game on Tuesday evening, against the team at the top of both the form table and, as of today, the league table, Havant & Waterlooville. Harrow are so unpredictable at present that anything is possible.

HARROW BOROUGH: Luke Williams, Lewis Ochoa, Andy Lomas (booked, 81 mins), Shaun Preddie, Steve Brown (booked, 76 mins), Kurtis Cumberbatch, Francis Babalola (booked, 90 mins), George Nicholas (sub Harry Newman, 68 mins; booked, 90 mins), Marc Charles-Smith (booked, 90 mins), Lewis Driver (sub Sahr Kabba, 68 mins), Michael Bryan. Unused subs: Josh Webb, Jemel Laazizi.

WORTHING: Kieron Thorp, Will Hendon, Sam Rents, Kane Wills, Jack Cook, Corey Heath, Charlie Williamson (sub Mike Waller, 61 mins; sub David Herbert, 86 mins), Ross Edwards (sub Brannon O’Neil, 61 mins), Dan Summers, Louis Clark, Harvey Sparks. Unused subs: Ethan Bellward, Henry Watson.

Referee: Mr S Lewis

Att. 194

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Key moments

Goal Francis Babalola scores for Harrow Borough
Goal Marc Charles-Smith scores for Harrow Borough


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90:00 Yellow Card
Francis Babalola is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
90:00 Yellow Card
Marc Charles-Smith is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
90:00 Yellow Card
George Nicholas is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
81:00 Yellow Card
Andy Lomas is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
76:00 Yellow Card
Steve Brown is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
68:00 Sub Off
George Nicholas is substituted off for Harrow Borough
68:00 Sub Off
Lewis Driver is substituted off for Harrow Borough
68:00 Sub On
Harry Newman is substituted on for Harrow Borough
68:00 Sub On
Sahr Kabba is substituted on for Harrow Borough
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 2 - 0
Marc Charles-Smith scores for Harrow Borough
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Francis Babalola scores for Harrow Borough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harrow Borough
  • Worthing
  • 0
  • Francis Babalola Goal 4:00'
  • Marc Charles-Smith Goal 42:00'
  • George Nicholas Sub Off 68:00'
  • Lewis Driver Sub Off 68:00'
  • Harry Newman Sub On 68:00'
  • Sahr Kabba Sub On 68:00'
  • Steve Brown Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Andy Lomas Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Francis Babalola Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Marc Charles-Smith Yellow Card 90:00'
  • George Nicholas Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Hendon 46 54
19. Burgess Hill Town 46 54
20. Merstham 46 53
21. Harrow Borough 46 53
22. Canvey Island 46 52
23. AFC Sudbury 46 46
24. Grays Athletic 46 38

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