HARROW BOROUGH 2 WORTHING 2
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
by Simon Grigor