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First Team - Match centre

Harrow Borough
Harlow Town
A O'Connor  (84')
Full time
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 206


A brace from Anthony O’Connor, one of six Harrow debutants on show, the second of them in the 84th minute, gave Borough a come-from-behind win in the season’s opener at Earlsmead.

O’Connor was alongside Melvin Minter, Adam Richards, new skipper Curtis Ujah and Charles Banya in making their Harrow competitive debuts, manager Steve Baker having rung the changes heavily in the summer after the dramatic nose-dive of the last few weeks of the 2016-17 campaign. And despite excellent form in the pre-season friendlies, for the first 25 minutes or so, Harrow looked like a team who had not met each other until today. Richards made an awful back-header to a long Harlow throw, the ball ending up at Dobson’s feet, but his shot lacked power and Shaun Preddie bundled the ball clear. Another Richards error let in Dadson to fire a dangerous cross which fizzed across the Borough goalmouth without getting a touch. Minter made his first save to stop a long-range effort from Dickens, and Dadson then fired wildly wide when he had more time than he thought.

Harrow finally settled and Will Turl fed O’Connor, who got the ball caught under his feet as he tried to race through on goal. O’Connor then tried an effort from the edge of the box that Hughes in the visiting goal held comfortably. In the 32nd minute, Harlow opened the scoring. Vidal’s inswinging corner from the left was met by a misdirected header from Preddie, the ball going on to Read who netted easily.

To their great credit, Harrow hit back immediately, equalising two minutes later when Kurtis Cumberbatch’s beautiful curling free-kick from the left edge of the Harlow box was met by a glancing O’Connor header. The goal gave Harrow a lift and they looked stronger in the run-up to half-time. Ujah fed Turl but his shot lacked power; Banya stabbed a Michael Bryan cross wide when it reached him at the far post; and Bryan then cut in from the right to hit a left-footer across the goal.

Harlow keeper Hughes appeared to injure his shoulder late in the half, but the Hawks had a second keeper among their substitutes, and his replacement Lee was in action soon after the restart to turn away a shot from Turl. Bryan then made a brilliant run up the left, his dangerous cross headed behind for a corner. Richards was close to redirecting in a Mark McLeod shot at the far post, while at the other end Minter made a good low take from Neita’s dangerous near-post cross. Read burst clear of Ujah and was denied by a fine fingertip save from the Harrow keeper, while Lee was sharply off his line to grab Turl’s flick-on off O’Connor’s toe.

The sixth Harrow debutant was the experienced Richard Pacquette, who replaced Turl in the 78th minute. Muguo skewed a shot wide for Harlow, but Pacquette made his impact in the 84th minute, taking the ball forward to the edge of the Harlow area. He slipped it to his left to Cumberbatch, who redirected it to O’Connor, who controlled it with one touch before thrashing it past Lee for the winner. A late Minter save, and an acrobatic clearance in the follow-up by Ujah, ensured Harrow held on for their first league win since their visit to Sudbury on 18th March.

Harrow now head to Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday, and Leatherhead next Saturday.

HARROW BOROUGH: Melvin Minter, Shaun Preddie, Howard Hall, Adam Richards, Curtis Ujah, Kurtis Cumberbatch, Charles Banya, Mark McLeod (booked, 31 mins), Will Turl (sub Richard Pacquette, 78 mins), Michael Bryan, Anthony O’Connor. Unused subs: Alfie Cain, Tayo Davies-Coker, George Moore

HARLOW TOWN: David Hughes (sub Patrick Lee, h-t), Jared Small, Charlie Dickens, James Baker, Stanley Muguo, Fabion Simms (booked, 36 mins), Junior Dadson, Syrus Gordon, Alex Read, Xavier Vidal (sub Tommie Fagg, 78 mins), Reece Dobson (sub Nigel Neita, 56 mins). Unused subs: Jack Wilkinson, Jimmy Shepherd.

Referee: Mr J Creswick

Att. 206

by Simon Grigor

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Key moments

Goal Anthony O'Connor scores for Harrow Borough


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84:00 Goal 1 - 0
Anthony O'Connor scores for Harrow Borough
79:00 Sub On
Richard Paquette is substituted on for Harrow Borough
79:00 Sub Off
Will Turl is substituted off for Harrow Borough
55:00 Yellow Card
Adam Richards is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
End of period 1
31:00 Yellow Card
Mark McLeod is yellow carded for Harrow Borough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harrow Borough
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Mark McLeod Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Adam Richards Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Will Turl Sub Off 79:00'
  • Richard Paquette Sub On 79:00'
  • Anthony O'Connor Goal 84:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Metropolitan Police 46 66
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57

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