HARROW BOROUGH 2 KINGSTONIAN 0
Back to back wins & two clean sheets for Boro this week has the Earlsmead faithful smiling.
Harrow consolidated their position among the chasing pack with a hard-fought win over the Ks, a Reiss Stanislaus brace in two first half minutes proving to be the difference between the sides. It was the second win of the week at Earlsmead, coming on the heels of Tuesday’s 3-0 success against Wingate & Finchley, and a second successive clean sheet to boot.
Howard Hall returned at right-back, with George Moore moving forward to occupy a wide midfield berth. The unavailable Taurean Roberts was the player who made way. The game started at a cracking pace with action at each end. A neat Harrow build-up ended with Charles Banya setting up Moore who fired over, before Haysman turned inside to fire over for the visitors. A through-ball saw Banya clear of the Kingstonian defence. He got to it just before outrushing keeper Tolfrey but scooped the ball wide. Kingstonian then produced a near build-up on the right, and when the cross was half-cleared, Taylor picked up the ball but drove it over. Adam Richards made a fine tackle to stop Mbo, before Stanislaus saw his shot deflect wide after good work from Moore and Kurtis Cumberbatch. Page blocked a Moore shot, and Melvin Minter produced a fine save to tip over Mbo’s shot.
Fiddes got away to cut in on goal, but a save from Minter and a good clearance by Arinse Uade stopped the danger. Play switched immediately to the other end and Banya was through on goal, but shot weakly and Tolfrey saved. Hearts were in Harrow mouths when Shaun Preddie went in two-footed on Fiddes: other referees might have pulled out a red card, but Mr Gill saw the challenge as meriting a yellow only. Gough headed the resulting free-kick, swung in by Little, narrowly wide.
Michael Bryan fed Stanislaus, his shot on the turn saved by Tolfrey, before Harrow went in front. An awful back-pass by Little sold his keeper and fellow defenders way short, and Banya was on to the ball. Well inside the penalty area, he was tripped by Page as he shaped to shoot. Page saw red, and Stanislaus dispatched the penalty.
That was after 32 minutes and the lead doubled two minutes later. Kingstonian did not appear to attempt to reorganise to compensate for the loss of a centre-back, and when Shaun Preddie drove into the penalty area on the right, he picked out Stanislaus at the near post, and the striker turned sharply to beat Tolfrey at the second attempt.
Uade made a fine block to stop Fiddes halving the deficit as half-time approached. The visitors hadn’t given up hope, and Minter saved at the feet of Mbo early in the second half. Stanislaus headed over from a Moore corner, and Tolfrey batted away Banya’s shot. Moore put a long-range free-kick narrowly over, and Tolfrey saved from Stanislaus, but Ks came close in an almighty scramble in the home goalmouth before Minter fell on the ball. Tolfrey saved Preddie’s shot from the edge of the box, before Haysman headed Fiddes’s cross back across goal, the ball hitting the post and rebounding clear. There was a sense that Harrow were managing their lead but that a Ks goal could change things dramatically. A long throw saw Minter saving at Taylor’s feet, before Richards and Minter combined to keep out Derry. A fine double save from Tolfrey foiled substitute Anthony O’Connor at the death.
With a free midweek ahead to recharge batteries, Harrow leapt over their visitors to move fifth in the table.
HARROW BOROUGH: Melvin Minter, Howard Hall, Arinse Uade, Adam Richards, Curtis Ujah, Shaun Preddie, George Moore (sub Mark McLeod, 77 mins; booked, 79 mins), Kurtis Cumberbatch, Reis Stanislaus (sub Richard Pacquette, 81 mins), Charles Banya, Michael Bryan (booked, 50 mins; sub Anthony O’Connor, 81 mins). Unused subs: Alfie Cain, Will Turl.
KINGSTONIAN: Rob Tolfrey, Paul Rodgers, Toby Little (sub Smith Tiesse, h-t), Manolis Gogonas, Sam Page (sent off, 31 mins), Mitchell Gough, Alec Fiddes (sub Tom Derry, 85 mins), Lewis Taylor (booked, 86 mins), Noel Mbo, James Fraser (sub Aaron Goode, h-t), Kane Haysman. Unused subs: Tom Collins, Sam Alderson.
Referee: Mr B Gill
by Simon Grigor