Arrows Exit County Cup.
Bourne Town 3 Harrowby United 2.
Harrowby United visited Abbey Lawns, home of Bourne Town on a pleasant Tuesday evening, for the second time this season and a second cup tie between the two teams . Having won there in the League KO Cup at the end of August, Harrowby knew the Wakes would be looking for revenge in this County Cup tie.
The home side were in the ascendancy from the off and were very unfortunate not to go in front in the fifth minute. Progressing through midfield into the penalty area, a massive scramble ensued which saw a couple of shots blocked before Jack Humphries hit the right hand post and the ball was cleared. A minute later Humphries combined well with Jordan Avis before shooting just past the post as Bourne dominated the early stages. After twelve minutes sloppy play in midfield by Harrowby led to possession being conceded and Avis shot just over the bar.
Bourne pushed numbers forward in search of the goal their early dominance deserved but were nearly caught cold as a root one punt forward from Arrows keeper Sam Andrew was flicked on by Bruno Holden finding Sam Grouse whose low shot was well saved by Alex Brown between the sticks for the Wakes.
With ten minutes remaining until the break, Harrowby went ahead against the run of play thanks to a fine individual goal from Grouse who, picking the ball up wide on the right, cut inside leaving a trail of defenders behind him before slotting home past a helpless Brown.
Bourne piled on the pressure as the half drew to a close and first Jezz Goldson-Williams got on the end of a free kick into the box but had his shot blocked by Tawanda Bilson, then with a minute left until the interval another free kick into the Arrows box was sliced by Felix Hogg and fell to John Cooke in space at the back post. The Wakes defender rushed his shot firing his effort over the cross bar.
With seconds remaining until the half time whistle Bourne continued to press and were rewarded with an equalizer when they created a shooting opportunity for Goldson-Williams. His first effort was blocked but he rebound rifled home inside Andrew’s right hand post.
The second half continued as the first. Bourne created an early chance for Goldson-Williams who shot just wide from the left edge of the penalty area.
Harrowby went close in the fifty first minute when a fine ball out wide from debutant Glyn Cotton found Grouse who drilled a low ball across the goal which just eluded a stretching Joel Carta. Grouse fired just over the bar just after the hour mark as the game became more open with chances at both ends. On sixty four minutes Andrews saved with his feet from Goldson-Williams who three minutes later received a ball into his feet in the area. He turned his marker Ash Miles and fired in a shot which was blocked, Harrowby failed to clear their lines and the ball again found Goldson-Williams who this time was unlucky to see his shot strike the right hand upright.
With twenty minutes remaining Bourne took the lead as some awful defending presented them with a goal. With no danger in sight Labbate passed the ball along their back line but failed to spot substitute Tom Cardell who intercepted the under hit pass and took the ball on before passing inside to a grateful Goldson-Williams, who side footed home from six yards out.
Incredibly Bourne returned the favour with ten minutes remaining. A long ball from Hogg was completely misjudged by the home defence allowing the ball through to Grouse who finished smartly from close range, levelling the score at two each.
There was drama to come and as the game entered the third minute of stoppage time and looked set for a penalty shootout, Bourne carved out one last opening when the ball was fed out to the right to Avis who whipped in a teasing cross which was inadvertently headed into his own goal by Miles to give the home team a winning goal which on reflection they absolutely deserved on the night.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew, John Currall, Roberto Labbate (Luke Peberdy71) Tawanda Bilson (Jack Whyley 85), Ash Miles (c), Joe Briers (Richemone Sylla 71), Glyn Cotton, Felix Hogg, Sam Grouse Bruno Holden, Joel Carta.