Arrows March On In FA Vase.
Harrowby United 4 St Andrews 1.
Harrowby United welcomed St Andrews, from the Aylestone area of Leicester, to Dickens Road for an FA Vase second round qualifying round tie on a pleasant Saturday afternoon. The visitors, this season moved across to the United Counties League Premier Division from the Midland Football League have had a mixed start to the season lying towards the lower end of the division.
The ‘Saints’ started the game brightly and a move down the right in the second minute brought the games first scoring opportunity as the ball was moved inside to Mason Brown who wasted the chance, shooting over the bar in a good position. The visitors then enjoyed a period of good possession but failed to turn it into chances until the twenty second minute when a through ball found Kurtes Whyte out wide who played a low cross into the penalty area which caused indecision in the Arrows defence. The ball found it’s way to Ennis Fyffe who curled a shot inches past the right hand post.
Only a minute later Harrowby created their first chance when a long ball forward was bravely headed forward by Richemone Sylla
who took a kick to the head but ran onto the ball and fired a shot narrowly wide.
Saints took the lead just before the half hour mark when Harrowby again conceded possession cheaply in midfield and the ball was played out to the right. The low cross that followed was picked up by by Lewis Hill just inside the penalty area and he fired a low right foot shot into the net giving Arrows custodian Sam Andrew
St Andrews ended the half in the ascendancy, Hill bringing a good save from Andrew who pushed away a shot from the edge of the box. Two minutes from the break Kyrie Foster out paced Arrows full back Felix Hogg
before crossing for Brown who was denied a goal by a superb block tackle from Tawanda Bilson at the expense of a corner.
Both sides huffed and puffed at the start of the second half without creating anything clear cut. As the hour mark approached Saints Daniel Kitching fired in a shot that was pushed away by Andrew for a corner. Debutant Jurelle Phillip
replaced Joe Briers
for the Arrows and the change immediately inspired an equalizer. Harrowby played a dangerous ball into the penalty area which the visitors failed to clear and Joel Carta
took advantage to fire a rasping right foot shot through a crowd of players and into the net.
The leveller took the stuffing out of a tired looking St Andrews and they conceded a second in the sixty fourth minute when Glyn Cotton
, supporting the attack from midfield, found space in the penalty area to slot the ball past Liam Richards in goal for the Saints although the keeper will be disappointed not to have done better as the shot was very close to him. From this point it was all Harrowby and Cotton brought a smart save from Richards, diving low to his left in the sixty seventh minute. Five minutes later a poor back pass from Fyffe was intercepted by Arrows Sam Grouse
who took the ball on before his low shot was saved by Richards at his near post.
Harrowby’s third goal arrived after seventy five minutes when a long ball forward was flicked on by substitute Luke Peberdy
to a suspiciously offside looking Grouse. The Arrows livewire raced in on goal and fired a low shot which was parried by Richards but knocked into the net by Bruno Holden
from the edge of the six yard box.
With a minute left on the clock Harrowby added a fourth when a long ball forward was chased down by Holden who retrieved the ball out wide and dragged it back to Grouse who smashed the ball home to secure victory for the Arrows.
In the end it was an emphatic win for the Harrowby after a much improved second half performance which was rewarded with a place in the next round away ay Rugby Town.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
, John Currall
, Felix Hogg
, Tawanda Bilson, Ash Miles (c), Joe Briers
60), Joel Carta
, Glyn Cotten, Richemone Sylla
69), Bruno Holden
89), Sam Grouse
Sub not used:- Jack Whyley