Arrows Progress Into The Quarter Finals Of KO Cup.
Raunds Town 0 Harrowby United 1.
Harrowby United travelled to Northamptonshire for a midweek League Cup Knockout fixture at Raunds Town, coming away with a satisfying single goal victory against the UCL Division One leaders.
Fortunately the strong winds from the tail end of hurricane Ophelia had avoided this part of the country leaving a pleasant evening for football.
The ‘Shopmates’ settled quickly and created an early ninth minute chance for Mason Thomas whose low shot was well saved by Sam Andrew
in the Harrowby goal. Three minutes later Dave Townsend fired a shot just wide as the home side enjoyed a good positive start.
The Arrows grew into the game after weathering the early pressure and were unfortunate not to go in front after twenty five minutes. Joel Carta
had the ball played into his feet on the edge of the Raunds penalty before cleverly turning his marker and slipping the ball through to Arrows top scorer Sam Grouse
. The youngster took a touch before firing a low shot that looked bound for the bottom corner only to be superbly saved by an out stretched leg of Raunds keeper Sam Innes.
Innes was tested again in the thirty eighth minute when a throw into the box from Jurelle Phillip
was met by the head of Carta but comfortably collected by the keeper.
The Arrows began the second half with a real purpose less and than five minutes in were denied by the woodwork. A deep corner found it’s way to Carta who took a touch before firing in a shot that cannoned away off the crossbar.
The game’s all important goal came on the hour mark when a Phillip shot was cleared away as far as Tawanda Bilson who delivered the ball back into the danger area. The ball was gathered by Carta whose touch gave him the time and space to pick his spot firing past Innes with a cool finish.
On sixty nine minutes Harrowby almost doubled their advantage as Carta took the ball into the box from out on the left, fired in a low shot that was blocked, Grouse picked up the rebound and had his effort charged down in the crowded penalty area before a third shot from Richemone Sylla
went just wide. Now in the ascendancy the Arrows created another good chance on seventy seven minutes when a good ball out wide to the right found the energetic Bilson who cut inside and fired in a shot that was deflected behind. From the resultant corner Jack Whyley
rose highest but his powerful header cleared the crossbar by just a few inches.
Raunds after a triple substitution went in search of an equalizer and with five minutes remaining played a long ball forward which was latched onto by Townsend. The strikers shot beat Andrew but was kept out by a great covering block from Harrowby Captain John Currall
. The ball dropped invitingly in the six yard box but an excellent sliding challenge from Felix Hogg
cleared the danger at the expense of a corner. The solid Arrows defence held firm in the face of Raunds late pressure to be rewarded at the final whistle with a home tie against the winners of Holbeach United or Buckingham Town.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
, John Currall
(c), Jack Havron
, Jack Whyley
, Tawanda Bilson, Jurelle Phillip
, Joe Briers
, Felix Hogg
, Joel Carta
, Richemone Sylla
90), Sam Grouse
Sub not used:- Simon Bolland