30 Yard Wonder Strike Defeats Arrows.
Harrowby United 0 Olney Town 1.
Harrowby looked to build on their mid-week win with their first home league game of the season when they entertained Olney Town at Dickens Road.
After a scrappy opening ten minutes the visitors seemed to settle quicker keeping possession but without testing the Harrowby keeper Sam Andrews. However he was called upon on eighteen minutes when Drew Mitten found himself with time in the penalty area but saw his effort saved by the feet of Andrews. Two minutes later a cross by Seminerio found the head of Joshua Crawley but he could not direct his header on target.
Harrowby began to impose themselves and should of taken the lead when Luke Peberdy found himself free at the back post from Sam Grouses free kick but could only glance his header wide of the goal. Peberdy was again denied again five minutes later when this time ‘The Nursery Men’ goal keeper Josh Mcadoo saved well with his feet. As the half progressed it was Harrowby creating the chances, albeit mostly from distance and a series of free kicks in good positions came and went without testing the keeper. It was Olney who almost broke the deadline on the stroke of halftime with a counter attack but Josh Crowley’s drive was well saved by Andrews.
The second period mirrored the first with the visitors starting the strongly but Harrowby again dealt with the pressure and started to impose themselves. On the hour mark they forced a succession of corners. From the latter of these tthe Arrows were caught on the break when Drew Mitten was released and fired an unstoppable strike into Harrowbys top right hand corner of the net from thirty yards to give the visitors the lead. Harrowby almost equalised immediately when Grouse released Peberdy but he was again denied by the feet of Mcadoo when through on goal. On seventy five minutes Harrowby again went close again as this time Jack Whyley’s powerful header went inches over the bar. In the final fifteen minutes Harrowby pressed hard but found the visitor defence a hard nut to crack and were kept to long range efforts. Their final chance of the game with five minutes to go when Tom King saw his shot go inches wide with the keeper beaten. Olney held on to take all three points leaving Harrowby rueing their missed chances.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew, John Currall, Roberto Labbate, Tawanda Bilson, Jack Whyley, Felix Hogg, Ash Miles (c), Sam Grouse, Joe Briers, Luke Peberdy, Billy Joe Parker-Lax.
Subs:- Joe Wroughton, Tom King, Simon Bolland.