Arrows Suffer Odd Goal In Five Defeat In The Rain.
Rushden & Higham 3 Harrowby United 2.
Harrowby United travelled to Rushden & Higham’s Hayden Road ground in weather that almost resembled the monsoon season.
In the very difficult conditions both teams tried to get the ball down and play and the Arrows struck first, in the tenth minute. A free kick into the Rushden penalty area was headed out by Sam Fowler but only as far as Joel Carta
. The Harrowby midfielder took a touch before firing home a right foot shot that gave Kyle Swailes in the home sides goal.
Rushden responded and having forced a corner in the thirteenth minute Fowler was unlucky to see his header go narrowly wide. A minute later a long ball through from Arrow Joe Briers
was picked up by Bruno Holden
who advanced on goal but shot wide.
Harrowby doubled their lead after twenty two minutes when having won a free kick out on the left Sam Grouse
whipped a cross into the penalty area which was powerfully headed home by skipper Ash Miles, his first goal for the club.
Rushden again responded positively and a throw in down the right wasn’t cleared by Arrows full back Roberto Labbate, before being picked up by Nat Gosnal-Taylor on the right. The wide man cut inside before confidently slotting the ball past Sam Andrew
in the Harrowby goal.
A defining moment of the game in the thirty second minute saw Andrew get down to parry a shot from the edge of the box. The keeper scrambled to his feet to claim the lose ball before being unceremoniously clattered by Rusden striker Jake Reynolds. There ten followed a seventeen minute hold up before Andrew was forced to leave the field with damaged ribs. Surprisingly Referee Mr Jackson decided to take no action against Reynolds. With no replacement keeper on the substitutes bench, Jack Havron
replaced the unfortunate Andrew between the sticks. Havron was called into action almost immediately tipping an effort from long range around his left hand post.
Rusden levelled the scores twelve minutes into stoppage time at the end of the half when after a patience build up, they worked the ball into the penalty area to Reynolds who produced a sweet chipped finish over Havron from around ten yards out.
The rain continued to bucket down as the second half started and within a minute Rushden went ahead. The ‘Lankies’ made progress down the left before switching play over to the right towards substitute Louis McMahon. McMahon held off his marker Labbate who had got the wrong side of his man and fired a low shot past Havron and into the net.
Back came Harrowby and another good delivery was again headed goal wards by Miles but the ball hit Fowler and bounced to safety. After seventy one minutes another good ball from Grouse found Holden who shot straight at Swailes as Harrowby pushed for an equalizer. Three minutes later Swailes made the save of the game as a cross from Briers out wide found the head of substitute Luke Peberdy
the ball falling into the path of Holden who smashed a low shot that looked goal bound only for Swailes to make ground to his right and deflect the ball up and over the bar.
Harrowby continued to press in search of leveller but the Rushden defence held firm to claim the three points.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
32), John Currall
72), Roberto Labbate, Tawanda Bilson, Ash Miles (c), Joe Briers
, Felix Hogg
, Joel Carta
, Joe Wroughton
(62), Bruno Holden
, Sam Grouse