Harrowby Gift Goals & Points to Huntingdon Town.
Harrowby United 2 Huntingdon Town 3.
Harrowby United welcomed last seasons fellow relegated club Huntingdon Town to Dickens Road and rather over extended their generosity by gifting them three goals and ultimately three points.
The home side struggled to find any early rhythm and found themselves a goal down after only five minutes. After conceding a corner the Arrows completely switched off and as the ball came into the box two unmarked Huntingdon players vied for a free header from six yards out. Richard Baines got to the ball marginally in front of Keishon Wilson to head his side in front.
Following the goal Harrowby enjoyed the lions share of possession but failed to threaten the goal until the twentieth minute when Joel Carta
was unlucky to see his header from a left wing cross hit the cross bar. Ten minutes later Jurelle Phillip
received a cross field ball in space at the far post but shot straight at Quincy Shorunmu between the sticks for Huntingdon.
Harrowby received a blow after thirty two minutes when forward Luke Peberdy
, chasing a ball into the box, clattered into a diving Shorunmu. Referee Mr Mead, after consulting his Assistant Mr Turner, deemed the player to have used excessive force and produced a straight red card reducing the Arrows to ten players.
Five minutes before the interval Huntingdon made their numerical advantage count and doubled their lead. A poor ball out of defence by Phillip was humped back forward and completely misjudged by Harrowby’s Ash Miles. The Arrow’s Captain who getting under the ball, headed the ball backwards into the path of Chae Simmons who coolly slotted past a helpless Sam Andrew
in the Harrowby goal to give his side a two goal lead at the break.
Nine minutes into the second half Harrowby’s beleaguered defence presented Huntingdon with a third goal. A harmless looking throw in to the penalty area was misjudged by Tawanda Bilson who, in taking his eye off the ball, allowed it to run under his foot to a grateful Simmons who slotted past Andrews and into the net.
Harrowby Co Managers Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins shuffled their pack and replaced John Currall
, Felix Hogg
and Bruno Holden
with Joe Briers
, Jack Whyley
and Richemone Sylla
. The Arrow’s didn’t give up and despite being a man down started creating chances. Catra shot too close to the keeper and Whyley had a header blocked before Sam Grouse
pulled a goal back. In the seventy first minute good work down the right by Bilson ended with a ball inside to Grouse who took a touch before firing a low shot past Shorunmu to give Harrowby hope of a comeback. Six minutes later a through ball to Grouse saw the Harrowby player advance into the penalty area before being brought down by Huntingdon right back Ruban Rey. Grouse picked himself up and confidently smashed home the spot kick to reduce the arrears to a single goal.
Harrowby continued to push and try and force an equalizer and as the time ebbed away should have done just that. With two minutes left on the clock they created an opening in the penalty area when the ball was slipped through to Sylla with time and space on the six yard line. With Shorunmu rooted to his goal line and the goal gaping, Sylla failed to get any real purchase on his shot and it ran tamely to the relieved keeper.
The Arrows rued the miss as the final whistle ended a bad day at the office, left them defeated having had one player sent off and five cautions by fussy Referee Mr Mead.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
, John Currall
58), Felix Hogg
53), Tawanda Bilson, Ash Miles (c), Sam Grouse
, Joel Carta
, Glyn Cotton
, Jurelle Phillip
, Bruno Holden
70), Luke Peberdy