Arrows Share Four Goals To Force Vase Replay.
Clifton All Whites 2 Harrowby United 2. (After Extra Time)
Harrowby United travelled to Nottingham to face Clifton All Whites in the FA Vase on a sunny but breezy afternoon, sharing four goals to force a replay back at Dickens Road.
The game got off to a scrappy start, both sides surrendering possession too easily. The home side settled the quickest and put Harrowby on the back foot as they looked to attack down the flanks. They were rewarded after nineteen minutes when Connor Hardy cut in from the left and laid the ball into the path of Phil Massingham. The striker took a touch before firing a right foot shot that took a slight deflection that was enough to take it out of Arrow’s custodian Sam Andrew
’S reach and into the net. Two minutes later Massingham again shot from the edge of the box but Andrew got down to save. Just past the half hour mark Sam Grouse
fired a shot goal wards which was well blocked by Grant Walton. The final threat on goal of the half came after thirty eight minutes when Clifton’s Aaron Large hit a shot narrowly wide of the post.
Harrowby started the second half a lot better and were level within a minute. Midfielder Felix Hogg
slotted a nice ball through for Grouse to run onto and shoot low past Curtis McDonald in the Clifton goal.
Clifton responded and on fifty minutes Craig Meakin swung over a cross but Massingham, presented with a free header, put the ball over the cross bar.
After fifty four minutes Hogg was denied by McDonald when a free kick into the box fell for Hogg six yards out but his shot was deflected over the bar by the keeper, making himself ‘big’ as he advanced off his line.
After sixty seven minutes Richemone Sylla
went close for Harrowby when he beat McDonald to a cross into the box but his effort was intercepted by an alert Tobias Richardson.
As the game became end to end, Clifton were next to go close. A move down their right ended with a cross into the box that was deflected onto the roof of the net by Harrowby’s Tawanda Bilson. From the resultant corner Clifton skipper David Hawkins got in a free header from the back post but the effort went straight to keeper Andrew.
Clifton made a triple substitution and within a couple of minutes took the lead. Substitute Jack Reid was fouled some twenty five yards out and Corbi Brown fired in a harmless looking shot which somehow squirmed through the hands of Andrew and found the back of the net. After eighty one minutes two of the home sides substitutes combined as Ben Clarke slipped the ball through to Reid who clipped the ball over the on rushing Andrew but saw the ball also clear the bar. A minute later Andrew got down well to save from Niall O’Rafferty as Clifton looked to put the game out of Harrowby’s reach.
With time running out Harrowby full back Roberto Labbate crossed for substitute Luke Peberdy
whose header went just wide. As the game entered the ninetieth minute Harrowby were awarded a free kick out on the left. Bruno Holden
whipped the ball into the penalty area and Sylla running across the six yard box flicked a header into the top left hand corner of the net to force extra time.
Chances were at a premium during the extra half hour although Clifton went close in the ninety eighth minute when a long ball forward was flicked on over Andrew but hooked of the line by Bilson. Three minutes from the end Andrew made the save of the game when he got down low to his left to push away a goal bound shot. Reid picked up the loose but but shot wide. That was the last action of the game and on reflection a replay was perhaps a fair outcome.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
, John Currall
, Roberto Labbate, Tawanda Bilson, Ash Miles (c), Joe Briers
, Felix Hogg
, Joel Carta
80), Richemone Sylla
, Bruno Holden
, Sam Grouse
Sub not used:- Billy Joe Parker-Lax