Arrows Progress In The Vase After Emphatic Replay Win.
Harrowby United 4 Clifton All Whites 0.
After a hard fought draw a few days earlier, Harrowby welcomed Clifton All Whites to Dickens Road on a wet and windy Tuesday night for a replay in the FA Vase First Qualifying round.
An emphatic victory by four goals to nil booked a tie with Leicestershire outfit St Andrews in the next round.
The Arrows were quick of the mark and Felix Hogg
fired an early shot just wide of the goal in the first minute to clearly state their intentions to progress to the next round. In the sixth minute a low cross from the right skidded off the wet surface and was fumbled by Clifton keeper Curtis McDonald who recovered to prevent an early lead for the home side.
Clifton had a chance in the nineteenth minute after a foul by Joel Carta
presented them with a chance to put the ball into the box and a free header at the back post was saved by Sam Andrew
in the Harrowby goal. A minute later a move down the left saw a chance created for Arrows Sam Grouse
whose rasping shot hit the woodwork before bouncing to safety.
Harrowby broke the deadlock in the thirty second minute when Grouse chased a ball out on the left and delivered an inch perfect cross for Bruno Holden
to head past an helpless McDonald.
In the time before the interval Harrowby should have increased their advantage when firstly Holden was played through only to hurry his shot enabling McDonald to stretch out a hand and block the attempt. Richemone Sylla
then broke through the Clifton backline only to shoot straight at
Harrowby took advantage of a little good fortune just before the hour mark when a long hopeful ball forward was misjudged by Clifton defender Tobias Richardson allowing Holden to get in behind the visitors back line, hold off his marker and confidently slot home.
Just past the hour mark Courtney Hastings went close for Clifton when a good move down the right presented him with a shooting chance that he dragged just wide. Harrowby’s third goal arrived by way of a penalty kick in the seventy fourth minute when Richardson upended Grouse in the area and Holden coolly slot the spot kick past his nemesis McDonald who having been dishing out the verbal's towards the Arrows frontman in both games became suddenly quiet as the Arrow’s striker claimed his hat trick.
The game was put beyond all doubt in the eighty fourth minute when good build up play from Harrowby created a shooting chance for substitute Joe Wroughton
whose effort was turned behind for a corner by McDonald. The resultant ball into the box created havoc in the penalty area eventually falling nicely for Wroughton who applied a nice low shot into the net for the youngsters debut goal for the club.
Harrowby United:- Sam Andrew
, John Currall
88), Roberto Labbate, Tawanda Bilson, Ash Miles (c), Richemone Sylla
70), Joe Briers
, Joel Carta
, Felix Hogg
, Sam Grouse
, Bruno Holden
Subs Not used:- Jack Whyley
, Simon Bolland
, Luke Peberdy