Sat 28
Tonbridge Angels
First Team
M Peacock (59')


By Harrow Borough
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It was just a point, the first away from home in 2015, and that might well not be enough in eight weeks’ time. But Harrow showed a further improvement

at Longmead with a spirited performance that suggested they might yet at least put up a decent battle for survival.

Pre-match injury news concerned Dan Moody: a broken wrist will have him out for a month. Michael Bryan returned in his place in the only change from the starting line-up at Staines.

Kamaron English played in Lewis Driver for a shot that took home keeper Hadler two attempts to save. Pinnock’s free-kick for Tonbridge forced a save from Nick Jupp. Williams was looking dangerous for the hosts and his run up the left took him past Michael Peacock but he shot over the bar. Good work by Josh Webb, cutting into the penalty area, created a half-chance for Driver but his effort on the turn was saved. Play continued to be evenly-matched, Parkinson’s shot saved by Jupp, and Ryan Hope shooting across goal from Marc Charles-Smith’s lay-off. A great run by Bryan created an opportunity for Charles-Smith, a shot on the turn that was heading for the corner until Hadler dived full-length to his right to touch it away.

Tonbridge went ahead after 34 minutes. Harrow didn’t really regroup after making a mess of a short corner routine and, when Driver was dispossessed in centre-field, Williams ran clear on the left, crossing for Whitnell whose shot went in off Jupp’s left-hand post.

Charles-Smith’s shot was blocked, and a defender got to Bryan’s cross just before Webb at the near post, as Harrow tried but failed to get level before half-time. But Harrow came out after the break looking lively and, importantly, began to make better use of deadball situations by getting the ball into the box. Hope’s driven corner caused some chaos before the equaliser arrived after 59 minutes. Harrow were fortunate to get a free-kick on the right, Driver appearing to have pulled Slocombe’s shirt just before the home defender pulled him down. George McCluskey played a low inswinging delivery that Peacock got a slight touch to, the ball going across the goal, hitting the far post and going in.

The goal gave Harrow further belief and they were very close to going ahead two minutes later. Spencer McCall’s clever pass picked out McCluskey, charging into the area on the left, and his fierce volley crashed down off the bar and out. They then went close again when English’s cross was met by a Peacock header, Hadler making his second full-length save of the afternoon to keep out the ball.

English’s effort from Webb’s cross was blocked before the hosts got a second wind in the closing minutes. Taylor dived to head Folkes’s cross over, and then had a better chance from another Folkes cross, putting a free header over Jupp’s bar. Jupp saved Pinnock’s shot, while at the other end Whitnell headed Webb’s dangerous corner away at the near post. Into stoppage-time, Whitnell had just been named man of the match, to great fanfare from the home announcer, when he arrived at the far post to meet Parkinson’s cross but steered his shot wide. A bad miss, it was a moment of luck that Harrow’s second-half comeback merited.

Harrow now have two home games, with Wingate & Finchley the visitors this Tuesday evening, followed by league leaders Maidstone United next Saturday.

TONBRIDGE ANGELS: Thomas Hadler, James Folkes, Jack Parter, Lee Carey, Simon Cox, Charlie Slocombe, Mitchell Pinnock, Tom Parkinson, Joe Taylor, Tommy Whitnell, Marvin Williams (sub Dee Okojie, 70 mins). Unused subs: Dan Parkinson, Royce Greenidge, Flavio Tavares, Dane Luchford.

HARROW BOROUGH: Nick Jupp, Josh Webb (booked, 77 mins), George McCluskey, Michael Peacock (booked, 15 mins), Anthony Page, Ryan Hope (sub David Taylor, 70 mins), Kamaron English (sub Raheem Sterling-Parker, 70 mins), Spencer McCall, Marc Charles-Smith, Lewis Driver, Michael Bryan. Unused subs: Sekou Kaba, Carl McCluskey, John Sonuga.

Referee: Mr N Cooper

Att. 382

by Simon Grigor

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Sat 28, Feb 2015






Ryman Premier