Harrow edge it in the clash of the Borough’s
I wouldn’t have thought the Capital One Cup was that much of a reason to stay home, but the game started at 7:48pm in front of 146 people and precious little atmosphere.
The home side started the better and opened the score after just 6 minutes with a rather scrappy affair from Webb (number 6). Harrow Borough 1-0 Farnborough.
Boro’ did come more in to the game and following good work on the right by Freddie Grant, the cross was cleared and quickly led to an attempt at the other end be Cascoe which gave Tupper no problem.
Tommy Wright had two shots on goal, the first, while strong enough, went straight to Hudnott and the second just wide of the right hand post.
Boro’ mounted an attack through the centre and with the Harrow Borough defence backing off Nicholas Brown was encouraged to keep moving forward before hitting a curling shot from all of 35 yards which went just inside Hudnott’s right hand post after 21 minutes. Harrow Borough 1-1 Farnborough.
Following a foul on Brown by McCall, Harrow Borough broke away when the free kick was cleared and with appeals for offside falling on deaf ears, McCall, whose foul had started things off, was able to shoot home low to Joe Tupper’s left on 24 minutes. Harrow Borough 2-1 Farnborough.
Boro’ did see more of the ball in the latter part of the half, but were not able to cause any real threat.
Freddie Grant was giving the home side a few headaches and when he cheekily took the ball off a defender near the right edge of the box, he cut inside and got his shot away but it was blocked and cleared.
Waldren had a loose shot from distance fly wide for the home side and Boro’ wasted a corner which was massively over hit and went out for a throw on the opposite side.
Just before the break McCall got his second of the night with an angled shot across Tupper on 43 minutes. Again, there was a hint of offside in the build up, but no flag. Harrow Borough 3-1 Farnborough.
One minutes was added and just before the half drew to a close we actually had an offside decision go our way.
HALF TIME: Harrow Borough 3-1 Farnborough
Not a huge amount between the sides with the home team just about deserving of a narrow lead, but 3-1 was a bit flattering.
The second half got away at 8:50pm and five minutes in, Boro’ nearly went further behind.
Chinua Cole slipped twice on the surface made difficult by a couple of heavy showers and a cross came into the box with the final shot striking the bar and rebounding into play before being cleared.
When Tommy Wright lost possession in midfield he chased back but his tackle was a bit too robust and left both players requiring treatment and Wright getting a lecture from the Referee.
The game at this stage was suffering from a few niggling fouls and the usual batch of strange decisions.
Boro’ were on the break through Tommy Wright when Preddie appeared to use his elbow to put him off balance. To his credit Wright didn’t make a meal of it but the moment passed and the chance with it.
Josh Webb (number 6) was booked for a midfield tackle and when play switched to the other end McDonald made a timely tackle to thwart the danger.
When Brown was clearly fouled in the centre circle play was waved on and but for some stout defending Boro’ could have fallen further behind.
Bogdan Vastsuk, making his debut for Boro’ was replaced by Lewis Collins on 63 minutes.
After two more close calls on the Boro’ goal Wright was fouled on the edge of the area and the free kick was blocked and fortunately for Harrow Borough, popped nicely up for Hudnott to grab it.
The home side made two changes in a few minutes McLeod replaced Webb (number 6) after 69 minutes and Cascoe made way for English on 72 minutes.
English shot over from distance before Harrow Borough made their third change with Connor French replacing Michael Bryan on 76 minutes.
Tupper made a fine diving save to his right from English followed by a more straight forward stop from French who appears to have added a few pounds since he left us.
Brown made way for Barton after 79 minutes.
Tommy Wright made good progress but delayed his shot which was then blocked.
Tupper punched well clear from a Harrow Borough free kick and then Jack Barton and the Harrow Borough skipper, Marc Charles-Smith, were both booked following a handbag spat in front of the dugouts.
Boro’ made their final sub on 90 minutes when Dean Joseph-Whittingham replaced Perry Ryan.
During added time Freddie Grant got on the end of a free kick, but his strong header flew wide of the target.
FULL TIME: Harrow Borough 3-1 Farnborough
Hardly a classic and with two of Harrow Borough’s goals having a distinct whiff of offside about them things could have been kinder.
We have a number of away matches to face in a short time and must find a way of grinding out a draw, or even better nicking the odd win.
Good luck in Devon on Saturday.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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