We are delighted to welcome a new writer to the site. Harvey J Stevens is a Queen’s Park Rangers fan who has taken to watching Harrow Borough in recent months. His first article is a report from the home match with East Thurrock United.
After Harrow Borough’s tough last few matches, we faced mid-table side East Thurrock United at home. The game started off fairly boring, with the same old kick and run game plan. Elvis Putnins in goal for Borough had to deal with an off placed pass, which he did well. About 10 minutes into the game a lofted ball was played through to Parmenter, who was clearly offside, however the winger volleyed it into the corner of the net with class to make it 1-0 to East Thurrock, and Borough were already on the backfoot.
A succession of attempts on goal by the hosts were not enough to make it count as Akinola’s shot was tipped over the bar and Ferguson’s free kick was saved. However, the best chance fell to forward Akokhia who wriggled through the defence and couldn’t get a shot away, the ball was eventually grabbed by East Thurrock’s keeper. Ferguson then broke down the right again and got in a quality cross, but Akinola’s header was straight at the keeper.
Personally, I thought this was a sure goal. Akokhia and Akinola were playing superbly together. Another effort from Akinola was denied as he dived onto Akokhia’s cross, again a superb connection between the two front men. Just 10 minutes before the half time whistle Borough pulled level thanks to Frankie Merifield’s spinning shot into the top corner, the pick of the goals. And this was the youngster’s first goal since joining from AFC Wimbledon. At this point, Borough were outplaying East Thurrock. Just after the goal, Borough had another chance to pull ahead after centre back Danny Leech’s speculative overhead kick went over the bar. However, East Thurrock went ahead again, against the run of play. And yet again, it was offside. Newby was found in the area and after his original effort was saved by Elvijs Putnins, he tapped it in. At Half Time, Borough were the better of the two teams, despite being behind.
At the beginning of the second half, Borough started the way they finished, and Akinola’s header looped over the bar. Eventually, East Thurrock won a corner and after a header against the bar, Hakeem Araba drove his shot into the corner of the goal. I really admired Araba’s game, it wasn’t pretty, but he made a nuisance of himself. He reminded me very much of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Putnins definitely should have got that. From that point on, nothing spectacular happened in the match. But Simeon Akinola got a goal back for Borough 10 minutes before the end.
The players looked disappointed as they went off, and fullback Garry Jones told me on twitter “[I'm] gutted losing, but we will bounce back. Sill lots of games to play.” Its hard to disagree with him, its not a crisis situation but they just need that one win to boost them.
My man of the match; Simeon Akinola, because he made a nuisance of himself and got an assist and a goal. A really classy performance.
Harvey J Stevens
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