Bostik Premier: Enfield Town 3 Harrow 0
PUBLISHED: 08:19 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19 02 January 2018
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A new year, but the same old result as a heavy defeat signed off a dreadful festive period for Harrow.
The club’s quickening slide towards the sole relegation spot continued with their 16th defeat in the last 24 league games.
With no Chinua Cole, Shaun Preddie moved to left-back and David Taylor made his first league start since his return from Australia, while there was also a return to the starting line-up for Anthony O’Connor.
On a decent surface despite all the recent rain, the hosts made the early running.
Sam Youngs drove over and Aaron Greene missed a sitter, firing over at the far post after the Harrow defence had failed to deal with Ryan Blackman’s long throw.
When the Harrow midfield stood off their onrushing opponents in the 10th minute, it was a costly error, as the ball was slipped through to Youngs, who got to it just before the outrushing Melvin Minter and squeezed it under the Borough keeper.
Minter saved Simon Thomas’s header, and then did really well to keep out the same player when the ball arrived at his feet at the far post.
Greene got past Howard Hall and hit a fierce cross-shot that David Long-King diverted over his own bar and Minter then held a curling free-kick from the same player.
In the ten minutes before the break, Harrow at last threatened, finally getting the ball down and playing some passes.
Charles Banya jinked past a defender inside the area on the left and hit a low drive that Joe Wright couldn’t hold. The Enfield keeper grasped the ball at the second attempt, just before the incoming Taylor.
But Minter had to make another save, from Parcell, as the half closed and Longe-King headed away a dangerous cross from Greene as the second half began.
Harrow threatened when Banya got in on the right and pulled the ball across for Sahr Kabba to hit a first-time shot, which Wright held.
But Enfield doubled their lead in the 56th minute, when a right-wing cross turned in by Taylor McKenzie from close range.
Harrow wilted visibly and a long period of home pressure ended with Youngs shooting across goal.
When Preddie, looking uncomfortable in his role on the left, gave the ball away in the 68th minute, the hosts again attacked on the right, and a hard, low, driven cross was diverted past his own keeper by Longe-King.
The game long lost, Borough did manage some late pressure as Banya got in on the left, with a defender blocking his shot, then combined with Kabba to set up Ryan Moss for a low curling left-foot shot that beat Wright but was cleared off the line by Mickey Parcell.
At the other end Minter turned round a shot by Jack Hockney and pushed Blackman’s free-kick over the bar.
Harrow host relegation rivals Needham Market on Saturday, before visiting struggling Burgess Hill Town on January 13 in two cunrch fixtures.
Harrow: Minter, Hall, Preddie, Pepera, Longe-King, Taylor (Stewart 66), Kabba, Cumberbatch, Moss, Banya, O’Connor (McLeod 66. Unused subs: Beggs, Davies-Coker, Moore.