Harrow bring pride to travelling support despite Havant loss
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 29 March 2017
Harrow Borough came back from Hampshire minus any points after a 3-1 defeat to title-contending Havant & Waterlooville – but having put in a performance that brought great pride to their travelling support.
They actually took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Lheureux Menga shot home from 20 yards.
And they hung on to that advantage for the remainder of the first half before Havant pegged them back in the second period.
Selection problems at full-back for Steve Baker saw Alexander Lafleur, a youngster from the Harefield Academy tie-up, make his debut and although he was targeted continually by the Havant attack, he didn’t wilt and should look back proudly on his performance.
Menga’s goal stunned the home support and the newly-arrived striker went close shortly after with a dipping shot from an acute angle that went past the post.
And Harrow thought they had doubled their lead eight minutes before the break.
Kurtis Cumberbatch’s cross from the left was dummied by Menga and driven in by Marc Charles-Smith. However the linesman felt that despite being very tight, offside was the correct call.
That gave Havant a lift and after increasing the pressure prior to the interval, they finally found a way back into the game in the 52nd minute.
A cross from Rory Williams was met by Wes Fogden who drilled past Luke Williams.
There were chances at each end as both teams looked for the go-ahead goal but the hosts got it thanks to a header back across goal from Ed Harris.
Jason Prior clipped the top of the Harrow crossbar with a header before James Hayter completed the win for Havant on 76 minutes.
Harrow still had chances though with Lewis Ochoa finding the side-netting and Francis Babalola drove a great ball across the home goalmouth that just needed a touch from a colleague.
The performance, added to those in recent weeks, will give Harrow plenty of confidence going into the final six games of the season, starting with a trip to Canvey Island on Saturday.