Bostik Premier: Harrow 3 Dorking 4
PUBLISHED: 15:16 19 November 2017
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Harrow slumped to a sixth successive defeat to extend a run worse than anything seen on their plummet to a relegation place last Spring and put the seal on a depressing week.
They made another slow start as, although George Moore had a shot blocked after an exchange with Michael Bryan, it was one-way traffic for the first 25 minutes.
Curtis Ujah blocked James McShane’s drive, while Tom Tolfrey shot wide at the near post following a cross from the right, and Melvin Minter saved well from the same player after Tayo Davies-Coker’s error allowed him a run on goal.
Moore then headed the ball straight to Giuseppe Sole, with Minter turning his shot round, and Sole put another effort wide of the target.
The dam had to burst and it did so in spectacular fashion, with three Dorking goals in a six-minute spell.
First Enock Sognaile couldn’t stop a cross from the right and Minter made three brilliant reaction saves, but couldn’t keep out a fourth effort from Tolfrey on 17 minutes.
The lead was doubled three minutes later when another right-wing raid and cross was not defended and this time a towering header by Lewis Taylor at the far post found the net.
Then, in the 23rd minute, Soganile was again exposed in the left-back slot and again Minter kept out an initial shot, before Matt Briggs followed in to net the rebound.
At this point things were starting to boil up on the terraces, but Steve Baker’s side showed huge amounts of spirit to knuckle down and fight their way back. In the 28th minuteBryan was fouled on the right, and Charles Banya’s clever free-kick was converted by Ryan Moss to open his Harrow account, despite Joshua Pelling getting his hands to his near-post shot.
Banya shot wide following a corner, before Harrow pulled another goal back after 36 minutes when Moss and Bryan combined on the right and Bryan’s cross was met by a beautiful looping header from Kurtis Cumberbatch, which flew over Pelling and into the net.
Ujah and Soganile both made good interceptions after separate mistakes by Moore, but nevertheless, half-time arrived with a degree of optimism coursing through the home ranks.
As the second period began, Sahr Kabba turned on to Moss’s cross from the right to force a save from Pelling, but Soganile again showed his inexperience when he lost the ball on the halfway line, allowing Briggs to break forward and shoot across goal.
Taylor shot wide at the near post from a Dorking free-kick routine that mirrored the one Harrow had used for their first goal, before Banya broke on the right to shoot left-footed narrowly wide.
Young full-back Soganile was again at fault as he allowed McShane to break clear and shoot wide, but Harrow then got back into the game, and Pelling denied Moss’s attempt from a narrow angle, before Borough equalised in the 72nd minute with an absolutely brilliant goal.
Bryan got hold of a deep cross from the right and, initially running away from goal, he turned back into the box, went past two defenders and slid the ball across Pelling and into the far corner.
Baker then made a double substitution as Kabba and Banya, who were troubling the visiting defence, were taken off to be replaced by Kyle Beggs and Bajram Pashaj.
Bryan was switched to the right when he had the Dorking right-back Isaac Philpott walking a fine line with a yellow card to his name already.
And Harrow struggled to produce a meaningful attack before Dorking, on 83 minutes, claimed a winner when a mishit shot fell to one of their players and the ball was sent back into the middle where Minter parried one shot, before Chris Boulter fired home from a couple of yards.
Ujah and, latterly, Minter, spent time upfield in the dying moments, to no avail and Harrow host high-flying Staines Town in a second successive home game on Tuesday, before visiting bottom club Worthing on Saturday.
Harrow: Minter, Moore, Soganile, Davies-Coker, Ujah, Cumberbatch, Banya (Pashaj 75), McLeod (Stewart 63s), Moss, Bryan, Kabba (Beggs 75).