Bostik Premier: Kingstonian 0 Harrow Borough 1
PUBLISHED: 12:09 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 25 March 2018
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An unstoppable shot from the edge of the box from George Moore gave Harrow an important three points from their trip to Leatherhead to face tenants Kingstonian.
And the win is a massive step in ensuring continued Premier Division football, be it Bostik or something else, next season.
Howard Hall, Kurtis Cumberbatch and Michael Bryan returned to the side in the three changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday’s embarrassment at Rayners Lane.
There was an even opening to the encounter, played on a surprisingly firm, flat Fetcham Grove pitch and Jerry Amoo shrugged off Moore to drive the ball against the top of the crossbar, before Charles Banya headed across goal following good wing-play by Chinua Cole.
A Ks corner reached Sean Francis at the far post and he was denied by a brave Adam Pepera block, and Moore then made ground and crossed to Ryan Moss and his cushioned header found Bryan, who returned the ball to Moss to shoot wide from 18 yards.
The only goal came in the 17th minute as Chinua Cole and Moss combined on the left and the ball came in to Bryan in the box. He worked it on to Moore, cutting in from the right flank, and he switched the ball on to his left foot and thrashed it into the top corner from 20 yards, past Rob Tolfrey’s flailing left arm.
Moss hassled Francis and won the ball off him 10 minutes later and, just outside the area, the Ks defender dragged the striker to the ground as he shaped to shoot.
Denying a goalscroring opportunity, Francis saw red, with Moore’s free-kick blocked by the wall.
Chinua Cole then crossed to beyond the far post,with Moss meeting the delivery with an acrobatic drive that was brilliantly turned away by Tolfrey.
At the other end, Melvin Minter saved from Amoo, Jason Williams and Greg Cundle in the run-up to the interval.
Harrow began the second half in lively manner as Bryan and Banya got the ball to Moss, whose low shot nearly crept under Tolfrey’s body, but the Ks’ keeper reached back to grab it.
Lewis Cole then played a one-two with Cumberbatch, with Manolis Gogonas making a good block, and Lewis Cole lost the ball in midfield, allowing Cundle to get clear and cross to Williams who headed inches wide.
That was a warning to a Harrow side who never seem quite to adapt positively when playing against 10 men, and there was another when Mark Phillips won a header, allowing a delivery into the box that Williams again headed wide, when it looked easier to score.
Moss angled a shot past the near post from Cumberbatch’s delivery, and Cumberbatch then had a shot blocked with Chinua Cole skimming a follow-up effort narrowly wide.
Moore cut in from the right to drive the ball over, while at the other end Adam Pepera made a good block to stop Connor Hunte.
Tolfrey made a brave save to block Moss’s shot with his face, and the game ended with Williams poking another half-chance wide from Tom Beere’s delivery.
Harrow have two more away games in the coming week, at Billericay on Wednesday for what looked a few weeks ago like an extremely daunting task.
The wheels have, for now anyway, come off the Billericay march to the title and they have lost five of their last six games. Next Saturday, Borough travel to Surrey again, this time to Merstham.
Harrow: Minter, Moore, C Cole, Hall, Pepera, Bell, Cumberbatch, L Cole, Moss, Bryan, Banya. Unused subs: McLeod, Richards, Dawkins.