Bostik Premier: Worthing 2 Harrow Borough 2
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 November 2017
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Harrow Borough showed plenty of team spirit to grab a deserved equaliser in the seventh of 13 minutes injury time on Saturday.
Staring yet another defeat in the face, after a bad run of results, and having seen a colleague stretchered off unconscious, they kept plugging away and got their rewards.
Steve Baker kept an unchanged side from the narrow defeat to Staines on Tuesday, on a bitterly cold afternoon on the Sussex coast.
Worthing were first to threaten, with Reece Meekums getting past Enock Soganile to cross to Harvey Sparks, whose shot was deflected past the post.
Harrow hit back and Bajram Pashaj won a tackle, ran at the defence and curled a shot inches wide.
Worthing were clearly under instruction to play out from the back and Harrow were combatting that with a high-pressing game, with Michael Bryan dispossessing an opponent and getting the ball to Pashaj whose shot lacked pace but nevertheless forced Lucas Covolan into a diving save.
George Moore’s pass was heading for Ryan Moss until Alfie Young made a terrific interception but Melvin Minter was called into action, making a good tip-over from Sparks after the winger had cut in from the left wing.
The half ended with Tayo Davies-Coker’s back-pass selling Minter slightly short and the Harrow keeper picked up a knock for his troubles from Ben Pope as he got there, just, first.
Five minutes into the second half, Harrow went ahead as Pashaj won a corner on the left, which Kurtis Cumberbatch swung in. Ryan Moss challenged Covolan, with neither getting a significant touch, and the ball travelled on to Shaun Preddie at the far post, and he calmly controlled it and drove it home.
The lead lasted only five minutes, though, as Preddie was booked for a foul just outside the box and the free-kick led to a shot by Darren Budd, which was well saved by Minter but the loose ball was converted by Young.
The confidence surged through the league’s bottom club and an acrobatic effort by Kieron Pamment went just over and Joel Colbran headed over from a free-kick.
However, Harrow nearly regained the lead when Moss and Charles Banya worked the ball to Bryan, who shot against the outside of the post from just outside the area.
Sognaile made an important clearance at the far post, before a right-wing cross found Sparks in space and Minter made a great save to keep out his shot.
But Minter was beaten in the 81st minute as Borough gave away a free-kick in a dangerous position and Sam Rents’ delivery was met by the giant Jimmy Wild, climbing above a colliding Minter and Davies-Coker to head home.
Tt was clear that a motionless Davies-Coker had sustained a potentially serious injury and referee Bandara, like the referee at Haringey the other week when Howard Hall was helped, managed the situation well, allowing whatever time was needed for treatment.
The young centre-back was eventually stretchered off after nine minutes of attention, to the applause of an excellent crowd of 592, and David Taylor came on, having just returned from his year in Australia.
Taylor went into midfield with Preddie dropping back as Harrow probed for an equaliser and Moss got between two defenders to meet Cumberbatch’s cross, but his header went wide.
However, with seven of the 13 minutes of injury time gone, home goalkeeper Covolan was booked for time wasting and awarded Harrow a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Worthing lined up a wall, which broke and charged as Bryan tapped the ball to Moss, but the Harrow striker hit a low shot through the onrushing opponents and past Covolan’s right hand to end a run of seven successive defeats and maintain an 11-point cushion over their fellow strugglers.
Harrow host title favourites Billericay on Tuesday, before the Met Police visit the Rogers Family Stadium on Saturday.
Harrow: Minter, Moore, Soganile, Davies-Coker (Taylor 89), Ujah, Preddie (54 mins), Banya (McLeod 74), Cumberbatch, Moss, Bryan (90), Pashaj (Stanislaus 74). Unused sub: Beggs.