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Goal-less stalemate number two for Harrow Borough and Staines Town

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 March 2017

Earlsmead, home of Harrow Borough

Earlsmead, home of Harrow Borough

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Harrow Borough and Staines Town cancelled each other out in another stalemate – as they served up a second 0-0 draw in the space of five days.

Like Tuesday’s affair, it wasn’t a game that will live long in the memory but the point gained means Harrow reached what should be the safety margin of 52 points.

There was a new face on display as striker Lheureux Menga signed from the seemingly doomed Grays Athletic.

Menga had scored twice for the Essex side against Borough six weeks ago and his link-up play with Marc Charles-Smith showed promise.

He brought the best save of the afternoon from visiting keeper Jack Turner in the second half.

It was quite a while before anything noteworthy happened.

Tyrell Miller-Rodney had the first decent effort of the game, a shot that was heading for the bottom corner of Luke Williams’s goal until a Harrow defender deflected it wide.

On another day Harrow might have had a penalty when Afolabi Coker went in from behind on Charles-Smith but play was waved on.

Charles-Smith then laid Lewis Ochoa’s long throw into the path of Menga, but Coker made a fine interception.

At the other end, Joshua Webb got his head in the way of Max Worsfold’s shot, and Michael Peacock made a fine challenge to stop Johnson Hippolyte.

Williams was called into action for the first time, making a smart save from Mohammed Bettamer and the half finished with Kurtis Cumberbatch’s 20-yarder going narrowly wide.

Staines had a good spell as the second half opened, with Bettamer stretching to reach a left-wing cross and sending the ball just wide.

Cumberbatch then fed Menga, whose sharp turn and shot drew a fine one-handed save from Turner.

Francis Babalola had two shots, both blocked, before a bad clearance by George Nicholas went straight to Bayley Brown who fortunately shot wide.

Michael Peacock made a stretching tackle to stop Tom Collins bursting clear before the referee called time on a rather dull game.

Harrow now have two away games, at Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow (Tuesday), and at Canvey Island on Saturday.

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