Harrow hope to end year well

PUBLISHED: 10:04 28 December 2017

Kurtis Cumberbatch celebrates scoring for Harrow (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Kurtis Cumberbatch celebrates scoring for Harrow (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Harrow Borough will hope to end the year on a high note when Bostik Premier Division rivals Leatherhead visit on Saturday.

And Steve Baker’s men are set to start 2018 withh a trip to Enfield Town, having endured a difficult Christmas weekend after suffering back-to-back defeats.

Their 2-1 loss at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday came after an unfortunate slip from young centre-back Tayo Davies-Coker.

Melvin Minter saved well from Alex Akrofi in a largely forgettable first half, while Chinua Cole blocked Dan Bennett’s shot.

Sahr Kabba headed wide, while Ryan Moss saw an effort saved, but Harrow fell behind on 51 minutes when Xavier Vidal’s shot was saved by Minter and Akrofi swept home the loose ball.

The hosts went close to a second when Tom Jelley’s cross just evaded Akrofi and Nathan Elder, but Michae Bryan forced a diving save from Jon Henly at the other end.

Minter denied Akrofi and also kept out Joe Turner’s penalty after Sam Bantick went down in the box under Cole’s challenge on 64 minutes.

And Harrow levelled with a penalty of their own when Kabba was fouled and Kurtis Cumberbatch stepped up to convert from the spot.

Their joy was shortlived, though, as Tonbridge regained the lead just two minutes later when a slip by Davies-Coker was punished, as Akrofi crossed for Elder to head in at the far post.

Davies-Coker went close to making amends but headed over from a corner, while George Moore shot wide and Moss headed against a post.

However, Adam Pepera almost sliced a Jelley cross into his own net late on as Harrow returned to north London empty-handed.

The Boxing Day derby fixture with Hendon had produced 19 goals over the past two seasons, with a 5-5 draw in 2015/16 followed by a 5-4 Harrow win last year.

But there was little for Borough to cheer this time around as they suffered a second heavy defeat of the season against their rivals.

Beaten 6-0 at Silver Jubilee Park in August, they conceded four goals without reply in th return meeting.

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