Honours even on derby day
PUBLISHED: 14:37 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
By Ian Cooper A LATE equaliser from Lee Hall earned Harrow Borough a point in their Easter Monday derby against 10-man Wealdstone. The draw kept both teams within striking distance of a play-off spot, but both will know they had plenty of chances to have
By Ian Cooper
A LATE equaliser from Lee Hall earned Harrow Borough a point in their Easter Monday derby against 10-man Wealdstone.
The draw kept both teams within striking distance of a play-off spot, but both will know they had plenty of chances to have won this tempestuous derby.
Heavy hail and snow before the match had left a slippery surface, and it was the away team who were caught cold as Wealdstone scored inside three minutes.
Ryan Ashe floated a free kick into the box from just inside the Harrow half, and Stephen Hughes rose to head home his 11th goal of the season.
The Stones were well in control early on, and might have hit a second soon after, but Dean Papali saw his close range shot smack against the bar and fall to safety.
Borough almost took advantage of some slack defending by the home team when Victor Asombang was allowed space just inside the box, but his low shot was kept out by a sprawling Keita Karamoko.
Wealdstone missed a glorious chance when Ashe put Papali through on goal, but the ball held up in the mud, causing the striker to miscue, and allowing Jonty Venter to smother.
Harrow came out fighting in the second half, with another chance falling to Asombang on 53 minutes. A surging run to the edge of the area gave the striker a clear sight of goal, but his low shot skimmed wide.
With Wealdstone appearing to lose their way, Borough applied the pressure, and despite losing Jonathan Constant through injury, the equaliser seemed inevitable.
It duly arrived 15 minutes from time when Harrow were awarded a free kick wide on the left.
Substitute Hall whipped in a cross with such pace that the swerving ball missed everybody, and deceived the keeper to finish in the bottom corner.
With the game level, both teams fought to find a winner.
Three minutes after the goal, Stones captain Chris O'Leary burst into the area but was denied by Venter and soon afterwards Bobby Highton hit a 30-yard screamer that was tipped over by Karamoko.
Stones were reduced to 10 men with two minutes remaining when James Gray was sent off for a foul on Highton, his second bookable offence.
It was the signal for both teams to settle for what they had, in a match that neither side deserved to lose.
Wealdstone: Karamoko, Martin (Montgomery), Chappell, Gray, Goode, Ashe, Cracknell, O'Leary, Hughes, Papali, Faal-Thomas (Clarke).
Harrow Borough: Venter, Nielsen (Hall), Meakin, Walters, Leech (Brown), Highton, Frempong, Lawrence, Asombang, McGonigle, Constant (Lelo).