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Inspired Clarke takes centre stage

PUBLISHED: 16:06 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:48 24 August 2010

HARROW Borough fought back from a goal down to cruise past Cray Wanderers and extend their unbeaten league run to six games with an exhilarating display. Dewayne Clarke and Daniel McGonigle returned after spells out through injury...

HARROW Borough fought back from a goal down to cruise past Cray Wanderers and extend their unbeaten league run to six games with an exhilarating display.

Dewayne Clarke and Daniel McGonigle returned after spells out through injury, replacing Charles Bell and Peter Lyall, and they were the only changes from the side which beat Margate.

A frantic opening saw Clarke (pictured right) go close with a header, before two goals in two minutes blew the contest wide open.

It was Cray who drew first blood, with Leigh Bremner latching onto a loose ball and holding off Gary Meakin before lashing a shot past Andray Baptise and into the net.

But Borough bounced straight back with an immediate equaliser. Ryan Watts played a clever one-two with Rocky Baptiste, and drove the ball into the bottom corner.

Dean Fenton should have put Harrow in front, but could only fire Clarke's cross at the goalkeeper, but with half time approaching Borough edged themselves ahead.

Fittingly, it was the impressive Clarke who found the net, holding off Mark Willy and finding the bottom right corner to give Borough the lead at the interval.

The second half began with Cray pressing, and McGonigle was alert with an important clearance to preserve the lead.

Baptiste made a fine save and Gary Meakin's header was cleared off the line, but it was Harrow who grabbed the decisive and well-deserved third goal with 18 minutes remaining.

Clarke laid the ball off to Kwasi Frempong as he charged into the box and, while his initial effort was saved, his momentum carried him to the rebound, which he buried for his first goal of the season.

Play was briefly interrupted when Cray keeper Jack Smelt knocked his own centre-back Willy unconscious, and the skipper was stretchered off as Harrow finished strongly.

Clarke rounded off a superb personal display by almost adding a fourth goal, sending a shot whistling past the far post, and Borough were good value for the three points.


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