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Noel trumps Staines to seal vital Borough win

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010

By Ian Cooper GARY Noel scored an injury-time winner to stun second-placed Staines Town on Tuesday and hand Harrow Borough their second Ryman League Premier Division win in four days. Noel coolly fired home with seconds remaining at Earlsmead as Borough

By Ian Cooper

GARY Noel scored an injury-time winner to stun second-placed Staines Town on Tuesday and hand Harrow Borough their second Ryman League Premier Division win in four days.

Noel coolly fired home with seconds remaining at Earlsmead as Borough capped off a stirring fightback and sealed a 2-1 win in a match they had seemed destined to lose.

Richard Butler had earlier given the visitors a deserved first-half lead but, in an exciting second half, Dewayne Clarke expertly converted Jonathan Constant's cross to level the scores.

The home side were then grateful to goalkeeper Andray Baptiste, who made several top-drawer saves, before Noel popped up at the death to steal the points for David Howell's side, who have now beaten both the top two sides at home.

There was disappointment for neighbours Wealdstone, whose play-offs hopes took another knock with a lifeless 2-0 defeat at Boreham Wood.

The Stones were desperate to bounce back from Saturday's home loss to Harlow Town, but instead turned in one of their worst performances of the season.

Danny Spendlove provided a rare moment of quality in a goalless first half, shuffling into space and forcing a decent save from Wood keeper Anthony Anstead.

But the visitors never really got going, and they fell behind 15 minutes from time when Sean Sonner tucked home a loose ball from inside the area.

And 10 minutes later Chris O'Leary conceded a foul in the box, and the resulting penalty from Wes Daly condemned Wealdstone to a second consecutive loss.


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