Simply Red: A tribute to Harrow Borough’s Mr Versatile
PUBLISHED: 10:14 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:16 28 November 2013
It was another great away performance by Harrow Borough at the weekend, a come-from-behind 3-1 win at Canvey Island, a ground where Borough had only picked up two draws in 10 previous visits.
The game featured some spectacular goalkeeping by James Shea, who has already earned himself a call-up for an FA XI who are taking on the Royal Engineers at Maidstone on Monday, the game being played to mark 150 years of football for the Engineers, FA Cup winners in 1875.
There was also an immaculate performance by centre-back Michael Chambers, on loan from Crystal Palace. The Eagles paid a big fee for Chambers in January 2012 but injury has marred his progress and his loan to Borough is seen as an aid to his return to fitness. Chambers oozed class at Park Lane, one calm one-two played in the second half to clear up a fierce spell of home pressure being especially memorable.
But this piece is not about Chambers, it’s about the man whose shirt he has taken for the time being in the Harrow line-up. Danny Leech has been a fixture in the Harrow side for the last eight seasons, generally at centre-back after an initial spell in midfield.
Steady without being spectacular, his replacement by Chambers, albeit on a temporary basis, the Palace man being on a one-month loan, is an example of a manager always being prepared to make a change if it improves the team, whoever is affected.
Danny is not, however, a mischief-maker and instead of bleating to the local media, has got his head down and done whatever has been asked of him. At Hornchurch, with Harrow 2-0 up at half-time, that involved his introduction from the bench to replace an injured Rob Wolleaston in central midfield.
A few early passes might have gone astray, but Danny kept working away, and was rewarded by his first goal of the season following a corner and an important part in the build-up to Harrow’s fourth.
He kept his place in midfield for Harrow’s next game, the home loss to Thamesmead, but Wolleaston returned at Canvey and Leech was back on the bench. After 38 minutes, Brandon Horner was injured and this time Danny came on at right-back.
The Gulls had already threatened up their left flank and after half-time words from their management, not doubt along the lines of ‘this guy is a centre-back’ they did so time and time again in their second-half barrage. But Danny didn’t hide, despite being beaten a couple of times, and indeed brought his experience to bear to dampen the threat.
So Borough’s Mr Versatile has showed his qualities again, and all this at a time, I am told, when there has been some sad news hitting his family. Well done Danny!
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