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Simply red: A Harrow Borough fan’s verdict on the season so far

PUBLISHED: 13:23 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23 21 August 2013

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Borough blogger Danny Godfrey has witnessed a mixed start to the campaign for Dave Anderson’s side in the Ryman League Premier Division

On Tuesday night, I took to Earlsmead for the second time this season and cannot be discouraged with what I witnessed.

A point against the league leaders Kingstonian was a good result, especially with a clean sheet, and particularly following two defeats at Bury Town and Margate.

The two games I have attended have both been draws, 1-1 against Billericay Town on the opening day and 0-0 on Tuesday night, both of which you have to think are positive considering Billericay and Kingstonian are likely to be towards the top of the table come April.

Tuesday’s contest was an even one and both teams should be content with a point. I was encouraged by Boro’s attacking flair, especially compared to last season.

This follows a major sponsorship deal for the club who have been able to sign better players such as Leroy Griffiths, formerly of QPR. The word is that this will start to get Borough going in the right direction - up the table.

Borough should have won against Billericay and last night deserved their point. Everything seems good then? Well, the two away games may suggest otherwise.

Six goals were conceded and the defence seems that it could be the Achilles heel this season. There was gossip last night that Boro had just signed on a new defender which will help.

Four games in and it is really hard to predict whether Borough will be better or worse than in previous seasons. Players in attack such as Simeon Akinola, Griffiths and Shaun Lucien will trouble Isthmian League defenders all season but will the defence be able to do their part and keep the opposition out? That remains to be seen.

Borough conceded three goals at Bury Town in a narrow 3-2 defeat, having missed a penalty and a goal disallowed for offside. However the worst was to come at Margate last weekend.

At half-time they were level 1-1 and with Margate down to 10 men, you had to back Borough to go on and get something from the game.

They didn’t as they conceded twice in the second half to lose 3-1. No doubt it has been a difficult start with the opening fixtures not being kind. Gaffer Dave Anderson has said he will be happy with six points from the opening six games. So far they have taken two from a possible 12.

Things won’t be getting any easier this weekend when we take on unbeaten rivals Wealdstone, a game we normally lose. Borough fans who I regularly chat to at games also seem upbeat about the season, if some of the defensive cracks can be filled.

I’m going to stick my neck out on the line and say that if another defender or two can be signed and the team find their feet, they will win their fair share of games and finish in mid-table. Here is to a first win of the season this Saturday. Come on you Reds!


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