Simply red: Harrow Borough’s slump continues, but there is reason for optimism

PUBLISHED: 16:21 28 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:21 28 August 2013

Simeon Akinola has struggled in front of goal for Harrow so far this season, epitomising his side's problems up front. Pic courtesy of Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Simeon Akinola has struggled in front of goal for Harrow so far this season, epitomising his side's problems up front. Pic courtesy of Andrew Aleksiejczuk


Borough blogger Danny Godfrey says clinical finishing can lift Dave Anderson’s side as they search for their first win of the season in the Ryman League Premier Division

Last week I said it had been a mixed start to the season for Harrow Borough – and it has got worse.

The bank holiday weekend saw the Reds take on rivals Wealdstone at home and Metropolitan Police away. Borough went into these games winless, albeit with some half-decent and encouraging performances.

Dave Anderson’s side had amassed two points from a possible 12, although the opposition had been tough: relegated Billericay and league leaders Kingstonian at home with trips to play-off chasers Bury Town and Margate.

There was belief that things would start to turn around. Well this weekend they didn’t.

Despite having the better of the chances on Saturday against Wealdstone, you just got the feeling Wealdstone were going to take all three points, as they usually do in this fixture.

Borough had their chances in the game but Jonathan North in goal for Wealdstone made some crucial saves to deny Simeon Akinola.

I mentioned last week about manager Dave Anderson saying he would have liked six points from the opening six games. Borough headed into the game against Metropolitan Police in the relegation places and ended Monday right at the bottom of the table, following a 2-0 defeat.

What Harrow need to start doing is taking their chances. An abundance of attacking options had left fans and management thinking that there will be a lot more goals compared to last season.

This has yet to materialise with Shaun Lucien, a winger, having scored three of his side’s four goals. The other was an own goal. On the opening day, forward Chris Benjamin missed an open goal whilst also hitting the woodwork. In the three games after this, Harrow have missed two penalties, with Akinola also hitting woodwork in the games against Bury, Margate and Kingstonian.

Things could have been very different had the forwards had their shooting boots on. There is no denying that the team have had a tough start and not many would argue against the fact that Billericay, Bury, Margate, Kingstonian and Wealdstone will be near the top come April.

However Borough are in a slump. No wins from the first six games is not good reading. The players and management need to work hard now to get the first win and hopefully get a good run of form going, especially with the FA Cup coming up in September. For now, Anderson’s side end August with a trip to Leiston and hopefully a first three points of the season.

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