Harrow Borough's winning streak ended by Walton Casuals
Harrow’s seven-game winning run came to an end, in the same competition it had begun, as they were dumped out of the League Cup on a cold and somewhat soulless night on the banks of the Thames with a 2-1 defeat to Walton Casuals.
Steve Baker used the tie to give some game-time to some players on the fringe of regular first-team action, with Alfie Cain, Dernell Wynter, Lekan Orimolusi and Ayodeji Owoeye all getting starting berths.
Imran Uche moved to a central defensive position alongside Shaun Preddie.
The game began quietly, with Casuals having the first attempt on goal after ten minutes, Rowe shooting wide following a corner.
Harrow began to play the ball around nicely on the 3G surface (about a trillion times better than Hendon’s, incidentally), but it was Josh Strizovic who was called into action halfway through the half, saving well as Liddle was played in, in the inside-left channel.
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Owoeye was the first to have a serious effort for Harrow, angling a shot across the goal from the edge of the box.
Walton went ahead in the 28th minute as Liddle ran through to shoot under Strizovic.
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Harrow went close before the break as Owoeye headed wide from a Wynter corner, and Casuals captain Lelan made a great clearance to end a scramble.
The second period started as quietly as the first had until, in the 57th minute Akers, a player once linked with a possible move to Harrow, got past James Taylor and lashed a fierce shot past Strizovic.
George Moore had a header from Taylor’s free-kick saved by Adams, while Preddie picked up yet another booking, his hack at Gordon bringing the yellow card that will trigger his second suspension of the season.
Baker made a triple substitution to try to put a bit more zip into the Harrow performance, and all three did just that.
Kunle Otudeko was his usual mercurial self, David Ozobia – on his debut – settled well into midfield and played some nice passes, and James Ewington looked tack-sharp against one of his former clubs.
Comley’s clearance deflected off Ozobia and went wide, Ozobia then found Owoeye who twisted past a defender but saw his effort blocked, and in the 87th minute Ewington intercepted a pass, took the ball to the left, and from a very tight angle, scored his tenth goal of the campaign.
Moore cut in from the left to drag a shot past the near post and that was it, Harrow were out.