Boreham Wood 1 Harrow Borough 2
David Howell dished out some home truths to some of his players to get them back to winning ways in the Ryman Premier at Meadow Park last Saturday.
After sucessive defeats to Harlow Town and Canvey Island Howell read the riot act in a series of individual meetings with players, and got the reaction he was looking for at Boreham Wood where goals from Lee Hall and Warren Whitely secured a precious three points.
"We had a couple of meetings with a few players to clear the air as the proverbial had hit the fan," admitted the Borough boss. "At one stage JC (Jonathan Constant) wanted to leave while I had a chat with Dewayne Clarke about his dicipline.
"It was basically to address important issues which can make a difference to us. You have to get under the layers of the players and find out what is inside them. I needed to get the players back on an even keel."
It is not the first time Constant has almost left the Earlsmead club. He was unhappy at the lack of first team starts but had recently forced his way back into the frame and grabbed a couple of goals to boot.
However, it appeared Constant had marked his card once again last week only to have another change of heart.
"I was happy to release him last week," added Howell. "He was gone. I'd got fed up with the whole situation as I don't need uncertainty here. I need people who want to stay and fight for this club.
"If you don't want to be a part of it, goodbye.
"I spoke to a few people who have been representing him and they agreed in the end that Harrow Borough is the best place for JC to be at this moment in time. He is committed until the end of the season."
This year has been very much about results, rather than performances for Howell's men. However, he was delighted to get both on Saturday.
"The result really did flatter Bore-ham Wood. Their goal was the only blemish for me. The boys gave a terrific performance and got the result, which will give them confidence."
Howell restored Ryan Watts to left back after a lengthy spell out injured while Danny McGonigle and Warren Whitely were preferred to Kwasi Frempong and Jonathan Constant.
New boy Dean Fenton fired a warning shot in the host's direction with a fierce rising volley as Harrow enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.
Harrow stopper Andray Baptiste dealt comfortably with a Chris Watters free kick before the breakthrough arrived two minutes before half time.
McGonigle won possession and allowed Hall to latch on to the ball. He then curled a powerful right foot shot round the Woods keeper inside the foot of the right hand post.
Harrow then doubled their lead minutes into the second period, Whitely lashing home from 25 yards after the Wood defence had backed off.
The hosts' Mario Noto glanced a header wide from Sean Sonner's cross but they eventually got a consolation goal in stoppage time through substitute Jon Clements. Harrow Borough: Baptiste, Leech, Watts, Walters, Jinadu, Highton, Fenton, McGonigle, Clarke, Hall, Whitely.