Harrow Borough 2 Hastings United 3
Harrow, just three minutes away from a replay in Sussex, were bounced out of the FA Carlsberg Trophy at the second qualifying stage by a late winner from Hastings substitute Jack Franklin.
Borough manager David Howell had some selection dilemmas before the game, missing skipper Wayne Walters and keeper Gary Ross through suspension. Andray Baptiste, not yet back to full fitness, was nonetheless forced to play between the sticks, while there was a second centre back start for Simon Dahl: oddly the other had been against the same opponents in September's league fixture.
In pouring rain that got worse as the game progressed, the visitors, with the wind at their backs, threatened from the start and the home defence had to hack the ball clear when Baptiste spilled an early cross. Hastings went in front in the third minute, but they did not contribute to the goal. Danny Leech's back pass was wayward and the ball went past the keeper and painfully trickled into the goal.
Bobby Highton curled a shot over for Harrow, but Hastings were in control. Sawyer's shot on the turn was saved by Baptiste, and a curler by Adams had Baptiste back-pedalling. The Hastings defence did well to keep out Robin Shroot's dangerous cross after good work by Daniel McGonigle before Shroot again went close.
Lee Hall shot wide when a cross by Shroot was cleared to him, before Harrow conceded again in the 27th minute. Baptiste tipped over White's chip, but allowed the resulting corner, an inswinger from Adams, to go directly across him and nestle in the far corner.
Harrow looked dejected as they trooped off at the interval, but whatever Howell said at half-time had a galvanising effect and, with the wind and rain at their backs, they took the game to their Sussex opponents from the restart. Immediately they were rewarded with a 47th minute goal. Jonathan Constant's corner was headed across goal by Shroot. Highton picked up the ball and tracked to the right, before crossing for Dewayne Clarke, who controlled the ball and poked it past Nessling.
Substitute Kurt Morlese headed wide from a cross by Clarke, before forcing Nessling into a super save. An equaliser looked likely and it finally came after 77 minutes. A build-up on the right ended with a cross by Morlese that Highton side-footed past Nessling for the midfielder's first goal in over a year.
Harrow looked to get a winner and Shroot went past four defenders before being stopped by a fifth, but it was naivety in pressing for the decisive goal that cost them, after 87 minutes.
Ryan Watts' shot was charged down and Hastings broke rapidly upfield. Baptiste blocked a first effort on goal, but the ball rebounded to Franklin, who gleefully tucked away the winner.
Harrow Borough: Baptiste, Hall (Hunte, 89), Watts, Dahl, Leech, Highton, Lawrence, McGonigle (Morlese, 52), Clarke, Constant (Jones, 73), Shroot