Harrow Borough 1 Maidstone United 1
DAVID HOWELL believes new acquisition Robin Shroot has a bright future ahead of him after the Irish youngster again displayed the talismanic characteristics that made him a hit with Borough fans last season.
The 20-year-old spent three months on loan at Earlsmead last season and is now playing on a non-contract basis after his contract with AFC Wimbledon expired.
However, Borough boss Howell believes it is only a matter of time until a bigger club comes in and pays the Dons the £3,000 compensation required to sign him on a contract.
Shroot, who won two Northern Ireland Under-20 caps in March last year, is returning to full fitness following surgery in the summer and Howell is delighted he has returned to aid Borough's fortunes in front of goal.
"He can play anywhere up front and gives us another attacking option," said the manager. "He is a very talented player, one for the future and is good enough to go professional.
"I know Wimbledon rate him highly too and I want to give him the freedom to express himself. He has good control, great vision and has the ability to go past players and make defenders look silly."
On Saturday, however, it was Jonathan Constant who got the better of Maidstone's back-line to net an 82nd minute equaliser.
"We had enough chances in the first half to have won the game comfortably," added Howell. "Somehow we came in at half time losing but the team kept on going and we finished strongly.
"It was a decent performance and we're looking a bit better than what we have been."
Borough started brightly with Shroot trying his luck from 30 yards before Constant was denied by United stopper Walker. Borough skipper Wayne Walters then headed against his own bar before his side kept turning the screw with a goal looking likely.
However, it was the former league club that took the lead after 31 minutes when Nugent's superb shot and turn gave Andray Baptiste in the Harrow goal no chance.
Lee Hall and Bobby Highton both went close to restoring parity before the interval, where Howell took the opportunity to shuffle his pack. He withdrew Eugen George Burlacu, moved Hall and Watts to right and left-back respectively and introduced the pacy Josiah Hunte on the right.
Chances went begging for both sides until Constant got on the end of Clarke's flick-on to fire past a flat-footed Walker.
Clarke saw a late shot saved as Borough went in search of the win, but again it was not to be.
Harrow Borough: Baptiste, George Burlacu (Hunte, 45), L Hall, Walters, Leech, Highton, Lawrence (Frem-pong, 77), Shroot, Clarke, Constant (Morlese, 84), Watts.