FA Vase THIRD ROUND PROPER Lowestoft Town 2 Harefield United 1
A HEROIC fightback by Harefield United gave last year's beaten finalists Lowestoft Town a real scare before they bowed out of the FA Vase.
Two goals in as many first half minutes put Lowestoft well on top and only a penalty save and several other stops by Charlie Miller prevented further damage as the Suffolk side looked to run riot early on.
It was a different story after the break, however, as the Hares took the game to their hosts and Warren Gladdy, Murray Williamson and Paul Haynes dominated midfield.
Gary Williams, Luke Eldridge and Tom Kirk repelled anything Lowestoft could muster to leave Miller surprisingly untrou-bled while at the other end Adam Willis and Craig Totton gave Harefield the width they craved.
Andy Reynolds made a fine reflex save from Tom Kirk before with 11 minutes to go the Hares got their reward when Drake was fouled and Danny Buckle pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, despite the keeper getting his fingertips to it.
The visitors piled on the pressure and Reynolds made another great save before in the dying moments Buckle controlled the ball and slipped a shot past a defender and the keeper.
Hares fans held their breath as the ball went across the goal, hit the post but agonisingly stayed out.
The second half was in stark contrast to the first, which Harefield had actually begun well with Totton curling over from their best chance, but thereafter Miller's goal came under heavy pressure.
He made one fine stop low to his left but on 30 minutes Lowestoft were awarded a soft free kick and Ross King made it 1-0 at the back post.
Two minutes later the Hares had two chances to clear the ball in a goalmouth scramble and when it came out to RichardWoodgrove he hit a superb 30-yarder to double the lead.
Harefield looked dangerous on the break for the rest of the half but on 38 minutes Lowestoft should have added a thirdfrom the spot but Miller gave the visitors hope with an excellent save, matched by his opposite number from a Williamson shot in the dying moments of the half, and Harefield could not quite rescue the situation after the break. HAREFIELD: Miller, Williams, Totton, Eldridge, Haynes, Williamson, Buckle, A Willis, Drake, Kirk, Gladdy. Subs: Brown, Kelly, Cowen, L Willis.
Goals, Lowestoft: King 30; Woodgrove 32. Hares: Buckle 79 (pen). Attendance: 842.