Wealdstone 3-0 Harrow Borough
Self-inflicted errors proved the downfall for 10-man Harrow Borough last night as they slid to an all-too familiar derby defeat at arch-rivals Wealdstone.
The hosts eased home 3-0 in the end, but Borough, who had Adam Louth sent off, were left to reflect on three soft goals, with confusion between James Shea and his defenders making life easier than it might have been.
Michael Malcolm set Wealdstone on their way victory and a further three points in their quest for the title and many thought he had scored a second when Stones made it 3-0 in the second half, though it was later revealed he had got no touch on Luke Pigden’s cross-cum-shot from distance
Man of the match Elliott Godfrey also managed to get on the score sheet for Gordon Bartlett’s men who sit just a point adrift of leaders Maidstone and second-placed Dulwich with two and three games in hand respectively.
Yet, in-form Borough came out of the blocks much quicker than Stones with Shaun Lucien and Simeon Akinola’s pace proving difficult to defend against.
The visitors could have snatched the lead after just five minutes through hold up play from Lucien, who then managed to locate midfielder Harold Odametey with a great through ball.
The midfielder got his effort beyond keeper Jonathan North only for Stones’ skipper Sean Cronin to get back and clear brilliantly off the line.
The intervention looked all the more crucial when Stones broke the deadlock on the quarter-hour, Michael Malcolm capitalizing on statuesque defending by Borough to head home Tom Pett’s cross from the left.
Harrow could have levelled almost immediately as a flick on from striker Oliver Hawkins played in Simeon Akinola who was through on goal, but his effort lacked power and was easily gathered by the diving North.
Trickery from midfielder Tom Pett nearly granted Wealdstone a second goal before the break, as he dribbled his way across the box and unleashed a left footed shot which beat Shea but struck the post with Pigden following up but having his effort deflected wide.
The mercurial Pett was then denied again when Shea somehow got fingers to an effort seemingly destined for the top corner to claw it over the bar.
It was a different story though just after the break as the ex-Arsenal keeper dropped the clanger which ended the game as a contest, calling for but getting nowhere near a hopeful James Hammond cross which hit Godfrey as much as anything and dribbled past the stranded custodian.
Bartlett’s men were now in complete control and were within a whisker of a third when the excellent Jerome Okimo hit the post with a great low shot following Malcolm’s pass.
The inevitable though was not delayed for long as more woeful defending handed Wealdstone a deserved third on 67 minutes.
Godfrey’s initial corner was over-hit, but Pett was allowed to retrieve. His delivery too was too long yet Godfrey, under no challenge, was able to recycle and play the ball back to Pigden whose curling effort beat everyone and nestled in the far corner, Shea left wrong-footed by Malcolm’s clever run across the flight of the ball.
Borough’s misery was compounded when Louth, booked earlier, was sent off for a late challenge in the closing minutes.