Carshalton Athletic 3

Harrow Borough 1

THE effects of a near three-week lay-off showed as Harrow Borough were brushed aside by Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday night.

Borough had not played since the 3-3 draw at home to Lowestoft Town on March 9 as their last four fixtures fell victim to the weather.

Dave Anderson’s side struggled to shake their ring rust at the War Memorial Sports Ground and slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the bottom-of-the-table Robins.

With Saturday’s postponement with Bognor Regis still fresh in the memory, Boro were made to wait for this one to kick-off as the referee arrived late for the clash.

Anderson will be wishing he had not shown up at all tall as the Irishman endured a frustrated evening in the freezing dugout.

He watched in horror as Boro gifted their hosts the lead as Michael Peacock managed to turn a Tyrell Miller-Rodney cross into his own net.

Carshalton held their lead into the interval and doubled the advantage after the restart through the lively Pelayo Pico Gomez, whose hold-up play was superb on the night. Harrow gave themselves hope with 20 minutes to play as Shaun Lucien somehow found the net directly from a corner to set up an exciting finish.

But Boro missed an open goal to wave their hopes of salvaging a point goodbye before Nathaniel Pinney made sure of the result for Athletic late on.

Harrow must now pick themselves up for a big few days as they take on Gary McCann’s Hendon on Saturday and derby rivals Wealdstone on Easter Monday.