DAVID Howell believes lessons from the past are helping Harrow Borough cope with life after Troy Hewitt.
The Borough boss lost his young starlet last month when Hewitt joined the big time with Championship leaders QPR, but after an initial blip following the 20-goal striker’s departure, Harrow have now won three on the bounce to get back in the play-off scrap.
Howell has lost star players before, notably when Albert Adomah (now Bristol City) left for Barnet and before that Robin Shroot made the leap to league football.
Howell admits his side are not the potent force they were with Hewitt and it has been a major reshuffle, but after three clean sheets in a row, amid some ugly wins, they are back on track.
He said: "Since we lost Troy we are probably not such a free-scoring side, so we’ve had to adjust accordingly. And I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot of lessons from the departure of people like Albert and Robin and the effect it had on the squad. I knew the effect of Troy’s departure was going to be negative and pull something away from what we had.
"However, I knew if we could tactically shuffle things around and still get ourselves performing and winning matches, that is what it is about."
One of the secrets to the new-found defensive solidity has been youngster George Chanda, who was outstanding in Saturday’s win over fellow high fliers AFC Hornchurch.
Chanda then showed his versatility switching to left back for the win over Tooting.
One of the shortest full backs around, the 22-year-old is not easily bullied and is happy to be ‘Mr Adaptable’.
He said: "I’m not intimidated one bit by playing against big players – I like a challenge.
"Players might look at me and think they might get the better of me but I’ve got to give them nothing to build their confidence and let them know I’m about.
"I want to play, so if it’s right, back left back or anywhere, I’ll play sweeper or centre half if I have to."