Local rivals Wealdstone and Harrow Borough will insist they share little in common other than an intense rivalry, but both will be missing one key ingredient when the sides clash at Earlsmead on Easter Monday – a prolific goalscorer.
Harrow stumbled through March and suffered a blow when top goalscorer Dewayne Clarke left to join long time suitors, Boreham Wood. The enigmatic forward was a target for Wealdstone last year but manager Gordon Bartlett failed to land him.
“I enquired about him to Dave (Howell, Borough manager) earlier in the season but things did not work out. If we had a proven goalscorer or Greg Ngoyi had been on fire like he was last season I think we would be very comfortable (in the play-offs) by now, but it is not to be.”
Howell, meanwhile, is hoping his side “turn the corner” over the Easter period after a disappointing March.
“Wealdstone have been winning the derbies for a while, they have had the bragging rights," he said. They got through a sticky patch and a congested fixture schedule and we have got to turn the corner at some stage too.
“Because we have not been killing teams off I think we have forgotten how to win matches.”