RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Harrow 4 Enfield Town 2
FORMER Chelsea youngster Rob Wolleaston inspired a second half charge as Harrow eased their relegation worries with victory over 10-man Enfield on Saturday.
A non-playing member of the Blues’ FA Cup winning squad of 1999-2000, Wolleaston, now 34, defied a hamstring strain to emerge from the bench and score the killer fourth goal to drive Borough to three precious points.
Saheed Sankoh bagged a double, while exciting young striker Simeon Akinola also ended something of a goal drought in the victory which lifted Dave Anderson’s side to 16th and probably within one win of safety.
Wolleaston was only fit enough for the bench meaning Ola Williams started in midfield and Michael Barima replaced the injured Charles Ofusu-Hene in the two changes from Easter Monday’s derby defeat to Wealdstone.
The hosts were close to a dream start with little more than a minute on the clock. Sankoh’s ball over the top sent Akinola racing into the the box, but he fluffed his shot and Noel Imber saved comfortably.
However, five minutes later Borough did take the lead in spectacular fashion. A throw-in from the right was flicked on to Saheed Sankoh 25 yards out and he turned instinctively to lash past Imber.
The visitors were down to 10 men at the time as had been sent to the sidelines to change his undershorts.
The decision infuriated Town manager Steve Newing who was ordered from the dugout for his protests and with his side still rocking Gary Jones’ cross-shot was hacked to safety.
It was 14 minutes before Town offered a threat and when they did they should have levelled. Adam Wallace’s cross caught Michael Peacock sleeping and Joe O’Brien arrived unmarked only to knee the ball into the grateful arms of Ross Fitzsimons.
However, honours were even on 25 minutes when Berry conceded cheap possession in midfield and when Wallace outpaced Jones to cross Liam Hope pounced to hook the ball home.
Just a minute later it looked like 2-1 when Tyler Campbell sprinted clear, but Peacock recovered to produce a goal-saving tackle just as the midfield man was about to shoot.
Ex-Borough man Jonathan Hunt then caught the home side napping with a quickly taken corner only for Wallace to head over from little more than two yards out.
Borough were on the rack, but nearly snatched the lead against the run of play late in the half when Jones’ free-kick fell for Akinola, only for the youngster to miscue and the ball was scrambled clear.
Wolleaston emerged from the bench for the start of the second half in place of James Regis, Barima dropping to right back and Lucien switching wings, Akinola pushing out to the left and Sankoh being employed as a striker in the reshuffle.
The swap worked within five minutes as Borough regained the lead. Wolleaston and Lucien combined down the left and when the ball was played forward Akinola beat Imber to the loose ball.
The striker badly in need of a goal stepped back inside but showed the presence of mind not to shoot from an acute angle, instead rolling the ball across for Sankoh to force home his second of the game.
Berry gave way to James Burgess on the hour as the hosts looked to get more of a grip in the centre of midfield.
Jones charged down a Campbell drive with 20 minutes left and within a minute Borough had breathing space. Wolleaston was again the instigator with a ball over the top to Akinola who kept his cool to slide under Imber.
Borough though never do things the easy way and the cushion lasted barely 10 minutes before a corner from the left found the head of Hope at the far post and skipper Mark Kirby headed high into the net to set up a nervy finale.
However, two minutes later a hopeful ball forward was seized on by Wolleaston. The former Chelsea man looked well offside, but there was no flag and he advanced to beat Imber.
Enfield’s frustrating afternoon was complete when substitute Will Sturgess, already booked, was sent off for a late challenge on Williams in stoppage time.