Football: Hawks storm to one point off the top!

Football / Sat 25th Jan 2014 at 08:02pm

Ryman Div One North

Harlow Town 2 v 0 Witham Town

By Mark Sweeney

HARLOW Town went into the game sitting in third, with just a point separating themselves from the visitors.

With ten wins each, Harlow’s best home record in the league faced up against Witham’s best away record in the league.

Following a minute’s applause for passed away fan, Harlow started the stronger team, with midfielder James Smith coming close for the hawks on three occasions before John Glowacki forced Witham keeper into a spectacular diving save.

Despite coming close several times, Witham had to wait until the 40th minute for their first shot on target, which was comfortably saved by James May, who achieved his eighth clean sheet of the season.

The game seemed to be heading into half time goalless when striker Leon Antoine climbed above the defenders to head Smith’s corner into the back of the net and give Harlow the lead going into the break.

The home side continued to press in the second half, remaining on top and looking dangerous, whilst the closest Witham came to scoring was an offside goal.

With 20 minutes remaining, a massive volt of lightning struck the top of the stadium and the referee dragged the players off of the pitch until what was reported to be a tornado in the local area passed.

After ten minutes of postponed play, the match resumed and Harlow quickly regained their control on the game.

On 75 minutes Harlow deservedly doubled their lead, yet again through a corner, with Dodson getting on the end of Antoine’s flick on.

Witham should have got a goal back, but substitute, Joe Sweeney’s shot was blocked on the line by his own player and Harlow saw the result out.

After the game, Hawks manager, Danny Chapman said, “The storm was a big point in the game. When both teams have gone in and got a little bit cold, and it’s about who can pick the pace back up quickest, and we did that. But we won because we were better over the 90 minutes.

“I told the players before the game that they had to do better against teams around us, it’s something we need to improve on, and they did that.

“There’s still a long way to go, and there will be more twists and turns, but we’ve put ourselves in the right position to be real contenders.”

Attendance: 286

HARLOW TOWN: May, Martin, Eadie, Urquhart, Blewitt, Glowacki, Dadson, Muguo, Read, Antoine, Smith
Subs Not Used: Williams, Barnard, Smith, Hart, Knowles

WITHAM TOWN: Guest, Mead, Emery, Olley, King, White, Emmanuel, Ruel (Watson), Newby, Godbold, Wraight (Sweeney)
Subs Not Used: Lopes, Stopher, Begg

BOOKINGS: Newby (Witham)

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