Football: Harlow crash out of cup

Football / Wed 29th Jan 2014 at 08:13am

Robert Dyas Cup Quarter Final

Harlow Town 1 v 4 AFC Sudbury

By Mark Sweeney

HARLOW Town crashed out of the Robert Dyas Cup, as high flying AFC Sudbury move on to the semi-finals.

Both teams carried momentum going into the game, with Harlow just a point off the top spot in the league, and Sudbury not having lost a game since November.

The first half was tight and neither team looked like scoring, however the visitors had the edge, keeping the ball better and coming closest, forcing Hawks keeper, Daniel Knowles, into a diving save.

As the rain starting to come down harder, the second half started, and remained goaless until the 55th minute, where a row of corners lead to defender Ryan Henshaw rising above the Harlow defenders to head Sudbury in to the lead.

From that moment on, the home side began to sink further, with Ben Thompson doubling the lead, yet again through a corner.

With ten minutes remaining, Harlow top scorer, Alex Read, scrambled a goal back, and as a roar of thunder sounded, it seemed as though Harlow could be on a comeback, before Ryan Horne cut inside and coolly passed the ball into the bottom corner, just four minutes later, confirming his team’s place in the semi-finals.

Harlow were already out of the game when substitute, Jamie Forshaw, scored the best goal of the night, coming inside from the left and bending the ball into the top right corner, leaving Knowles motionless.

AFC’s only negative point of the night came in the 68th minute, as their manager was sent to the stand after complaining to the referee about the position of a throw in.

Harlow now have to look ahead to their weekend league clash with mid-table Burnham Ramblers, who themselves are looking to bounce back from a loss to AFC Sudbury.

Attendance: 134

HARLOW TOWN: Knowles, Barnard, Eadie, Urquhart, Blewitt, Glowacki, G Smith (Curley), Muguo, Read, J Smith, McKenzie (O’Donoghue)

Subs Not Used: Martin, May

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