Football: Hawks now one point from the top after Read double

Football / Sun 9th Feb 2014 at 11:14am

By Mark Sweeney

HARLOW Town continue climbing towards the top of the table, as an Alex Read double leaves them just a point behind leaders VCD Athletic.

Plagued with injuries, the home side started striker David Laird, who was able to link up well with top-scorer Read and create chances, however it was tricky midfielder, James Smith, who ran the show, having a role in almost every attack.

Visitors, Wroxham, struggled to break out of their own half in the opening 45 minutes, with goalkeeper, Robert Juhasz’s kicks barely reaching the centre circle.

With only a single shot on target in the first half, Wroxham struggled to make an impact while Harlow went into the break frustrated at not being ahead having dominated the half.

With the strong wind seemingly impacting the game, the sides were expected to reverse roles in the second half, however the Hawks continues as they had left off, re-establishing control quickly, penning Wroxham back into their own half.

With 50 minutes on the clock, Harlow inevitably took the lead, as Man of the Match, Smith, beat his man down the left set up Laird, who finished well into the lop corner.

Just nine minutes later, and the home side doubled their lead through Read’s 35th goal of the season.

With twenty minutes remaining, Wroxham should of got a goal back, as a goal kick soared over the defender’s heads and put Kiern Joseph clean through, only to shoot over and he tried to lob James May, who picked up his ninth clean sheet this season.

With the game already won, Read tapped in a scrappy goal, extending Harlow’s winning-streak to three games.

Commenting on his team’s performance, Harlow Town Manager, Danny Chapman, said, “The wind was really strong. In the first half they got pinned back, but we made things to condense. We didn’t retain our shape or pass well enough; however we won 3-0. A clean sheet and three points.

“All you can do is keep putting pressure on teams and hope they slip up. We have another home game Tuesday, and if we win that we’ll go top, but I think there’s still a few more twists and turns to come.”

Chapman was also full of praise for Smith, stating, “Smith is a hell of a talent, he shouldn’t be playing at this level. He’s had a couple of injuries and set-backs, but now he’s starting to pick his game up, he’ll be important for the rest of the season. Whether I can keep him for next year is another question.”

Attendance: 214

May, Barnard, Eadie, Urquhart, O’Donoghue, Glowacki, G Smith (Dadson), Muguo, Read, Laird (McKenzie), J Smith
Subs Not Used: Knowles

Juhasz, Marsden, Taylor, Rust, King, Harty, Saunders (Eagleton), Drake, Gordon, Durant, Joseph
Subs Not Used: Groves, Ebbage, Guyton, Cary

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