Football: Lack of edge cost Harlow dear as they are held by Sudbury
Football / Sat 15th Mar 2014 pm31 04:56pm
Ryman Div One North
Harlow Town 1 v 1 AFC Sudbury
A LACK of killer instinct cost Harlow dear as they drew 1-1 at home to AFC Sudbury at the Harlow Arena.
In bright spring sunshine, both teams played like three points were the only option. Harlow won the first corner of the game after good work down the left by Shane Stamp.
Sudbury were an athletic team who were enjoying the wide spaces of the Harlow Arena. They were perhaps too athletic as Harlow had a fair shout for a foul when Stamp was bearing down on gaol.
In the 9th minute, Jonathan Glowacki flashed a shot across the Sudbury goal as the early pressure increased.
Danny Knowles had to wait until the 17th minute to see any action when he pushed away a great header by Sam Clarke for a corner.
In the 19th minute, Harlow opened the scoring when Junior Dadson tapped in at the far post from a great Stamp cross.
A controversial moment occurred in the 30th minute when the Sudbury keeper, Alex Archer took down Alex Read in the area. The referee, Elliott Kaye gave him just a yellow when many thought it was a red card. To add insult to injury, the keeper saved the spot kick.
Harlow made a sluggish start to the second half and they were made to pay when a harmless free kick by Jack Wilkinson floated over the heads of everybody and in for an equaliser.
Harlow didn’t panic and continued to play their stylish passing game but it lacked penetration and failed to trouble the Sudbury defence.
The Harlow fans were becoming frustrated as the Harlow players were often caught napping or playing down cul-de-sacs.
Sudbury started to look the stronger and when Ben Thompson stride into attack unmarked you felt they had the upperhand.
However, in the 77th minute, James Smith broke free, chipped the keeper but was only defeated as the ball bounced onto the bar and off.
Harlow stepped up the pressure in what was a very entertaining passage of play but they could not find that winning goal and so dropped another two vital points at home.
Harlow Town: Knowles D, Barnard D, Eadie L, Urquhart J, Blewitt D, Glowacki J, Dadson J (Smith G, 86 ), Muguo S, Read A, Smith J, Stamp S (Mathurine L 65).
Subs not used: McKenzie C, Curley S, Laird D.
Subs not used: Crisell J, Carus J
Ref: Elliott Kaye