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Football: Harlow come back to claim a point against Tilbury

Football / Sun 17th Aug 2014 am31 11:39am

Harlow Town v TilburyRyman Div One North

Harlow Town 2 v 2 Tilbury

HARLOW came from two goals down to grab a draw against a tough and resolute Tilbury in a 2-2 draw at the Harlow Arena.

Tilbury started the stronger of the two teams and although Sam West’s header into the back of the net was judged offside, it certainly showed that Paul Vaughan’s men were not going to be cowed by the unbeaten Harlow.

If you ever wondered why Harlow had re-signed David Cowley then a beautiful cross field ball should have given you all the answers.

Sam West drifted off side again but Harlow were playing a dangerous game.

Harlow Town got their first corner of the game in the 14th minute. It was sent over by David Cowley but Jared Small couldn’t get a proper shot in.

Harlow pounced on a mistake by the Dockers in the 18th minute, Layne Eadie thundered forward , passed to David Cowley but his shot went across the goaline.

Sam Cutler blasted a shot over the bar for Tilbury and that was followed by Jared Small hit a chance against Hawks keeper, Ed Thompson. It was entertaining stuff.

A foul on James Smith saw Harlow awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. But David Cowley’s fierce kick was safely held by keeper Dean Driscoll.

Sam West had looked dangerous and sure enough, he was the man who scored first. Harlow again dithered at the back and let the ball ping to Sam West who made no mistake from close range.

Tilbury should really have made it 2-0 with a strong run by Joe Christou into the box but it was bundled away.

In the 40th minute, David Cowley really should have equalised as his shot beat the keeper but bounced off the post.

Tilbury made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time. More slack defending and Tom Wood had the simplest of chances to side foot the ball away from close range.

Harlow had a great chance at the beginning of the second half. Jared Small sent over a great cross, all Shane Stamp had to do was find the target. He headed over.

Harlow Town’s day got worse when Michael Toner was sent off for a foul on Harry Cook.

The game became very bad tempered.

One of the mysteries of the game was Alex Read’s total inability to get in the game.

Harlow fans were complaining at the referee but Tilbury simply exploited a poor Harlow that lacked invention and a plan B.

But a goal from in the 77th minute gave Harlow a lifeline when Jared Small scuffed the ball in from close range.

Harlow pressed on. David Cowley had a shot from close range but it hit his own player in Jared Small.

The equaliser came through a penalty when Tilbury’s James Smith was judged to have handled in the box. It was a bit harsh. Alex Read’s penalty was well saved but he managed to hit the rebound in.

The end of the game was very ill-tempered with red cards for James Smith and for Aaron Waters for one altercation. A minute later, Tilbury’s Jake Pooley was also sent off for a dangerous tackle.

The Dockers will feel this was not a fair result whilst Harlow Town will know they stole a point.

Harlow Town: Thompson E, Glasgow B, Eadie L, Toner M, Simms F, Small J (Lorenzani C 88), Cowley D, Read A, Smith J, Stamp S (McKenzie C 70)

Subs not used: Fry D, Smith G, Hickman T

Tilbury: Driscoll D, Pooley J, Waters A, Henty G (Aiken E 77), West S, Christou J, Wood T, Carlile J, Hunt B, Cutler S, Cook H (Nightingill J 88)

Subs not used: Vaughan B, Aiken E, Flack R, Aldwinckle D

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