Football: Harlow throw two-goal lead away

Football / Wed 17th Dec 2014 at 02:34pm

Ryman Div One North

Thamesmead 3 v 2 Harlow Town

THE dip in form for Harlow Town continued on Tuesday night as they let go of a two goal lead to lose 3-2 at Thamesmead.

Shane Stamp and Billy Jones put the Hawks ahead, but three goals for the hosts in the final 20 minutes saw Harlow leave empty handed, missing the chance to top the table in the process.

Stamp scored the firston 14 minutes, when a corner fell to him at the far side of the box and he struck it well on the volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Thamesmead’s first real attack didn’t come until 20 minutes, and with the exception of a corner scrambled clear on 36 minutes, the Harlow defence had very little to do for most of the first half.

It was neat play by Shane Stamp with Layne Eadie that led to the second goal.

Stamp passed the ball for Eadie to run onto, who reached the byeline and crossed low and hard. Billy Jones tapped the ball home from a yard out to double the lead on 51 minutes.

Thamesmead did get on the scoresheet on 68 minutes. A free kick was pumped forward and Thompson, coming out to collect it, ended up in a heap on the floor, allowing Calum McGeehan to shoot into an empty net.

The goal sparked Thamesmead into life and they started to play with purpose. Despite Harlow creating further chances it was the hosts that scored the next goal. Fabion Simms shot just wide from another good cross from Stamp, and the resulting long goal kick was collected by Leslie Thompson to shoot low into the net with just over 10 minutes to play.

Five minutes later, the travelling fans were left wondering in disbelief as Thamesmead took the lead for the first time in the game. The Harlow defence failed to clear a corner which bounced in the area, and despite Thompson saving the initial shot the rebound was hit home to the delight of the home side.

The Hawks desperately searched for an equaliser, but with the clock running out they were unable to find the breakthrough and the home side held on to inflict only the second league defeat of the season for Harlow

The result keeps the Hawks one point behind the league-leaders Needham Market with both teams having played 25 games. The next game for Harlow is away to Cray Wanderers on Sunday 21st December, 3:00pm kick off.

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