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Harlow Town FC vs Leiston FC- Match Preview

Lifestyle / Fri 17th Mar 2017 at 08:07pm

By Luke Henry

Harlow return to the Harlow Arena after their 2-0 success away from home against Metropolitan Police. They entertain a Leiston side, who arrive on the back of a agonising 1-1 draw to top of the table Bognor Regis, who equalised in the dying seconds of the game. The away side are looking to close the gap on the final playoff spot, while Harlow still have their own aspirations themselves of finishing in the play offs positions come April time. This is going to be a tall order however with the Hawks six points adrift and have played more games than the other teams around them in the chasing pack. Their visitors have three games in hand on the Hawks and will be looking at this match to end the Hawks’ faint hopes, while consolidate theirs. Earlier on in the season, Leiston looked like genuine title contenders, keeping pace with at the top of the table with the likes of Havant and Waterlooville and Bognor Regis and Needham Market. However, a terrible run of form over the course of the new year has seen them lose pace at the top and now find themselves 15 points of Havant and Waterlooville in second, albeit with 2 games in hand. One win in 9 matches, drawing 2 of those doesn’t read pretty for the visitors, especially as they are taking on a side who have the best home record in the division. Harlow have won 12 matches out of the 19 they have played at home this season and have only failed to score twice in all home matches this campaign, against Havant and Waterlooville and Billericay respectively. Therefore this game should produce goals from both sides, especially from the away side as Leiston have scored the most goals this season with 84 and carry the potent threat of Matthew Blake, the top scorer in the division with 24 goals and also Nico muir who has 15 goals to his name. Harlow will be looking to their danger man Alex Read, who has scored 150+ goals for Harlow in his three seasons at the club to provide against a side who are clinical in front of goal. Harlow’s form has been somewhat inconsistent over the past weeks, losing three and winning three out of the last seven matches and need to pick up some form if they are to have any chance of being in the play offs.

Harlow could recall Khale Da Costa towards the team after the midfielder missed out completely last week, while the visitors have Jake Hutchings and Patrick Brothers pushing for starts in what promises to be an intriguing affair on saturday afternoon.

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