Football: Harlow go down in very friendly friendly

Football / Sat 21st Jul 2018 at 05:36pm


Harlow Town 0 v 4 Chelmsford City – very much a friendly friendly

By Chris Vince

ANY chance of an upset at the McCulloch arena was put pay to early in the first half by two excellent strikes from Clarets striker Rhys Murphy, who could have had three if it wasn’t for his earlier attempt being deemed off side.

Murphy’s second goal was particularly impressive considering the slight angle at which he managed to get ball past David Hughes and into the back of the Hawks net.

In the second half there was a glimmer of hope for Harlow, an unnecessary foul by City gave the Hawks a penalty. Andre McCollins spot kick was on target but Chelmsford’s number 1 Ross Warner went the right way.

It was a trialist, Jordan Chiedoze who made it three for Chelmsford late on in the second half. The player with number 20 on his back for this friendly will almost certainly be snapped up by Chelmsford after his display.

The game finished 4-0 to the visitors with Claret striker Tom Wraight getting the better of the Hawks’ substitute goal keeper of the game in the closing minutes.

As someone born in Chelmsford but now living in Harlow I saw myself as a relative neutral in this game. Positives for Chelmsford are obviously more apparent and Rod Stringer will clearly be a far happier manager than Danny Chapman.

City striker Rhys Murphy looking like a decent replacement for departed front man Chris Dickson and a number of the trialists looking good enough to secure permanent contracts. One had even come from Bristol Rovers to get a game. However, if they want to secure promotion to the conference proper and avoid yet another season of play off disappointment they’re going to need to work on their discipline. The penalty they conceded was unnecessary and in a more competitive fixture could cost them points.

The Hawks must remember when reflecting on this game they were up against a side a division above them. For me the biggest positive for them was David Hughes’ performance between the sticks. His sweeper keeping, reminding me of Manuel Neuer in 2014, saved Harlow a couple of times.

Going forward they showed promise and that there is at least life after Alex Read although speaking to Hawks fans after the game they are expecting another long season. I very much hope they’re wrong however, and that both teams have successful 2018/19 campaigns in their respective leagues!

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