Football: Harlow show heart to take three points in first game of the season.

Football / Sat 14th Aug 2021 at 05:26pm

Southern League: Central Division

Harlow Town 2 v 1 Hertford Town

HARLOW Town made a winning start to the season with a 2-1 win against Hertford Town.

These were not easy conditions as it was humid and hot but both teams gave it their all over ninety minutes.

There were a number of unforced errors in the opening minutes as both were trying to find their way.

Harlow opened the scoring in the 7th minutes when the impressive Demerary Anyadike got to the deadball line before sliding the ball across to Alex Read who slotted the ball home from close range.

Harlow showed great discipline, balance and organisation in the first half whilst Hertford seemed to be playing five-a-side football.

It was no surprise when Craig Alcock was able to make it 2-0 when the ball was half cleared into his path and he thumped it into the top of the net.

The rest of the half saw Hertford struggling to carve out a chance and Harlow Town looking very comfortable.

The second half was different. Hertford came up with a Plan B and were more organised and penetrative.

Having said that the Hawk should have made it 3-0 but a goalmouth scramble was marked by a number of weak shots by Harlow.

You wouldn’t say a goal for Hertford was coming but Harlow were letting them come at them and were not closing them down.

Hertford hit the bar and soon after were awarded a penalty which keeper Thomas Middlehurst saved.

A few moments later, Hertford striker Samuel Faniyan scored from close range.

It set up the last ten minutes. Hertford were dynamic and used the full width of the pitch but never truly troubled Harlow.

The Hawks were able to see out the last few minutes.

It was great to see a crowd of 251 enjoying the win, who gave the home team, great support.

It is a bit too early to assess the team’s quality and whether they can challenge for promotion. They played as a team first half and look ed very assured. In the second half, they looked one paced and predictable but this is only the first game. Match fitness and familiarity will bring dividends. And in the end, it was three points.

Harlow return to league action on Tuesday against league favourites, Bedford Town.

Harlow Town

Middelhurst T, Alcock C, Eadie L, Shala E, Steele J, Simms F, Anyadike D (Tyrell C 90), Gordon S, Read A (Kayembe W), Marku M (Small J,), Dadson S.

Subs Not Used: Wilson T, Attrill A,

Post match interview with Harlow Town manager, Danny Chapman

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