Football: Hard-working Harlow end up empty handed against Berkhamsted

Football / Sat 28th Aug 2021 at 05:06pm

Southern League Central

Harlow Town 0 v 1 Berkhamsted

FIRST things first: Harlow Town never stopped trying. The players gave their all for ninety minutes but in the end, it was one goal by the league leaders that made all the difference.

The first half was very even. Danny Chapman’ men looked organised and solid. If there was a fault then Harlow were rushing their game. Quickly taken free kicks and the advantage from hard earned throws were all wasted by misdirected balls that went nowhere.

Berkhamsted were also well organised but really lacked cutting edge. They look like a team that would only benefit from the opposition making a mistake.

There were plenty of impressive performances on display. We continue to be impressed by young Demaray Anyadike whose work down the wing was excellent.

You could also tell that all the players were putting in a real shift.

In the 41st minute, Anyadike did have the ball in the back of the net but he was judged offside.

Sure enough, just two minutes later, Berkhamsted went up the other end, Adam Watkins found himself in space and put the ball past Hawks keeper, Tom Middlehurst.

The goal solidified Berkhamsted’s approach and they were very organised and disciplined in the second half.

There was no doubt that Harlow had a Plan B. Indeed, they brought on three subs but they never really executed it, apart from in the dying minutes of the game, when sub Hector Mackie produced some wonderful skill in the penalty area but his cross wasn’t met.

Harlow may have already met two of the best teams in the league however, this could end up being a very long and frustrating season.

Harlow Town return to action on Bank Holiday Monday when they are away at Colney Heath.

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