Football: Harlow held at home but unbeaten run stretches to eight
Football / Sat 23rd Oct 2021 at 04:53pm
Southern League Central Division
Harlow Town 0 v 0 North Leigh
AT the end of the season, this might be the type of result that Harlow Town might regret. In many ways it was similar to the game against fellow play off contenders, St Neots, just a few weeks ago.
Harlow Town never really looked like losing and at the same time never really unlocked the North Leigh defence.
Much of the credit must go to North Leigh keeper, Adam North. Harlow fans were asking him for his lottery numbers tonight but he made his own luck with a very solid performance between the sticks.
Harlow Town were in control for most of the game. Recent signing Robbie Rees was impressive in the first half as he pulled the Leigh defence out of shape.
Jared Small was also making an impact on the right side of midfield. You tend to take for granted how industrious he is.
It wasn’t until the 18th minute when Leigh made an attack and then the corner came to nothing. Temporary striker Morgan Williams was trying but there was no bite to their attacks.
Just before half time, Leigh keeper, North made a couple of great reactions saves to keep the scores level as they went into the break.
Harlow keeper Tom Middlehurst wasn’t called into action until the 53rd minute when he pulled off a save from Aaron Mccreadie.
The last half hour was totally dominated by Harlow. North Leigh were much more sprightly in the second half but Harlow were much more committed.
However, Harlow never really made the killer through ball that unlocked the defence and secured three points. There were too many speculative balls and then too many unforced errors.
Jared Small skimmed the bar in the 62nd minute. Robbie Rees performed a neat chest, turn and shoot which went over but it felt like it was going to be a scoreless draw and that is what it ended up as.
To the whole teams credit they worked hard the whole game but may well want to reflect on why they couldn’t get into the area more often.
The result leaves Harlow Town in fifth place, six points off league leaders, Berkhamstead, whom are in danger of pulling away.
However, Harlow Town are unbeaten in eight league games, which is a great run with eleven games played and a long way to go.