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Football: Harlow Town hit basement side Park View for six!

Football / Sun 4th Feb 2024 at 08:37am

Thurlow Nunn League Division South

Harlow Town 6 v 0 Park View

By Logan Young

HARLOW Town put the off the pitch problems (they can’t get promoted) behind then to record an emphatic victory against bottom of the table side Park View.

It was a ruthless display from the Hawks, who played some excellent football and grabbed another three points, keeping them top of the league. In my opinion, I must give credit to Park View. Coming into the game rock bottom of the league, and still playing fast-paced football was completely unexpected given their circumstances. However, the away side lacked end product and our quality prevailed.

Danny Chapman rotated the squad slightly today: Alfie Attrill came in at the back for Alex Luque, who has a small injury that will see him out of action for at least a week. Ishaq Ameen also returned to the starting XI in place of Raheem Gray, who was on the bench today.

It’s safe to say that the home side were in control for the majority of the game; our first major attempt came from Junior Dadson, who’s shot didn’t quite have the power to beat Asia. This didn’t matter though as we really started to get going and as a result won a penalty in the 18th minute. After scoring one of his two penalties in midweek, Tom Jelliman stepped up and confidently converted, giving us the early lead.

Just two minutes later, Jack Zielinski picked up the pieces after some scrappy defending from Park View, and doubled our lead with a diving header.

The away side began to grow into the game slightly, and James Pellin was forced to make a routine diving save, which was no problem for him. The closest they came in the first half was when they missed what was an open goal, a massive chance wasted to come back into the game. In a similar situation to his first save, Pellin was forced to make another after a decent shot from Park View nearly found the bottom corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Harlow grabbed another one as Ishaq Ameen headed the ball over Asia and into the net for his 17th goal of the season (including friendly matches). It was likely the goal that killed the game for Park View.

In a similar fashion to the first half, it took some time for the Hawks to really find their feet in an attacking sense, and it was Park View with the first few chances of the half, one of them sailing over the bar, and the other going wide of the post.

Chapman’s side were quick to respond and Arley Barker played a great cross into the box, which Jack Zielinski was never going to miss, our 4th of the game. 

After an injury halted the game, Park View came inches from scoring after striking the post with James Pellin rooted to the spot. However, this proved to be their final opportunity of the game, as Harlow continued to run away with it.

Right in the final moments of normal time, Park View made yet another foul in the box and the referee made the call and gave us another penalty. Tom Jelliman stepped up again and made no mistake again, the score evidences that the game had become a thrashing.

Moments later, it looked like Jelliman was going to grab his hat trick as a chance opened up from 20 yards, however the midfielder was unselfish and chose to pass instead. A similar chance came for Ruben Santos, a player who regularly scores when opting to shoot from that distance, and that’s exactly what he did. A good, solid strike overwhelmed Asia and it had become a cricket score at the Pardus Wealth Stadium.

We are massively thankful for the support we have received in the last few days, and seeing the supporters back today was huge for the club, and a sign that we will not back down in tough times, we cannot thank you enough. 

Our focus turns to Tuesday night’s home fixture to Brantham Athletic in a blockbuster quarter-final of the Thurlow Nunn League Cup. We hope to see as many of you as possible there, kicking off at 7.45pm. Let’s continue our amazing unbeaten run and try to win some silverware.

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