Harrow Borough 3 v 1 East Thurrock
THE last time Rocks visited Harrow four seasons ago they lost 5-4, scoring an astonishing four own goals, and the curse of Earlsmead struck again in Saturday’s Ryman Premier clash.
This was a diisappointing performance from Rocks, who slipped to only their second Ryman Premier defeat in 14 matches despite dominating possession for much of the match.
The home side got a flying start when Danny Leech seized a first minute opportunity after Rocks didn’t deal with a corner but it was the visitors who took the game by the scruff of the neck and they controlled the ball.
However, they lacked a cutting edge and their equaliser in the 18th minute was a fortunate one, Kye Ruel’s cross drifting over keeper Jack Bonham.
Harrow were pinned back for long periods but stuck to their task and were rewarded in the just after the hour when sub Steve Ferguson, who changed the momentum of the game with his workrate, crossed and Leech drilled home his second.
Rocks pushed Harrow back in serach of an equaliser but failed to seriously work Bonham and the match was put beyond them in bizarre fashion with three minutes left when Simon Peddie’s attempted clearance spiralled off his foot over keeper Richard Wray, hit the post and then rebounded off the stopper into the net.