9:23am Thursday 27th December 2012
It was a case of derby day disappointment at a soaking wet but surprisingly playable Earlsmead as Harrow Borough drew 0-0 at home to Wealdstone.
Brave and brilliant last ditch defending courtesy of Wealdstone skipper Wes Parker and Sean Cronin along with saves from Rikki Banks preserved a point in a distinctly off colour day for the visitors.
Boro gave Banks a fright within the first few minutes as he could only scoop away a Frankie Merrifield strike from distance but nothing came from the resultant corners – a feature of set pieces during the entire afternoon from both sides.
Clever play from Chris Moore brought Kurtney Brooks into striking range and he was unlucky to see his shot arrow in nicely for Elvijs Putnins to claim the ball with ease.
The home side broke quickly and on the 14 minute mark gained four corners in succession but couldn’t make any kind of breakthrough. But the hosts' dominance during this spell should have brought reward as their top scorer Simeon Akinola had two well hit goal bound strikes that were saved by a combination of Banks’ brilliance and then Parker off the line.
Stones tried hard to up the anti with Richard Jolly heading into the side netting from a Scott McCubbin cross and then at the other end Michael Barima contrived to clip the ball wide as it held up on the sodden surface to evade Banks.
The away side’s best effort in the half came from Brooks on 30 minutes as he collected from another intelligent Moore flick-on but Putnins was equal to the vicious strike with an excellent tip over.
The Stones' midfield engine was clearly not firing on all cylinders with both Alex Dyer and Tom Pett struggling to make a telling impression when able to gain space.
A flurry of less than convincing late attacks and corners – particularly for the Reds - didn’t break the deadlock as both sides had to be content with sharing the points.
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