Harrow Borough suffered a setback in their push for the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South playoffs with a 3-0 loss away at Hartley Wintney on Saturday.

First half goals from Salhin Abubakar and Michael Campbell had the hosts in control, and Jack Ball’s header after the break made sure of the points.

George Moore came in for the injured Michael Bryan to make up a side that was otherwise unchanged from the one that drew at Merthyr Town last week.

Borough’s Frank Keita had a host of opportunities to open the scoring in the early exchanges, first having a shot easily saved by Paul Strudley before firing high and wide after Anthony O’Connor and Josh Andrew had combined to set him up.

Despite the early pressure, it was the home side that broke the deadlock, doing so through Salhin Abubakar who finished at the near post, and the midfielder turned provider two minutes later, crossing for Michael Campbell to head in the second.

Harrow looked stunned by the quickfire double and their wayward passing and poor deliveries continued into the second half, allowing Wintney to add a third when Ball powered in a header from Joshua Webb’s delivery to seal the points.

The result leaves Borough seventh in the table, four points behind Poole Town in fifth, ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off at home to Frome Town.