Nine-man Harrow Borough were handed another heavy defeat on Saturday, this time a 5-1 reverse at home to Tiverton Town in the Southern League Premier Division South.

Joshua Key and River Allen put Tiverton two up in 26 minutes, with Josh Andrew having been dismissed in between. Shaun Preddie pulled one back but after Thomas Scott became the second victim to the referee, George Bastin, Christopher Sheppard and Allen went on to complete the rout.

Steve Baker made three changes to the side that were thrashed 7-1 by Brentford ‘B’. Fulham loanee Luca Ashby-Hammond came in for Hafed Al-Droubi, Manny Williams replaced the departed Dylan Kearney and Adam Pepera dropped to the bench.

Tiverton opened the scoring from their first attack as Alex Fletcher skipped past two challenges and crossed for Key to glance home a header.

The visitors then doubled their lead when Andrew handled Bastin’s effort on the line and was sent off, allowing Allen to step up and hammer home the resulting penalty.

Borough managed to pull one back before the interval when Michael Bryan’s corner caused a scramble in the area, and eventually Jordan Ireland teed up Preddie to fire through the crowd.

The turning point for Harrow came early in the second half as Scott launched himself into a tackle on Steve Colwell on the halfway line, leaving the referee with no option but to reduce Borough to nine.

The collapse quickly followed as Bastin tapped home to restore the two-goal cushion and Shephard finished off a swift breakaway for four.

Allen then completed his brace late on, picking his spot after being allowed to run clear.

Defeat leaves Borough 16th in the table having not won in any competition since November 2.

They will be hoping that can change this Saturday when they visit sixth-placed Gosport Borough.