Harrow Borough won for the first time in nine matches by beating Hendon 1-0 away from home on Boxing Day.

Marc Charles-Smith scored the only goal of the game as Borough pulled away from Hendon in the Southern League Premier Division South table, with the only downside being a late red card for George Moore.

Hendon made the better start to the game and should have been ahead in the first half, but Luca Ashby-Hammond was in fine form to keep them out.

He twice denied Andronicos Georgiou and then had to be alert to a through ball towards Kingsley Eshun which he smothered.

It was a different story in the second half, though, as Harrow began on top and were only denied the lead by a fantastic save from Rihards Matrevics.

Michael Bryan laid a free-kick off to Moore who fired towards the top corner, but the on-loan Barnet goalkeeper flung himself across the goal and got his fingertips to it to turn the ball over.

It was another free-kick, though, that resulted in the visitors taking the lead. Moore stood over it again, this time curling towards the back post, and after it was flicked on by Tricker, Charles-Smith was waiting to guide the ball past Matrevics and break the deadlock.

Further chances went begging for the hosts towards the end as Georgiou and Shaun Lucien both fired off target, and it was their wayward finishing that allowed Harrow to hang on for a precious win and end their rotten run of results.

Victory for Borough sees them pull clear of Hendon in the table, opening up a five-point gap between them.

Next up for them is tomorrow’s New Year’s Day clash at home to Walton Casuals, which kicks off at 3pm.