Hill Do The Double Over Harrow
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Burgess Hill Town picked up an invaluable three points with a 0-2 victory over Harrow Borough on Saturday. Two goals from Tyrell Richardson-Brown were enough to separate the two sides.
On a gloriously sunny, still Spring afternoon, Harrow threatened early on. Harry Newman got to the left-hand by-line and though he probably delayed his cross a tad too long, it still led to a Kurtis Cumberbatch shot deflected over the bar. The poor delivery from the ensuing corner was alas a sign of other dead-ball situations that were not taken advantage of, pretty much throughout the match. The Hillians’ first threat came from a right-wing raid, the ball played inside for Pat Harding to fire a 20-yarder that just whistled over the bar. Charles-Smith made a good tackle on the breaking Richardson-Brown, and Preddie then overplayed in possession, having to make a fine block after Richardson-Brown robbed him. Charles-Smith headed over from a Joshua Webb corner before Burgess Hill went ahead in the 30th minute after some poor defending from the Harrow keeper. Michael Bryan’s intended pass to Cumberbatch was picked off by an opponent, and the ball was transferred downfield with Richardson-Brown on the chase. But Luke Williams in the Harrow goal should still have dealt with the situation. However, he kicked thin air as the ball came towards him, and Richardson-Brown ran on to roll in the ball.
Lewis Driver forced Shaw in the visiting goal into his first action of the afternoon, turning a defender just outside the box and forcing a save. Lomas then delivered a cross that Will Turl failed to connect with, but the ball came back to Newman, whose header drew a save from Shaw. Four minutes into first-half stoppage time, Burgess Hill doubled their lead. Harrow were on the attack, but the Hillians regained the possession for a counter-attack on the right. Preddie had the chance to tidy up, but he lost the ball to Richardson-Brown who ran on to beat Williams with an angled shot.
A Joshua Webb 20-yarder went wide as the second half began, but it needed another fine Charles-Smith tackle to stop Rodriguez after Lomas lost the ball. Harrow stepped up their play but in truth, they never seriously threatened to breach the Hillians defence. Turl’s stumbling effort from Josh Webb’s cross was saved, and Bryan’s delivery was missed by a diving Cumberbatch, Turl behind him putting the ball over the bar. Charles-Smith was again required to deliver a fine tackle at the other end when Rodrigues went past Lewis Ochoa.
The Hillians put in a collective effort to defend as a unit and shut out the onslaught of Harrow attacks. It was a spirited performance and no doubt Ian Chapman would have been delighted with the tenacity shown by his players.
Next up, the Hillians are at home next Saturday to Dulwich Hamlet, kick-off 3 pm.