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First Team - Match centre

Harlow Town
Lowestoft Town
A Read (65' Pen), R Dobson (69')
Full time
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 212

Hawks secure first win


Two quick-fire second half goals secured the first win of the season for Harlow Town.

Alex Read converted a 65th minute penalty to the put the Hawks ahead before Reece Dobson’s powerful shot doubled the lead and secured the first points of the league campaign.

Lowestoft started the game brightly, and with only a couple of minutes played Adam Smith’s close range shot was deflected over.

Jacek Zielonka then grazed the bar with a free kick from outside the box, before heading a second effort just wide.

Harlow Town’s first real sight of goal came from debutant Christian Scales, who signed on loan from Leyton Orient. The defender put a free kick wide, but then saw his game cut short through injury just minutes later.

Fabion Simms connected with a Harlow corner with half an hour played, but Harry Barker cleared on the goal-line to keep the game goalless.

With five minutes of the half remaining Reece Dobson had a good opportunity to put his side ahead, but his scuffed shot didn’t have the power to beat Dudzinski in the Lowestoft net.

The goalkeeper was called into action again a minute later when Fabion Simms put Junior Dadson through on goal, but the shot was straight at him and he saved easily.

Both teams had enjoyed spells of possession and created good chances, but a combination of wasteful finishing and good defending kept the clean sheets intact going into half time.

HT: Harlow Town 0-0 Lowestoft Town

Reece Dobson came out firing for the Hawks in the second half and a powerful shot went just over the bar a minute after the restart.

At the other end Jake Reed turned in the penalty area created space for a shot, but McNamara saved well to deny the striker.

Midway through the second half the visitors then had a penalty shout turned down as Callum White was bundled over in the box, but the referee waved play on to the fury of the Lowestoft players.

Nigel Nieta looked certain to put Harlow ahead when the ball was played across the face of the goal, but Dudzinski pulled off a great save.

The breakthrough came on 65 minutes when Travis Cole fouled in the box and Alex Read duly converted from the penalty spot.

The visitors were against the ropes four minutes later when Reece Dobson doubled the lead. His rasping shot was too much for the Lowestoft keeper who couldn’t keep it out.

Dobson was looking for another when he was through on goal, but Dudzinski once again saved well. The Lowestoft stopper then pushed Alex Read’s shot around the post to keep up hopes of a comeback.

The visitors had a chance for a consolation goal when Jake Reed put a free header over the bar late on, but the Hawks saw out the game for a vital win that puts their first points on the board.

FT: Harlow Town 2-0 Lowestoft Town

Reece Dobson

Player of the Match

Reece Dobson

Key moments

Scored Penalty Alex Read scores a penalty for Harlow Town
Goal Reece Dobson scores for Harlow Town


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben McNamara keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jimmy Shepherd keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
James Baker keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Stanley Muguo keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Christian Scales keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Reece Dobson is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
86:00 Sub Off
Reece Dobson is substituted off for Harlow Town
86:00 Sub On
Xavier Vidal is substituted on for Harlow Town
85:00 Sub Off
Syrus Gordon is substituted off for Harlow Town
85:00 Sub On
Nathan Livings is substituted on for Harlow Town
69:00 Goal 2 - 0
Reece Dobson scores for Harlow Town
65:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Alex Read scores a penalty for Harlow Town
End of period 1
19:00 Sub Off
Christian Scales is substituted off for Harlow Town
19:00 Sub On
Charlie Dickens is substituted on for Harlow Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Lowestoft Town
  • 0
  • Christian Scales Sub Off 19:00'
  • Charlie Dickens Sub On 19:00'
  • Alex Read Scored Penalty 65:00'
  • Reece Dobson Goal 69:00'
  • Syrus Gordon Sub Off 85:00'
  • Nathan Livings Sub On 85:00'
  • Reece Dobson Sub Off 86:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Shepherd, Jimmy Shepherd, Jimmy
Scales, Christian Scales, Christian
Muguo, Stanley Muguo, Stanley
Baker, James Baker, James
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Neita, Nigel Neita, Nigel
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Dobson, Reece Dobson, Reece
Read, Alex Read, Alex

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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