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Harlow Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
A Read (76'), C Edwards (93')
Full time
Unknown (85')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 204

Late drama for Hawks

An injury time winner from substitute Charlie Edwards secured a late win in dramatic style to ease Harlow Town's relegation fears.

The Hawks had gone ahead with a well-taken Alex Read finish, before being pinned back by Tooting & Mitcham in an action packed final quarter of an hour.

Charlie Edwards cropped up with his first goal for the club in the third minute of added time to seal a vital win for Harlow Town.

The game started at a frantic pace, and although the Hawks saw a lot of possession they weren’t able to break through the resolute Tooting & Mitcham defence.

The visitors created the best of the chances with both Jake Baxter and Joshua Jackman forcing Harlow stopper David Hughes into good saves low down in the corner.

Alex Read and Tommie Fagg combined well to send Read through behind the defence, but Matte Pierson parried the shot to keep the ball out.

The visitors were content to try their luck from distance, and when Danny Bassett let fly from 20 yards out David Hughes had to be on his toes to get across goal and make a diving save.

Omar Folkes then sent in a shot from the corner of the penalty area, but he dragged the effort wide.

Isaiah Jones was inches away from taking the lead for the visitors just before half time, but his first-time shot from the edge of the area grazed the Harlow crossbar as the half finished goalless.

HT: Harlow Town 0-0 Tooting & Mitcham

The visitors almost got off to the perfect start in the second half, but when Omar Folkes got through on goal, Harlow keeper David Hughes was quick off his line to close down the shot well. The rebound fell to Isaiah Jones, but his shot at the open goal was blocked by Ibrahima Sonko top preserve the status quo.

Harlow Town began to press again, and Jared Small went close when he picked up on a long ball and rounded the goalkeeper, but from the tight angle he could only shoot into the side netting.

Junior Dadson then squared a ball for captain Syrus Gordon to run onto, but although the first-time shot was headed for the bottom corner, Pierson reacted quickly to tip it around the post.

Tooting & Mitcham were almost masters of their own downfall when a Jared Small cross caused havoc in their penalty box and the ball was almost turned in by one of their own defenders. It was hacked clear of the line as the Hawks went inches from taking the lead.

The breakthrough came on 76 minutes when Alex Read collected a low cross from Jared Small inside the box. He turned and rifled into the bottom corner to put the hosts ahead.

The lead lasted nine minutes. As the Harlow defence looked to clear a Tooting attack, the ball fell loose. Chase O'Neill pounced on the opportunity and buried it beyond David Hughes to draw the Terrors level.

When it looked as though both sides would have to settle for a point to aid in their relegation scrap, Harlow substitutes Toby Ajala and Charlie Edwards combined with a neat one-two to put Edwards through. He slid under the advancing goalkeeper in the third minute of added time to the despair of the visitors who had deserved something from the game.

FT: Harlow Town 2-1 Tooting & Mitcham
ATTENDANCE: 204

The Hawks move up to 19th in the league table, with 27 points from 27 games.

Next up, Billericay are the visitors to the McCullochs Arena for the BBC Essex Senior Cup Quarter Final. Kick off is 7:45pm on Tuesday 9th January.

David Hughes

Player of the Match

David Hughes

Key moments

76:00
Goal Alex Read scores for Harlow Town
85:00
Goal Goal for Tooting & Mitcham United
90:00 +3:00
Goal Charlie Edwards scores for Harlow Town

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Goal 2 - 1
Charlie Edwards scores for Harlow Town
90:00 +3:00 Assist
Toby Ajala makes an assist for Harlow Town
90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
David Hughes is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
88:00 Sub Off
Junior Dadson is substituted off for Harlow Town
88:00 Sub On
Toby Ajala is substituted on for Harlow Town
85:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Tooting & Mitcham United
76:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Read scores for Harlow Town
76:00 Assist
Jared Small makes an assist for Harlow Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Jared Small is yellow carded for Harlow Town
65:00 Sub Off
Tommie Fagg is substituted off for Harlow Town
65:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • 0
  • Tommie Fagg Sub Off 65:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 65:00'
  • Jared Small Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Alex Read Goal 76:00'
  • Jared Small Assist 76:00'
  • Goal 85:00'
  • Junior Dadson Sub Off 88:00'
  • Toby Ajala Sub On 88:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Goal 90:00 +3:00'
  • Toby Ajala Assist 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Baker, James Baker, James
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Fagg, Tommie Fagg, Tommie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

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Billericay Town
1
1
Margate
4
3
Folkestone Invicta
3
2
Needham Market
Staines Town
3
1
Burgess Hill Town
2
2
Lowestoft Town
Worthing
2
2

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# 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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