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Dorking Wanderers
Harlow Town
Unknown (1', 12')
Full time
F Simms (45'), T Ajala (77')
Sat 20 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 212

Hawks earn muddy point

The Hawks came from two goals down to play out an entertaining draw against Dorking Wanderers in difficult conditions.

Two quick fire goals from the hosts put them in the driving seat early on, as Harlow Town struggled to get to grips with the dreadful muddy surface.

The Hawks hit back through Fabion Simms just before half time, and then Toby Ajala equalised in the final quarter of an hour.

Harlow Town were on top in the second half, but couldn’t find a third goal to complete the fight-back.

With heavy rain all morning taking its toll on the pitch, both sides had to contend with large areas of mud. The Hawks were undone by the surface within the first minute when a ball back to David Hughes held up, and James McShane capitalised to round the keeper and stroke home into the empty net.

The start went from bad to worse for Harlow as the hosts doubled the lead on 12 minutes. A well worked move shifted the ball from right to left, and Lewis Putman’s shot from the edge of the area went back across goal and in off the post.

As the half went on the visitors adjusted to the conditions and began to exert pressure. Sam Clark, back in the side after recovering from a fractured elbow, dominated in midfield, and the tough-tackler showed the Hawks fans what they had been missing during his injury lay-off.

Jared Small passed the Dorking left-back with a nutmeg and centred the ball, but Syrus Gordon’s shot was parried by Slavomir Huk before being hacked clear of danger.

Syrus Gordon then went close when a free kick from the right hand side evaded everyone in the box and just grazed the far post as it went wide of the goal.

Harlow Town pulled a goal back just before half time after Kezie Ibe held up the ball well inside the area before releasing to Fabion Simms beyond the defence. He slid the shot past the onrushing goalkeeper to reduce the deficit.

Dorking almost restored the two goal lead in first half injury time. Lewis Putman sent a shot crashing against the crossbar, as the Hawks were let off.

HT: Dorking Wanderers 2-1 Harlow Town

Alex Read replaced Syrus Gordon at half time, and he almost had an immediate impact. Jared Small’s cross found the striker in the middle, and although he had time to set himself, the shot was saved and well held.

Luke Moore went close for the hosts when he tried his luck from the edge of the area, but David Hughes reacted quickly to dive to his right and keep the ball out.

Despite the boggy pitch, both sides were producing a good show of football as the game ebbed and flowed. Toby Ajala sent an effort flying over the bar for Harlow, before Dorking fizzed a couple of dangerous crosses in front of the goal that only needed the slightest of touches to find the net.

The best chance for Harlow came when a poor goal kick from Huk went straight to Alex Read. Bearing down on goal, but under pressure from the retreating defenders, he put the ball inches wide as the chance went begging.

On 77 minutes the Hawks scored a deserved equaliser. Jared Small’s cross was met by a wonderful volley from Tommie Fagg, only to be denied by an equally good save from Huk. The parry only went as far as Toby Ajala, who capped a brilliant performance by turning and shooting low into the net.

In the fifth minute of added time, a Harlow corner was cleared to Fabion Simms 12 yards out, but with the chance to steal all three points, he put the effort wide with the final kick of the game.

Both sides will be content with a point, after a dogged display that produced a good game of football in challenging circumstances.

FT: Dorking Wanderers 2-2 Harlow Town
ATTENDANCE: 212

The Hawks move on to 28 points from 29 games, and pull away a little bit more from the drop zone.

Next up, Harlow Town travel to bottom side Burgess Hill on Tuesday 23rd January. Kick off is at 7:30pm.

Toby Ajala

Player of the Match

Toby Ajala

Key moments

1:00
Goal Goal for Dorking Wanderers
12:00
Goal Goal for Dorking Wanderers
45:00
Goal Fabion Simms scores for Harlow Town
77:00
Goal Toby Ajala scores for Harlow Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Toby Ajala is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
88:00 Yellow Card
Toby Ajala is yellow carded for Harlow Town
77:00 Assist
Tommie Fagg makes an assist for Harlow Town
77:00 Goal 2 - 2
Toby Ajala scores for Harlow Town
74:00 Sub On
Tommie Fagg is substituted on for Harlow Town
74:00 Sub Off
Kezie Ibe is substituted off for Harlow Town
62:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
62:00 Sub Off
Sam Clarke is substituted off for Harlow Town
57:00 Yellow Card
Sam Clarke is yellow carded for Harlow Town
46:00 Sub Off
Syrus Gordon is substituted off for Harlow Town
46:00 Sub On
Alex Read is substituted on for Harlow Town
45:00 Goal 2 - 1
Fabion Simms scores for Harlow Town
45:00 Assist
Kezie Ibe makes an assist for Harlow Town
End of period 1
12:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Dorking Wanderers
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Dorking Wanderers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dorking Wanderers
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Goal 1:00'
  • Goal 12:00'
  • Fabion Simms Goal 45:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Assist 45:00'
  • Syrus Gordon Sub Off 46:00'
  • Alex Read Sub On 46:00'
  • Sam Clarke Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Sam Clarke Sub Off 62:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 62:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Sub Off 74:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub On 74:00'
  • Toby Ajala Goal 77:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Assist 77:00'
  • Toby Ajala Yellow Card 88:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Pope, Craig Pope, Craig
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Ibe, Kezie Ibe, Kezie

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Merstham
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Hendon
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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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