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Tooting & Mitcham United
Harlow Town
Full time
A Read (40')
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 248

Hawks’ run continues

Alex Read scored a first half goal to secure Harlow Town’s fifth win in eight games as their strong end to the season continued.

The pressure was off the Hawks, having already secured their place at Step Three of the non-league pyramid in last Saturday, but the defeat for Tooting & Mitcham inflicted damage on their own hopes of avoiding the drop.

Harlow’s Jared Small was his usual dangerous self as he made inroads into the host’s defence early on. He had a good opportunity to take the lead in the 7th minute when the ball fell to him on the penalty spot, but the sliced shot went just wide of the goal.

The visitors had the ball in the net after a well-worked move put Alex Read in front of goal, but his finish through the legs of home goalkeeper Matte Pierson was chalked out for offside.

Tooting & Mitcham responded well, but they were wasteful in attack. Juevan Spencer put their best chance wide when in a good position.

The breakthrough came on 40 minutes. Harlow were awarded a free kick from a wide angle outside the box, and Christian Scales put it into the danger area, but it was cleared after a scramble in the area straight back to the left-back. His cross at the second time of asking was met by Alex Read, who put a header under the outstretched arms of Pierson.

HT: Tooting & Mitcham 0-1 Harlow Town

Tooting & Mitcham came out in the second period with a lot more purpose, and they looked the most likely to get the next goal.

Jordan Wilson sent a dangerous free kick towards goal, but Hawks stopper David Hughes got across to it quickly to save well.

Omar Folkes was then played through on goal, but Harlow’s Paul Rodgers came across with a well-timed sliding tackle to prevent the one-on-one opportunity.

As the half wore on Tooting & Mitcham created several half-chances, but their inability to test Hughes in the Harlow goal was indicative of their struggles at the bottom of the table.

At the other end, Harlow’s goalscorer Alex Read almost doubled his tally when Jared Small crossed into the box, but Read released the shot on the turn and put it just wide.

The hosts threw everything at it in the final ten minutes, and when Omar Folkes burst through on goal, he forced David Hughes into another good save when he got both hands behind the shot.

Folkes hit the bar in the 88th minute with a powerful left-footed shot that clattered off the woodwork, and he had another great chance in injury time when he collected the ball at the back post. David Hughes was on hand to pull off another wonderful save, coming out on top in his battle with the striker and keeping a clean sheet for the third game in a row.

FT: Tooting & Mitcham 0-1 Harlow Town
Attendance: 248

David Hughes

Player of the Match

David Hughes

Key moments

40:00
Goal Alex Read scores for Harlow Town

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
David Hughes keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Paul Rodgers keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Christian Scales keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sam Clarke keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joshua Pollard keeps a clean sheet for Harlow Town
90:00 Player of the Match
David Hughes is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
87:00 Sub Off
Alex Read is substituted off for Harlow Town
87:00 Sub On
Timothy Obisanya is substituted on for Harlow Town
69:00 Sub Off
Tommie Fagg is substituted off for Harlow Town
69:00 Sub On
Christopher Booth is substituted on for Harlow Town
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Read scores for Harlow Town
40:00 Assist
Christian Scales makes an assist for Harlow Town
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As it happened

  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Alex Read Goal 40:00'
  • Christian Scales Assist 40:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub Off 69:00'
  • Christopher Booth Sub On 69:00'
  • Alex Read Sub Off 87:00'
  • Timothy Obisanya Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Scales, Christian Scales, Christian
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Pollard, Joshua Pollard, Joshua
Jones, Aaron Jones, Aaron
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Fagg, Tommie Fagg, Tommie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

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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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