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Worthing
Harlow Town
 (8', 30', 43', 54', 57', 67', 82', 87', 90')
Full time
R Price-Placid (20')
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 716

Hawks in Crushing Defeat

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Harlow Town fell to their worst defeat in six years as a rampant Worthing side inflicted an embarrassing 9-1 score-line on the Hawks.

Worthing were in charge throughout the game, and although Harlow kept the deficit to two goals at half-time, a rampant display from the hosts in the second period, inspired by Ollie Pearce’s four-goal haul, compounded a sobering afternoon for the Hawks.

Harlow Town were suffering from somewhat of a defensive crisis going into the game with Paul Rogers, Taylor Hastings and Curtis Ujah all suffering injuries in recent weeks, so it was a baptism of fire for new signing Ugo Udoji who went straight into the side.

It only took the hosts eight minutes to open the scoring however. Ricky Aguiar played a through-ball over the Harlow defence to Ollie Pearce, who took a delightful touch to bring the ball under control before sliding it past Josh Bexon.

16th February 2019 Worthing 9-1 Harlow
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Reece Price-Placid, virtually the only Harlow Town player to come away with any credit from the game, started brightly and put a good cross into the box towards Matt Foy, but the striker was unable to connect.

Price-Placid did find the net to draw level on 20 minutes, with a good shot from the edge of the area that went low into the corner.

Both sides continued to create chances, as the game flowed from end to end. Jesse Starkey went close for the hosts, but his dipping shot from the edge of the area was just too high and came down on the roof of the net.

Matt Foy then nearly put Harlow Town ahead, but after a good run from midfield, his shot from a tight angle inside the box went across goal and just past the far post.

Worthing re-took the lead on 29 minutes, and it was a sublime finish. Starkey picked up the ball near the centre circle, and strode towards goal unchallenged by a Harlow defender. He let fly from 30 yards out, and it flew into the top corner and in off the woodwork.

The hosts were ramping up the pressure, with Starkey and Kwame Adubofour-Poku getting shots away, but it took until two minutes before half-time for the Harlow defence to be breached again. Pearce’s free-kick went around the wall and into the bottom corner for his second of the match.

HALF-TIME: Worthing 3-1 Harlow Town

Although Worthing had been on the front foot for the first half, there was no indication of what was about to unfold in the second period as the hosts ran riot.

Six minutes after the restart Pearce hit his hat-trick. When a corner was headed goalwards by Joe Clarke, Josh Bexon was equal to the effort, but he could only parry it and Pearce gratefully nodded in the rebound from underneath the bar.

Another corner was the undoing for the Hawks on 57 minutes, when a deep cross to the far post was tapped back across goal by Ross Edwards. Joe Clarke was in plenty of space in the middle, and volleyed home from four yards out to extend the advantage.

Harlow Town were still looking to salvage something from the game, but both Matt Foy and Tom Hitchcock saw close range efforts blocked by defenders who were keen to give the visitors not a glimmer of hope of getting back into the tie.

Worthing made it six when Pearce brought down a long ball forward before playing it into the path of Adubofour-Poku. He jinked past the defender with a turn of pace to simply slot it between the legs of Bexon.

The final ten minutes of the game compounded the Hawks’ misery. Pearce found himself in space on the edge of the area once again, placing a low shot just inside the post that beat the diving Bexon and capped an outstanding performance with a fourth goal.

Worthing were in no mood to take their foot off the gas, with two substitutes also getting in on the action. Callum Kealey’s low driven cross was turned in by Jasper Pattenden with three minutes of normal time remaining.

Despite Josh Bexon making several saves in the final few minutes of the game, he was helpless to prevent an ninth as Kealey latched onto a through ball, rounded the stopper and slid the ball home to inflict the final goal of an embarrassing defeat.

FULL-TIME: Worthing 9-1 Harlow Town

Harlow Town remain two points above the drop-zone, but they will need to bounce back quickly when they host fellow relegation-threatened side Whitehawk on Saturday 23rd February. Kick off is at 3pm.

Reece Price-Placid

Player of the Match

Reece Price-Placid

Key moments

8:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
20:00
Goal Reece Price-Placid scores for Harlow Town
30:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
43:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
54:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
57:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
67:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
82:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
87:00
Goal Goal for Worthing
90:00
Goal Goal for Worthing

Videos and photos

16th February 2019 Worthing 9-1 Harlow
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Highlights

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90:00 Goal 9 - 1
Goal for Worthing
90:00 Player of the Match
Reece Price-Placid is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
87:00 Goal 8 - 1
Goal for Worthing
85:00 Sub On
Tobi Adaje is substituted on for Harlow Town
85:00 Sub Off
Reece Price-Placid is substituted off for Harlow Town
82:00 Goal 7 - 1
Goal for Worthing
77:00 Sub Off
Taylor Hastings is substituted off for Harlow Town
77:00 Sub On
Taylor Hastings is substituted on for Harlow Town
67:00 Goal 6 - 1
Goal for Worthing
57:00 Goal 5 - 1
Goal for Worthing
56:00 Sub On
Harry Watkins is substituted on for Harlow Town
56:00 Sub Off
Laurence Vaughan is substituted off for Harlow Town
54:00 Goal 4 - 1
Goal for Worthing
53:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Worthing
50:00 Yellow Card
Drew Richardson is yellow carded for Harlow Town
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Worthing
30:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Worthing
20:00 Goal 1 - 1
Reece Price-Placid scores for Harlow Town
20:00 Assist
Tom Hitchcock makes an assist for Harlow Town
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Worthing
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Worthing
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Goal 8:00'
  • Reece Price-Placid Goal 20:00'
  • Tom Hitchcock Assist 20:00'
  • Goal 30:00'
  • Goal 43:00'
  • Drew Richardson Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Goal 54:00'
  • Laurence Vaughan Sub Off 56:00'
  • Harry Watkins Sub On 56:00'
  • Goal 57:00'
  • Goal 67:00'
  • Taylor Hastings Sub Off 77:00'
  • Taylor Hastings Sub On 77:00'
  • Goal 82:00'
  • Reece Price-Placid Sub Off 85:00'
  • Tobi Adaje Sub On 85:00'
  • Goal 87:00'
  • Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Bexon, Josh Bexon, Josh
Udoji, Ugo Udoji, Ugo
Kissi, Yanick Kissi, Yanick
Da Cruz, JJ Da Cruz, JJ
Hastings, Taylor Hastings, Taylor
Price-Placid, Reece Price-Placid, Reece
Vaughan, Laurence Vaughan, Laurence
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Richardson, Drew Richardson, Drew
Hitchcock, Tom Hitchcock, Tom
Foy, Matt Foy, Matt

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Potters Bar Town 42 49
17. Corinthian-Casuals 42 47
18. Kingstonian 42 45
19. Wingate & Finchley 42 43
20. Whitehawk 42 41
21. Burgess Hill Town 42 37
22. Harlow Town 42 34

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