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Merstham
Harlow Town
Unknown (3', 29', 65', 78', 85')
Full time
M Foy (50')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 213

Hawks in another heavy defeat

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Harlow Town were on the end of another heavy defeat to promotion-chasing Merstham as the Hawks’ defensive woes continued.

The hosts went ahead early and comfortably controlled the first half. Harlow found themselves unable to influence the game, and were fortunate to only be two down at the interval.

Matt Foy pulled a goal back as a rejuvenated Harlow took to the field in the second half, but they were unable to equalise, and when the hosts hit a third, any hopes of a comeback were extinguished.

Another two goals in the final 15 minutes compounded the misery for the Harlow defence, as they conceded their 32nd goal in the last eight matches and remain deep in the relegation zone.

The hosts had the perfect start when Gus Sow opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. Walter Figueira played through into the path of Sow, who controlled it before poking it home past Harlow stopper Marcin Brzozowski.

Merstham were enjoying plenty of time on the ball, and the midfield duo of Kenny Beaney and Tom Kavanagh were given plenty of space to control proceedings. It seemed as though it would be just a matter of time before the Harlow defence was breached again, and on 29 minutes the inevitable happened. Roman Michael-Percil found Walter Figueira inside the Harlow penalty box. He beat the final defender with a burst of pace before finishing at the near post to double his lead.

Merstham could have added a third almost immediately when Fabio Saraiva worked himself into a good position, but his wasteful shot flew over the bar to let off the Hawks.

Marcin Brzozowski was in for a busy afternoon, and the visitors had the goalkeeper to thank that the scoreline wasn’t worse going into the break with a string of impressive saves. He first denied Michael-Percil with a reaction save, before an acrobatic save kept out Jake Hitchings’ effort to convert a corner.

Michael-Percil had another glorious chance when he got through behind the Hawks defence, but the Harlow stopper was equal to the effort again as he got a foot to the shot to keep it out and keep his side in the tie.

HT: Merstham 2-0 Harlow Town

Merstham would have been wondering at half time how the game wasn’t already out of reach, but the Hawks knew that an early goal could get them back in the game. They came out of the dressing room with a spring in their step, and had reduced the deficit within five minutes.

Matt Foy and Tom Hitchcock combined well with a one-two to give Foy space on the edge of the area, and he duly obliged with a well-taken left-footed shot that curled inside the post.

The turnaround was almost complete just a couple of minutes later as Tom Hitchcock then had a superb chance to draw the visitors level. He breezed through the Merstham defence, but was denied by a wonderful save from ‘keeper Amadou Tangara.

The hosts withstood the early pressure in the second period, but killed off the resurgence when Gus Sow added his second and Merstham’s third in the 65th minute

Midfielder Figueira, who was a thorn in the Harlow side all afternoon, played Sow beyond the defence and he just managed to beat the onrushing Brzozowski to the ball, poking it home to restore the two goal lead.

Harlow stepped up again, and were nearly fortunate to capitalise on a defensive mistake when the ball fell to Matt Foy in the box, but Tangara recovered well to smother the shot.

The Hawks were surging forward in an effort to get back into the game, and it proved to be their undoing. Merstham hit them on the counter attack, and although his first effort was saved, Tom Kavanagh got to the rebound and crossed for Merstham captain Simon Cooper to poke home and make sure of the win.

There was still time for further embarrassment for the Hawks, as with two minutes remaining a corner was allowed to creep through to the back post, where it was headed home unmarked by Jake Hutchings to seal the dominant win.

FT: Merstham 5-1 Harlow Town

Harlow now find themselves four points from safety, with another tough away trip coming up this weekend. The Hawks visit Tonbridge Angels on Saturday 30th March, where anything but a win will pile more pressure on the relegation-threatened side. Kick off is at 3pm.

Tom Hitchcock

Player of the Match

Tom Hitchcock

Key moments

3:00
Goal Goal for Merstham
29:00
Goal Goal for Merstham
50:00
Goal Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
65:00
Goal Goal for Merstham
78:00
Goal Goal for Merstham
85:00
Goal Goal for Merstham

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Tom Hitchcock is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
85:00 Goal 5 - 1
Goal for Merstham
78:00 Goal 4 - 1
Goal for Merstham
76:00 Yellow Card
Scott Davies is yellow carded for Harlow Town
65:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Merstham
53:00 Sub Off
Yanick Kissi is substituted off for Harlow Town
53:00 Sub On
Reece Price-Placid is substituted on for Harlow Town
52:00 Yellow Card
Matt Foy is yellow carded for Harlow Town
50:00 Assist
Tom Hitchcock makes an assist for Harlow Town
50:00 Goal 2 - 1
Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Merstham
13:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Merstham
3:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Merstham
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Merstham
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Goal 3:00'
  • Yellow Card 13:00'
  • Goal 29:00'
  • Matt Foy Goal 50:00'
  • Tom Hitchcock Assist 50:00'
  • Matt Foy Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Yanick Kissi Sub Off 53:00'
  • Reece Price-Placid Sub On 53:00'
  • Goal 65:00'
  • Scott Davies Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Goal 78:00'
  • Goal 85:00'

Team selection

Brzozowski, Marcin Brzozowski, Marcin
Howard, Rob Howard, Rob
Uade, Arinse Uade, Arinse
Udoji, Ugo Udoji, Ugo
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Hackney, Reece Hackney, Reece
Kissi, Yanick Kissi, Yanick
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott
Hitchcock, Tom Hitchcock, Tom
Foy, Matt Foy, Matt

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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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