Harefield grab second away win of the season but go out of cup

Sam Shaw was MOM for the Hares Sam Shaw was MOM for the Hares

Langford 0 – 1 Harefield

Two matches in four days saw Harefield United enjoy mixed fortunes, writes Gary South, club chairman.

On Saturday 7 October the Hares visited Langford FC for a Spartan League Division One fixture, featuring the return of loan signing, centre forward Craig Tomkin from Egham FC.

Harefield started brightly, retaining possession well and Tash Jordan had an early shot on goal that sailed over the bar. This seemed to set a precedent with Tomkin, Seldyn Grant and Luke Baldwin also firing too high in the early stages of the match. Wing back Steven Green looked certain to score from distance with one of his trademark daisy cutters but shanked the ball weakly at the Langford keeper.

Tomkin broke the deadlock on thirty seven minutes when he seized on a loose ball in the home box after a scramble in front of goal and fired from the left with a left footed volley into the top right hand corner to put the Hares ahead.

The second half saw United fail to increase their lead, in the opening minutes Baldwin headed over and shortly after had a full volley go just wide. The game started to get a little fractious with frustrations from both sides becoming apparent. With fifteen minutes remaining Jordan crossed to Sam Shaw, unmarked in the box with only the keeper to beat but he lashed a full volley straight at the Langford custodian.

On eighty five minutes Hares manager Jason Shaw made a double substitution, bringing on Paul Underwood for Baldwin who had been kicked in the chest, and Olu Akinola for Jordan who had been fouled and treated for a leg injury. In time added on Hares man of the match, Sam Shaw, who had covered every blade of grass of the pitch, was replaced by Jordon Goode-Keeley as the Hares ran down the clock.

Harefield managed to double their points for the season with their second away win, retained a lead for the first time after going ahead and Craig Tomkin on his second spell with the club set his record of a goal per game.

Harefield line up. Ballheimer, Dodds, Green, Barrett(capt), McCorkell, Mangan, Jordan, Baldwin, Tomkin, S. Shaw, Grant. Subs Underwood, Akinola, Goode-Keeley and Hills (GK) unused.

Harefield 2- 3 Biggleswade

On Tuesday night Harefield entertained top two Premier Division side Biggleswade FC in the Spartan League Cup second round, having beaten Clean Slate FC 8-2 previously. Manager Jason Shaw made eight changes to the team that beat Langford three days earlier, giving debuts to three more loanees from Egham, defenders Junior Fatai-Somuyiwa and Mason Yorke, and attacker John Roberts..

The visitors went ahead in the first minute with their first attack of the game with a strike from number ten Lee Northfield. Loan player Roberts equalised for the Hares on twenty five minutes but centre forward Tom Cookman pull one back for Biggleswade five minutes before the break to leave United trailing by one goal at half time.

Early in the second half Steven Green replaced centre forward Craig Tomkin, dropping in on the right and pushing Roberts further forwards. On sixty seven minutes number eleven David Lenton scored Biggleswade’s third and Hares manager Shaw made a double substitution bringing on Elliot Dobbs for the injured Paul Underwood and replacing striker Olu Akinola with Robert Graham.

Seven minutes into time added on the influential Adam Willis dribbled through the packed Biggleswade penalty box towards the goal line for Jordon Goode-Keeley to poke the ball home in the ensuing scramble leaving Harefield to go out of the cup 2-3 and both sets of supporters grateful for no extra time on a week night.

 

Harefield line up. Ballheimer, Fatai-Somuyiwa, Yorke, Underwood, Clarke, Mangan (capt), Akinola, Goode-Keeley, Tomkin, A. Willis, Roberts (man of the match). Subs. Green, Dobbs, Graham and Shaw, Hills(GK) unused.

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