Spoils shared in derby-day ding-dong

Greensnet Editor
Mon 27 Dec 2021, 19:43

Harrow and Hendon shared the spoils both in goals and red cards in an entertaining derby-day clash at Earlsmead this afternoon.

With Hendon having been inactive for 23 days due to COVID and Harrow smarting after a 7-1 defeat at Taunton just before Christmas, it was the hosts that took control of proceedings in the first half through a pair of James Ewington strikes.

The first came after a loose pass in midfield was intercepted by George Moore, although Fred Burbidge made a very good save from Moore's effort, Ewington was sniffing around to snap up the rebound and open the scoring.

The Harrow hot-shot doubled the lead just beyond the hour mark as Moore led a counter-attack from a Hendon corner and sent a perfectly weighted ball into the box for Ewington to take a touch and finish with aplomb.

It was a different story after the break with Joe White leading the Hendon charge. It was he that reduced the arrears with a fine finish after holding off the challenge of Shaun Preddie on 55 minute and then ten minutes later, used his strength to good effect as James Mansfield hauled him down inside the penalty area.

Liam Brooks stepped up to fire the penalty home to seal the equaliser before a couple of red cards, one for each side inside a couple of minutes saw each team reduced to ten men. Moore went first before an aggressive challenge in midfield from Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway just two minutes later saw Hendon's man advantage extinguished.

Both sides had presentable chances to clinch the three points but a point apiece following a pulsating afternoon's entertainment was just about right.