Apr 11 2012 By Matt Lewis
Harrow Borough 0 Wealdstone 0
STRUGGLING Harrow Borough held play-off hopefuls Wealdstone to a goalless draw at Earlsmead this evening.
Boro are flirting with relegation in the Ryman Premier but put in a gritty performance to earn a point and dent their local rivals’ hopes of a top-five finish.
Boro started the game brightly and came close to finding the opener after just 10 minutes but Wayne Walters was denied by a brilliant goal-line clearance from Kurtney Brooks.
Then Stones keeper Ashlee Jones spilled a routine cross into a packed penalty area. Again Walters was lurking and again he was thwarted, this time it was Chris O’Leary who hacked the ball clear.
Wealdstone started to find their rhythm after 20 minutes. A great turn by James Mulley and a lovely ball from the attacking midfielder fed Richard Jolly who produced a good save from Jamie Jackson.
Jolly continued to look threatening and went close again before the break as he dropped his shoulder, cut inside, and fired a decent strike from 18-yards that whistled past the post.
Mulley, playing in the hole and dropping off Jolly, danced through the Harrow defence and blasted one over with his left foot as the Stones started to get into gear as the half-time whistle was blown.
Five minutes after the restart and Harrow should have broken the deadlock. Garry Jones let fly from all of 30-yards and his shot was heading right for the top corner before Ashlee Jones tipped it round the post.
Having made a slow start to the first-half, the Stones were equally sluggish at the start of the second but soon recovered and Jolly again tested Jackson on the hour mark as the Boro stopper tipped an effort onto the bar.
Tom Pett missed a glorious opportunity moments later, however the Stones number 11 failed to hit the target after the hosts had failed to clear their lines from an outswinging corner.
Harrow nearly snatched the points late on but a last-ditch tackle from Tommie Hoban ensured Wealdstone would get a share of the derby-day spoils at Earlsmead.