Aug 28 2012 By Jon Batham
Harrow Borough 0 Hastings United 1
INJURY-HIT Harrow Borough suffered a third successive defeat at home to an average Hastings side on Bank Holiday Monday.
Dave Anderson’s men hit four on the opening day of the season, but little has gone right since and still missing skipper Rob Wolleaston and defensive stalwart Danny Leech they were beaten by Bradley Goldberg’s strike early in the second half.
Wolleaston hopes to be fit for Saturday’s trip to high-flying Lowestoft and on this evidence his return to action can’t come a moment too soon with Borough’s forwards starved of any decent supply from the middle of the park.
Anderson gave home debuts to Michael Peacock and Jon Munday in the centre of defence and Hendon loanee James Burgess in midfield, while Joakim Ehui goal-scoring cameo off the bench at Cray earned him a first league start.
Peacock suffered an early nervous moment with a header back towards his own goal which fell woefully short, but Jamie Jackson saved his blushes with an excellent parry to deny Jamie Crellin.
The visitors remained on top and had another good chance on 15 minutes when a corner from the right found the unmarked Josh Jirabandey, but the giant centre-back headed over.
Borough finally threatened in the 20th minute as Matt Armstrong-Ford punched clear with Alwayne Jones closing in and they nearly opened the scoring in freak fashion two minutes later when Jirabandey’s attempted clearance hit Michael Barima and ran just wide.
The hosts were now well in the game and Simeon Akinola was just too high with a shot from the edge after good work from Ehui on the right.
The former Boreham Wood youngster was then inches from converting a Barima cross, but at the other end Borough were grateful to Jackson once more as he palmed a Danny Ellis header behind and then got down well to smother a shot from Dee Okejie.
Rob Laney came on for Barima at the break, but Borough were behind three minutes after the restart as a simple through-ball caught the defence flat-footed allowing Bradley Goldberg to shoot across Jackson and inside the far post.
Only a brilliant reflex stop by Jackson stopped Goldberg claiming his second on 53 minutes and even then Hastings would have doubled the lead if Zac Attwood had not fired the rebound over the bar.
Boss Dave Anderson threw on Danny Buckle for Evandro Delagado on 64 minutes and reverted to 4-3-3 in search of a leveller.
The closest they came to a leveller came via some route one football 15 minutes from time.
Gary Jones’ long ball sent Jones racing clear, but although he beat the keeper a defender got back to clear off the line. It was the last real chance for the hosts on a disappointing afternoon.