Feb 7 2013 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
Harrow 0 Aces 0
TWO points and one place separate Harrow and Aces in the Middlesex Premier and this weekend’s goalless stalemate showed just how closely matched the teams are.
The teams had played out a draw earlier on in the campaign and there was nothing to choose between them here either as it was honours even in Kingsbury.
Aces had experience on their side, but the exuberance of youth runs through the Harrow ranks and Poppy Kimber’s team looked to dominate from the start.
The Harrow player-boss looked liveliest from the beginning as she created several openings through the middle, but was thwarted by the Aces goalkeeper.
Jess Rosenwald was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet and after an injury to Holly Redpath she quickly became the main focus of the home side’s attacks.
Katie Baker proved the linchpin in the centre of defence, allowing Harrow to push forward in search of the breakthrough, knowing things would be kept tight at the back.
They need not have worried as keeper Paula Redpath remained a spectator in goal and Aces adopted a physical approach to the match.
The game became a scrappy affair and the flow had long gone, leaving Harrow frustrated as they failed to turn their dominance into goals and it finished all-square.
Meanwhile, Harrow Mixed lost out to a golden goal from Reigate Priory in the England Hockey Mixed Trophy.
Rosenwald continued her good form from earlier in the weekend and Phil Walsh and Tim Marshall defended superbly, but it was not enough as Harrow went down 3-2 after Reigate struck in extra-time.
Captain Kate Richards was pleased with a great team effort from Harrow and is now looking forward to the next game in the plate competition.