Apr 28 2011 By Jon Batham
DAVID Ijaha reflected on a missed opportunity after Harrow Borough shared the derby day spoils with arch rivals Wealdstone on Easter Monday.
The Borough midfielder and his team-mates could not hide their disappointment, despite Rocky Baptiste’s second-half leveller meaning a win over Cray on Saturday guarantees the men of Earlsmead a place in the end of season play-offs.
Ijaha knew a win would have clinched the deal whereas now they remain vulnerable to Kingstonian heading into the final 90 minutes.
He said: "We are down because we know we should have won it and a 1-0 win would have taken us into the play-offs, but now it is down to the last game.
"After their goal we dominated and didn’t take our chances."
Missing Danny Hart due to personal reasons, Borough drafted in Lee Hall at left back and pushed Ryan Watts out to the left wing, while Wealdstone after the late withdrawal of Callum Martin played a five-man midfield including youngster Denzil Conteh.
Early on it was the visitors who looked more uncomfortable with the reshuffle as Stones made good use of the extra man in midfield and took a ninth-minute lead.
Kurtney Brooks and Nikki Ahamed were both involved before Alex Dyer, back from injury, burst forward and squared for Lee Chappell to fire inside the far post.
Borough responded quickly and had shouts for a penalty waved away after Baptiste was baulked in the box by Wes Parker.
Seconds later the veteran striker got to the by-line and pulled the ball back to Watts, who failed to hit the target from six yards out.
The visitors levelled four minutes after the interval when a counter-attack following a Wealdstone corner ended with Morlese being fouled by Brooks, allowing Baptiste to level from the spot.
The playoff chasers should have won it at the death when substitute Jerome Walker got to the by-line and pulled the ball back only for Baptiste to miskick, and when the ball fell to Jonathan Constant just a yard out his effort was smuggled behind.