Jan 30 2012 By Jon Batham
RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Harrow Borough 1 Wingate & Finchley 3
HARROW Borough are looking nervously over their shoulders again after their recent revival came to a juddering halt on Saturday.
Dave Anderson’s men went into their home match with fellow strugglers Wingate & Finchley looking for a third league win on the bounce for the first time this season, but were unrecognisable from the side which had won so impressively at Tooting & Mitcham seven days earlier as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
To compound Borough’s misery substitute Wilson Gondwe became the latest player to fall foul of the two-footed tackle law as he was given his marching orders 11 minutes from time.
Not for the first time at Earlsmead this season the damage was done in the first quarter of the game as Borough made their customary slow start.
Just eight minutes had elapsed when Gary Burrell flicked the ball through to Leon Smith who got the wrong side of Danny Leech.
Will Viner was slow to react and though he got a partial block on the shot the ball came back to Smith who ran it into the net.
Tristan Toney almost fashioned an instant reply as he burst into the box to produce a low shot blocked by the legs of Bobby Smith.
However, with Borough’s recently watertight defence looking shaky the visitors doubled their lead on 18 minutes.
Aryantaj Tajbakhsh was harshly penalised for a challenge and with the home side’s marking woeful Burrell’s free-kick was glanced home by Gozmend Dauti.
Tony Burke came close to a third as his toe poke at the end of another good counter went the wrong side of the post via the legs of Viner.
Jo-Jo Bates replaced an under the weather Danny Buckle at the break and straight from the kick-off the Dagenham loanee had a shot blocked by Bobby Aisien.
It was the 68th minute before Borough threatened again courtesy of a long punt which sent Rob Wolleaston clear, but Smith again did well to block the shot.
It proved the midfielder’s last contribution as he gave way to Gondwe.
Hope came with 14 minutes left as Tajbakhsh finally delivered a decent ball in the box and fittingly it was the outstanding Wayne Walters who climbed above all the cover to head into the roof of the net.
However, just three minutes later Borough’s task became mountainous again when Gondwe was dismissed for a two footed challenge on Ross Parmenter.
Toney’s header in stoppage-time was the closest the 10 men came to snatching an undeserved point, but Wingate had the last laugh as substitute John Douglas broke forward and sealed victory with a low shot.