Apr 2 2012 By Jon Batham
RYMAN PREMIER Harrow 3 Canvey 4
FOUR calamitous minutes sent Harrow Borough plummeting into the relegation zone at home to Canvey on Saturday.
With 82 minutes on the clock Borough looked poised for three precious points having taken the lead three times against the playoff chasers and dominating the second half with some excellent attacking football.
However, their increasingly frail rear-guard then conceded a penalty, before more bad defending saw them leak a poor fourth goal, meaning a day of so much promise ended up with no reward.
To make matters worse relegation rivals Leatherhead beat fellow strugglers Aveley to leapfrog Borough and push them into the dreaded bottom four, albeit Dave Anderson’s side have a game in hand away at East Thurrock tomorrow.
It was Harrow with Maidenhead loanee Ashley Watson making his debut on the left wing, who took the lead with the first real goal threat on 14 minutes.
Danny Buckle’s neat pass saw Simeon Akinola find space on the right side of the area and when he squared it across Steve Ferguson swept the ball home.
The lead lasted only nine minutes before the hosts wasted three chances to clear a ball in from the right and when Michael Alaile played it across a fourth time Jason Hallett rose unmarked at the far post to head the ball down and over keeper Jack Bonham.
Borough made a whirlwind start after the interval too as Buckle volleyed just over following a 47th minute corner.
Ferguson’s great run down the right minutes later ended with a cross just too high for Buckle and as the hosts kept up the pressure James Russell had to race from goal on 53 minutes to deny Akinola.
It proved a brief reprieve as the pressure told at the resulting corner when Buckle rose highest to head home.
Again the lead was short-lived as Canvey escaped down the left. Borough failed to deal with the ball in and though Bonham beat out Leon Gordon’s shot from the edge Hallett fired in the rebound.
Again the response from the hosts was strong as Buckle hooked a ball over his shoulder to Akinola whose volley struck the post and seconds later Rob Wolleaston’s drive forced a fine diving stop from Russell.
Their reward came via their next corner on 68 minutes when Jones swung the ball to the near post and the impressive Ferguson headed in from a yard out.
At that stage it looked as though there was only once winner, but Borough would self-destruct late on.
On 83 minutes Marcus Rose inexplicably tried to shield a ball back to Bonham, but Gordon got ahead of him, nicked the ball ahead of the keeper who brought him down.
Bonham escaped with a yellow but Rob King sent him the wrong way from the spot.
Four minutes later even a point was gone as a poor clearance allowed John Easterford to cross from the right for an unmarked Steve Sheehan to head inside the far post.