Aug 21 2012 By Jon Batham
RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Kingstonian 4 Harrow Borough 2
INJURY-HIT Harrow came back to earth with a bump as they were outgunned by Kingstonian in a goal fest last night.
Missing skipper Rob Wolleaston and experienced defensive duo Danny Leech (ankle) and Michael Barima (hamstring) from Saturday’s 4-1 thumping of Thurrock, Borough’s youthful reshuffled defence were no match for the pace and movement of a Ks team in which striker Andre McCollin was simply outstanding.
The visitors did take the lead courtesy of their own hot-shot Simeon Akinola, while Gary Jones scored a 90th minute consolation from an extraordinary set piece.
But in between times they were indebted to a superb display from Jamie Jackson, without whose heroics the margin of defeat would have been greater.
In Leech’s absence boss Dave Anderson hastily called up Marcus Rose on a month’s loan from Maidenhead and the magpie was soon in action with a last-ditch tackle to deny McCollin.
However, Borough were ahead against the run of play on 15 minutes when Rob Laney’s cross from the right found the head of Simeon Akinola who glanced his effort wide of Rob Tolfrey and inside the far post.
The lead lasted just four minutes before Bradley Frazer got the wrong side of Wade Small and in a bid to recover his position brought him down, leaving referee Bushell no option but to point to the spot.
Dean Lodge calmly slotted the penalty straight down the middle.
Jamie Jackson denied McCollin and Matt Somner efforts in quick succession just beyond the half hour, before he was beaten by the former’s 20-yard screamer only for the effort to cannon to safety off the woodwork.
Yet Borough would have led at the interval had Akinola’s shot from the edge not been headed away by Gary McDonald with Tolfrey beaten.
Evandro Delgado was withdrawn at the break with Fabian Sims coming in a bid to protect the overstretched defence
However the reshuffle was undone on 53 minutes when a long cross from the right saw McCollin head back across Jackson and into the far corner.
Barely a minute later it was almost three as Jackson denied first Saheed Sankoh and a follow-up effort from Dean Lodge.
However, it was a momentary reprieve as when the resulting corner was not properly cleared Aaron Goode curled a shot from the left edge into the far bottom corner.
With Yassine Fehmi-Gill influential in midfield Borough continued to carry a threat up front, but the game was up 15 minutes from time when McCollin broke through one more and was upended by Jackson.
The keeper was cautioned and Lodge slotted his second penalty of the night.
Jones had the last word in the 90th as his delivery from 40 yards out missed everybody and nestled in the far corner, but Borough were well beaten.