Plucky Harwood spoil Dynamos’ goals party!
COLNE DYNAMOS 2 GREAT HARWOOD TOWN 0
THE “sacrificial lambs” of Great Harwood turned up at Holt House on Tuesday night to play supporting role on a gala occasion to mark the home debut of Dynamos’ star-studded team of ex-Burnley players.
And while they did not exactly turn on a David and Gilliath performance, they did enough to spoil the goal spree party which Colne’s record attendance of 550 had turned up to watch.
Dynamoes close season captures of Kevin Hird, Ian Brennan, David Miller and Marshall Burke already makes them favourites for the North West Counties’ Second Division title this season and their line-up which also includes ex-Claret Andy Wharton and the division’s leading scorer last season Jimmy Clarke from Rossendale United, makes formidable reading.
But Harwood’s team of unsung amateurs rose to the occasion in fine style and the final scoreline bore testimony to 90 minutes of very hard work and sound organisational strength.
It’s true to say that Dynamos were always on top and for long periods the play was often one-way traffic towards Harwood’s goal. But the visitors never allowed their opponents to cash in on their superior skill and can be well satisfied with their night’s work.
They went unluckily behind after 17 minutes when a clearance cannoned off the legs of Colne striker Clarke and flew into the top corner with goalkeeper Pomfret powerless to intervene.
And just before the interval came Town’s only real defensive lapse when Clarke was allowed to rise unchallenged to head home a long cross from the left.
With Dynamos playing down the slope in the second half further goals looked inevitable but now Harwood’s Alan Clarke was doing an effective marking job on the dangerous Hird and Sweeney was competing well with the livewire Colne striker Jimmy Clarke.
Although Dynamos did scorn a nunber of chances many of their efforts were confined to long range shots from Miller and Wharton, one of which was expertly turned over by Pomfret.
Clarke did find the net for Colne but the effort was ruled out for pushing. Two further Colne efforts were cleared off the line by Rogerson and Lally respectively.
Town manager Len Hall was full of praise for his team’s performance. “We worked very hard all night and although Dynamos had the advantage in skill we kept going throughout the game. Once we started to mark Hird properly, I thought we competed well with them.”
Although Harwood have lost their opening two matches of the season-against two teams generally considered to be the best in the division-there looks plenty of hope for the season at the Showground.
As for Dynamos, they looked an impressive outfit and there will be plenty of teams coming to Holt House this season who will suffer far worse fates than gallant Harwood on Tuesday.
Team: Pomfret, Baron, Ahmed, Rogerson, Sweeney, Flynn, Lally, Clark, McGee, Greenhalgh, Allen. Sub; Letts.