Droylsden 1 Great Harwood Town 2



Harwood clinch an impressive victory

Second half goals from John Bowman and Phil Greenhalgh clinched one of the most impressive results of the season for Great Harwood Town and established them as genuine title contenders for the N.W.C.L. 2nd Division title.
Just three days after they had romped to a 6-1 home win over Skelmersdale United-their biggest ever win in the N.W.C.L.-Rick Grogan’s side turned in a splendid performance to bring an end to Droylsden’s 11 month unbeaten run in home league matches. Unbeaten in 7 league matches home and away so far this season, Droylsden could find no way through the impressive Harwood defence and Town had the best of the scoring chances throughout.
If Harwood are to finish in a promotion place at the end of the season, Droylsden are just the kind of side they have to beat. On Tuesday night, they passed the test with flying colours with a splendid show.
Mick Marren had the best chance of the first half and Stuart Lally went close with a header early in the second half before Bowman broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with a goal from a Brian Foy corner. Ten minutes later, Greenhalgh-fresh from his hat-trick on Saturday-put Harwood two up with a very impressive goal. Latching onto a through ball from Nigel Burton, Greenhalgh took it forward and slammed it into the net form the edge of the 18 yard box.
Harwood had further chances to make it an even more emphatic victory but in a hectic last ten minutes, Droylsden pulled a goal back when they took full advantage of a short back pass to ‘keeper Phil Maher by Brian Moran.
Harwood lined up: Maher, Vercoe, Moran, Martin, Dobson, Burton, Foy, Bowman, Lally, Marren, Greenhalgh. Sub. Clayton (not used)


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