Horwich R.M.I. 0 Great Harwood Town 2



Harwood on Dairy Crest of a wave

Second half goals by Phil Greenhalgh and Baz McGee clinched a superb victory for Harwood which must go down as probably the greatest giant-killing act of their senior league career. They fully deserved victory over Northern Premier League side Horwich and Mick Grogan’s men are now in a very strong position indeed in their group in the Dairy Crest Lancashire Floodlit Cup competition. Three points are awarded for an away win, so with a 4-1 win at Leyland and the victory at Horwich under their belts, as well as a draw at home to Lancaster, the Showground side have seven points from three matches-still unbeaten, with three more matches left to play.
What a remarkable contrast to last season, when Town lost every single one of their six matches, although they put up some spirited performances against opposition form higher leagues. This term, apart from the odd disappointing result in the league, most notably in home matches, Harwood are playing with supreme confidence and when they are on song really look like a side to be reckoned with. The re-appointment of Mr. Grogan as manager during the summer, following the change in the club’s structure, from a committee-run operation to a board of directors, has brought about a complete transformation of the team’s fortunes.
Harwood dominated the first half without creating any really clear cut chances until just seconds before the interval when a blistering 25 yard free kick by Brian Foy brought a great save by the Horwich keeper. On the hour Greenhalgh broke the deadlock in impressive style, launching on a surging solo run and picking his spot from all of 25 yards. Seven minutes from time McGee headed home their second from close range from a great cross by Burton.

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