Lytham 2 Great Harwood Town 3
Great Harwood Town made their way through to the second round of the North West Counties League Cup on Saturday after winning a topsy-turvy clash against Third Division Lytham.
The lead changed hands three times in an exciting match which Harwood didn’t fully command until the final 20 minutes.
A goal by John Borman put the Reds 1-0 up in the first half, but by the interval the pendulum had swung back in Lytham’s favour and they were 2-0 ahead.
After a few minutes of the second half, the away side at last began to find their feet and it was no more than they deserved when Stuart Lally equalised.
The goal set the scene for a rousing last 20 minutes as Harwood poured forward and hit the woodwork three times.
A penalty by Brian Foy finally clinched the match, leaving Harwood boss Rick Grogan delighted.
His team have now won all three of their opening games.
“I’m pleased with such a good start,” said Rick.
“Obviously it’s early days yet but I can’t ask for more than I’ve got. We’re not fully organised just yet.”
Rick is also looking forward to the return of injured goal ace Phil Greenhalgh and some players who have come back from holiday.
“We have strong squad with a lot of competition for places and I’m optimistic that we’ll have a decent season,” he added.
Lytham 0 Great Harwood Town 3
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Harwood win an incident-packed encounter
GREAT HARWOOD TOWN clinched a place in the second round of the ATS Lancashire Junior Cup with a victory by a convincing margin in an incident –packed clash away to North West Counties Third Division side Lytham.
But Harwood’s win certainly wasn’t as emphatic as it might have been. After taking the lead from the penalty spot in the very first minute, Town found themselves up against just nine men for three quarters of the match after Lytham had two players sent off by Chorley referee Steve Williams in the 23rd minute. On a difficult surface, Harwood struggled to press home their advantage of numbers and league status and had to be content with just two further goals, from Phil Greenhalgh five minutes before the break and from John Bowman-scorer of that first minute penalty-five minutes from time.
In the end it was a comfortable passage tot eh second round for Rick Grogan’s side, but the match is more likely to be remembered for the decisions made by Mr. Williams-who just a few weeks earlier had booked 11 players in the Clitheroe-Droylsden North west Counties Second Division match-than for any of the actual play, which was average to say the least. Harwood’s only other efforts of note were a blistering shot from all of 25 yards by Nigel Burton which hit the post and in the 78th minute when Greenhalgh found himself with a clear run on goal, rounded the Lytham keeper Andy Bee and was just about to turn and salute a goal as his shot hit the underside of the bar and was cleared. At the end of the match Rick Grogan termed his team’s performance as “adequate” and seemed almost relieved the match was over.