FA Cup


Harwood travelled the short distance to Oldham full of confidence despite the heavy defeat ‘away’ to Stanley and Oldham’s amazing start to the season.
The home side included several players of note, including Curley, Agoo and the League’s leading scorer Scanlan but with Rogers, Eastham, Dean, Fisher and the best keeper in the league in the starting line-up, we had nothing to fear.
Kicking down the considerable slope in the first half Harwood made all the running in the early stages but were rocked back on their heals when Agoo won a penalty. The normally lethal Scanlan stepped up but despite a well taken penalty, Bobby Harris made yet another amazing spot kick save-his third of the season. This was the signal for the Robins to up the tempo and take control and it was no surprise when they scored the opener half way through the first period. A right wing corner was headed firmly into the net by Gordon Watson for his first Harwood goal. Three minutes later it was two-nil after a great move ended with a ball into John Eastham which he buried into the bottom corner with the minimum of fuss from ten yards. The Harwood faithful, who outnumbered their home counterparts were now in full voice and despite two great saves by the young keeper and a terrific goal line clearance, it was only 2-0 at the break.
Oldham came out in determined mood in the second half but the defence held firm and Bobby was rarely troubled in goal. Some slack marking after 65 minutes enabled the League’s leading scorer Scanlan to pull a goal back to leave the manager and supporters biting their nails. With Oldham now throwing men forward, it left them open to the counter attack but Harwood failed to take advantage of some very good opportunities. The defence held firm for the remainder of the game and Mark Beard had a great chance to confirm the victory when clean through a couple of minutes from the end. His close range shot was brilliantly pushed out by the keeper but the ball fell kindly to the same forward who lashed the re-bound wide. The full time whistle was greeted with a huge cheer from the crowd as Harwood won their third FA Cup tie of the year.

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