Salford 1 Great Harwood Town 3
Town’s fitness paves way for crucial victory
GREAT Harwood Town left it late on Saturday, but two goals in the last 10 minutes gave them an important victory which pushes them closer to the leaders of the North West Counties Second Division.
Conditions for the game were atrocious and the players battled against driving rain throughout the 90 minutes.
Fitness and stamina proved telling factors in the mud, and it was Harwood who eventually wore down the home defence in the closing stages.
The first half was a disappointing affair as both sides struggled to master the conditions and it was Salford who held a one-goal advantage at the break.
However the visitors hit back shortly after the re-start, with player-coach Harold Martin putting the side back on level terms with a penalty kick.
Salford, a strong physical side, were then put under pressure as Harwood looked for a second goal and the visitors were unlucky not to go ahead on a few occasions.
Manager Malcolm Darling pulled on young substitute Paul Brown for Roger Walker and it proved a worthwhile switch as the youngster grabbed Harwood’s second goal with 10 minutes left.
Harwood made sure of the points in the dying minutes when a Salford defender deflected the ball into his own net.
Harwood’s line-up was:
Mottershead, Vercoe, Astin, Martin, Jones, Blackburn, Moran, Benko, Bennett, Ashcroft, Walker. Sub. Brown.