(FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round)


The Robins went into the tie knowing that they would have to be on top form to overcome a very difficult tie against a side flying high near the top of the Northern League 1st Division. The pre-match news wasn’t the kind that the Harwood faithful wanted to hear as Harris, Thompson, Dean, Fisher and Rogers were all missing from the starting line-up.
Thornaby started the game well showing all the signs of a side full of confidence. They passed the ball around well on the immaculate Interlink surface and enjoyed an early spell of pressure. Centre forward Campbell was proving a hand full for the young Harwood defenders and it was he who opened the scoring after 21 minutes.
Harwood settled down and created a couple of half chances of their own and only a goal line clearance kept the visitors in front but tragedy struck right on half time as Storr rose to head home a cross.
Harwood were hoping to get an early reply in the 2nd period but instead it was Thornaby who sealed the win after just 5 minutes play. A chase for a through ball between stand-in keeper Sloane and Campbell was won by the bald headed centre forward who slotted into the empty net.
Try as they might, the Robins failed to make much impression against a solid looking back line, superbly marshalled by player-manager Neal Granycome who was a rock a centre half. Frustration got the better of Anwar who was booked after several fouls and was immediately replaced, as was Ed O’Neil. Neil Kennedy came on for a rare appearance at the back and maybe the defence would have benefited from his presence from the start.
The defeat was the 4th in a row and the team badly needs a leader, someone who will bark out instructions and lead by example. Recent games have seen a rather timid approach from the players who are being brushed aside far too easily.

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