Battling Blues earn a point at Harlow

PUBLISHED: 10:06 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

ARLESEY Town earned a point from a goal-less draw at Harlow s impressive new stadium on Saturday. The home side are serious play-off contenders and were going for a double after winning 2-0 at the Raj Villa Stadium back in December. In a match that saw bo

ARLESEY Town earned a point from a goal-less draw at Harlow's impressive new stadium on Saturday.

The home side are serious play-off contenders and were going for a double after winning 2-0 at the Raj Villa Stadium back in December.

In a match that saw both sides produce chances, the Arlesey midfield worked hard to support their defence and fully deserved their point.

The nearest that the sides came to a goal was in the first half when both struck the crossbar.

Harlow almost took an early lead when James Gray slipped in attempting to clear, letting in Wraight, but he screwed his shot wide.

Then Craig Rydeheard forced a corner, Lee Tekell took the kick and home keeper Jackson dropped the ball for the home defence to scramble clear at the expense of a throw-in.

Darran Hay also failed to make contact after a Tekell free-kick had been worked wide to Dean McElroy whose cross invited a goal.

The home side were playing some fast flowing football and a fine tackle from Steve Dogbe halted Salmon in his tracks.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Kirby took a free-kick that went over the defensive wall and hit the bar before rebounding to safety.

It was the visitors' turn next as Jon Barnett tried his luck from 25 yards only to see his effort rebound back off the woodwork.

Neither side could break the deadlock either in the second half. One opportunity saw Hay hold the ball up and find McElroy whose shot went narrowly past the upright.

For the home side, substitute Winston missed a sitter in the 81st minute.

A fine cross from Wraight eluded all the defenders plus goalkeeper Jack Rashid for the home striker to miss from six yards.

Despite much play of promise, particularly from Harlow, they could not break down spirited Arlesey resistance.

Blues squad: Rashid, Reed, McElroy, Barr, Dogbe, Gray, Barnett, Tekell, Hay, Mills, Rydeheard, A Fehmi, Charamboulis, Townsend, Leon, Bliss.

Their trip to Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Weather permitting, the Blues host Witham Town this Saturday and visit Bury Town on Tuesday night.

# SPORT in Mid Beds is mourning the death of one of its true characters.

Gerald Warren, otherwise known as Big Ged, died of a heart attack at his Arlesey home last Thursday.

He celebrated his 50th birthday last year and was a passionate follower of Arlesey Town Football Club and Henlow Cricket Club.

Gerald's funeral is next Thursday (March 8) at St Peter's Church in Arlesey at 10.30am followed by a wake at the Hitchin Road football clubhouse.

Another supporter of Arlesey Town Football Club, Frank Butt, also died recently.


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