In what was a game of two halves (or perhaps one half followed by two quarters!), Tooting finally prevailed to run out comfortable winners this afternoon against Harrow Borough.
Tooting started the game brightly and took the lead in the 9th minute, albeit it came from the most unlikely of sources; the head of Dan Clements. Following some good work attacking down the left wing, Peter Wedgeworth sent a deep cross across the penalty area that evaded everyone. It found Juevan Spencer out on the right who sent the ball back in where Clements, arriving at the far post, headed the ball down firmly before seeing it bounce and rise into the roof of the net. Harrow battled hard to try and get themselves back into the game and forced ‘keeper Matte Pierson into a couple of fine saves to prevent them from doing so. However it was the Terrors who struck again on 35 minutes with another fine move down the left flank. After Dominic Morgan-Griffiths won the ball it midfield it was picked up by Juevan Spencer who played a superb long pass inside the full back where it was picked up by the energetic Peter Wedgeworth who whipped the ball in across the face of the six yard box, where Mike Dixon, under pressure from his marker was on hand to slide the ball home. Sixty seconds later, Tooting scored their third. This time, from a free kick out on the left, whipped in once again by Peter Wedegworth, which Melvin Minter in the Borough goal was unable to hold onto as Mike Dixon headed into the ‘keeper’s chest. As the ball fell loose, it dropped to Omar Folkes who accepted the gift and drove the ball into the back of the net, left footed, from 6 yards out.
As the second half started, Harrow looked to change shape and had Tooting on the back foot. On 58 minutes they got themselves back into the game when a low, long range effort from George Moore, beat Matte Pierson and nestled in the bottom corner of the net. On 74 minutes it looked as if the Terrors’ faithful were in for a nervous final quarter of an hour when Moore was on the scoresheet again, this time a deflected goal from another long range effort. However, Tooting had other ideas and on 82 minutes, substitute Danny Bassett got on the end of a ball played in from the right hand side to stroke the ball into the back of the net from 8 yards out. The visitors’ task then got harder as they were reduced to 10 men after Kurtis Cumberbatch collected a second yellow card. Things were finally sealed for the Terrors on 89th minute when Basset scored his second after making room on the edge of the box before unleashing a right footed shot which beat Minter and restore Tootings’ three goal lead. In the final moments of the game, Harrow’s numbers were further reduced as Curtis Ujah picked up his second yellow of the game for a foul on Matte Pierson.
Photo credit: Sam Conquest